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21:02
Apple mulls joining reported SoftBank-backed...




Japanese tech giant SoftBank is reportedly in talks to back a $6 billion investment in Chinese ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing, a move that could dilute stakes of existing backers like Apple.

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20:50
Would you pay more for an LTE-equipped Apple Watch...

One of the long-running rumors for Apple Watch is the addition of a cellular data connection. Earlier this month, Zac outlined a few of the problems a data connection could solve, while we’ve also noted of a few of the technical hurdles involved in implementing the feature.

Would you pay more for an LTE-equipped Apple Watch in the form of a hardware or carrier premium? Take the poll below:

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20:35
Safari 10.1

Makes a couple of user interface improvements and patches a number of security vulnerabilities in Yosemite and El Capitan. (Free)

 

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20:09
iOS 10.3 fixes security hole that allowed hackers to...

Apple released iOS 10.3 earlier today and included in it were a host of new features. As usual, however, there are a number of under-the-hood changes as well. Arstechnica notes that iOS 10.3 fixes a bug that in Safari allowed for scammers to trick users into paying fees.

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20:05
Security Update 2017-001 (Yosemite, El Capitan)

Resolves several security vulnerabilities for the two older operating systems. (Free, various sizes)

 

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19:37
Apple's iOS 10.3 patches mobile Safari bug used...




Nefarious actors using a mobile Safari exploit to extort iTunes gift cards from unwitting iOS device users will need to look elsewhere, as Apple patched the web browser flaw as part of Monday's iOS 10.3 update.

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18:06
Apple's iOS 10.3 lets customers leave in-app...




With Monday's iOS 10.3 release, Apple introduced new App Store tools that streamline app ratings and offer new levels of customer outreach by allowing developers to publicly respond to reviews.

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18:02
How to use Apple’s new Find My AirPods feature in...

Earlier today, Apple officially released iOS 10.3 to the public and with it comes a host of new features. One of the most notable new features, however, is for AirPods users. Apple has expanded its Find My iPhone feature to support AirPods, making it incredibly easy for users to quickly find their AirPods if they misplace them.

Read on for full instructions on how to take advantage of Find My AirPods…

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17:58
Daylite: Business Productivity App for Teams on Mac...

Still digging through emails and passing around spreadsheets & notes? There’s a better way to manage leads & projects – with Daylite.

Daylite streamlines your lead management & project management process so you can win more business & get more done.

Integrate directly with Apple Mail to organize emails for clients, projects, and sales opportunities. Track your sales pipeline and set reminders when to follow up. Share projects, schedules, and tasks with others on your team – from your Mac or iPhone/iPad.

Whether you’re a sales team, real estate firm, or lawyer, Daylite can help you win more business and get more done.

Try Daylite free for 30 days!

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17:47
About the security content of iOS 10.3

There were a lot of updates on the security front.

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17:44
Ransomware scammers exploited Safari bug to extort...

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Ransomware scammers have been exploiting a flaw in Apple's Mobile Safari browser in a campaign to extort fees from uninformed users. The scammers particularly target those who viewed porn or other controversial content. Apple patched the vulnerability on Monday with the release of iOS version 10.3.

The flaw involved the way that Safari displayed JavaScript pop-up windows. In a blog post published Monday afternoon, researchers from mobile-security provider Lookout described how exploit code surreptitiously planted on multiple websites caused an endless loop of windows to be displayed in a...

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17:43
Paperboyo: Transforming landmarks with paper cutouts

Seriously, this is absolutely amazing.

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17:29
Weedbukx logo is a lawsuit waiting to happen

An eatery in Trenton, NJ, previously known as Weedman’s Joint — that sells food only in a weed-themed setting — is rebranding as “Weedbukx”. I give it 30 days before Starbucks AND Exxon file a trademark suit against them.

I can’t imagine it’ll take that long.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:14
MainStage 3 gets a HUGE update

Lost in all of the other updates today was probably one of the biggest updates we've seen in a long time. The app? Apple MainStage 3 for Mac, which is a music-oriented companion app to Logic Pro. Reader Wheat Williams sent us the release notes, which may actually make this the longest post ever published on Apple World Today: 

New in MainStage 3.3

New features and enhancements

  • New, modern interface.
  • Support for the Touch Bar on MacBook Pro.
  • True stereo panning provides more control and discrete manipulation of stereo signals.
  • Directly assign software instruments as sidechain sources.
  • Bus routings are now shown in plug-in sidechain menus.
  • MIDI plug-ins can be used to creatively control plug-in parameters.
  • Set folder icons can now be assigned a color.
  • The Toolbar can now be...
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17:13
Video recap: Apple releases iOS 10.3, macOS 10.12.4...




Apple this week issued firmware updates for its major platforms, introducing all new features like Find My AirPods for iOS and Theater Mode for Apple Watch, as well as bringing Night Shift to Mac.

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16:43
Pages for macOS: Always Start New Documents With...

Pages for macOS is a great app, as are its cousins Numbers and Keynote. What many people don’t think is so great is having to select a template every time you want to begin a new document. Jeff Butts shows us how to configure any of the three iWork Suite apps to launch new documents in the Blank template or any other template of your choosing.


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16:35
Apple details new App Store ratings and review...

Following the release of iOS 10.3 earlier today, Apple has offered up more details on support for developers engaging with users in the Reviews section of the App Store. Apple had previously announced that developers would be able to reply to app reviews, but now the company has offered up more details.

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16:33
Password Protection Comes To Pages, Numbers,...

Apple updated its suite of iWork apps across iOS, macOS and iCloud web apps. The feature that stands out the most is the ability to add password protection to your documents using Touch ID. Andrew Orr takes us through the features.


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16:00
Sky Dancer soars at first, although the sensation is...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money). 

Helplessly falling through the clouds at a rapid pace towards the dirt? Terrifying. Controlled falling, on the other hand? Potentially exhilarating. And that’s the kind of sensation that Sky Dancer taps into, blending a familiar behind-the-back endless runner approach with the less-familiar feeling of dropping large distances to platforms below. 

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15:44
UK Home Secretary: Apps Shouldn't Serve as...


UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd on Sunday called for greater government access to encrypted content on mobile apps. Apps with end-to-end encryption, like Facebook's WhatsApp, should not be allowed to conceal terrorists' communications from law enforcement, Rudd said in a television interview. "There should be no place for terrorists to hide," she said. "We need to make sure that organizations like WhatsApp -- and there are plenty of others like that -- don't provide a secret place for terrorists to communicate with each other."

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15:40
Apple and Facebook are serious about augmented...

A new report brings back the speculation that Apple is working on a pair of augmented reality glasses, and paints Facebook as a direct competitor.

According to the Financial Times (note: this article is behind a paywall), Apple and Facebook have stepped up their efforts to develop augmented reality glasses. Previously, Apple’s AR efforts were linked to the iPhone, and Facebook seemed occupied with the virtual reality capabilities of Oculus. Now, both tech giants are eager to create an AR wearable, according to the report.

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15:22
∞ The Dalrymple Report Podcast: With special guest...

This week I’m joined by iMore’s Rene Ritchie to talk about WWDC and its move to San Jose; Tim Cook’s assertion that creative pros are important to Apple; The MacBook Pro and Mac Pro; iPad sales; and Pandora Premium.

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15:19
Analyst: Apple supply chain hints at LTE Apple Watch...

As noted by Barron’s, a semiconductor analyst is today out with a note to investors in which he outlines observations and tidbits from a recent trip through Asia. Christopher Rolland of Susquehanna Financial Group met with various suppliers and tech companies in Asia, including Broadcom and Qualcomm, learning a lot about what’s in the pipeline for Apple and its devices…

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15:06
Twitter rolling out advanced word & phrase...

Over the last week, Twitter has started rolling out more advanced filtering features allowing users to block words, phrases, hashtags, and more. The company announced today that the new features are now available on iOS. Read on for more details and how to take advantage…

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15:03
Hands-on with the updated Apple TV Remote app for...

As we noted in a prior post, Apple has updated its Apple TV Remote app to version 1.1. This latest version, which comes on the same day as tvOS 10.2 and iOS 10.3, brings long-awaited iPad support to the table.

Along with support for the iPad, the updated Apple TV Remote app features an enhanced Now Playing interface complete with support for lyrics and Up Next playlists for music, along with several other notable features. Have a look at our hands-on video walkthrough with the Apple TV Remote app inside. more…

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15:01
Ahead of WWDC 2017, Apple releases Swift 3.1 as part...

Following last year’s Swift 3.0 release, Apple has officially released Swift 3.1 today with Xcode 8.3. Now that Swift has hit its first major point release in third iteration, the team will be putting their focus onto Swift 4.

Swift was recently in the spotlight as it’s original creator, Chris Lattner, had left to join become Tesla’s VP of Autopilot Software.

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14:42
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 27...

Notable software releases this week include iTunes 12.6, EagleFiler 1.7.5, GraphicConverter 10.4, HoudahGeo 5.1.8, PopChar X 7.7, and Default Folder X 5.1.4.

 

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14:42
ExtraBITS for 27 March 2017

In ExtraBITS this week, Apple has announced (but not released) Clips, a new social photo and video app, and the U.S. and UK have both banned large carry-on electronics from flights originating from several African and Middle Eastern countries.

 

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14:36
AWT News Update: March 27, 2017

Monday brought us a bumper crop of updates for operating systems and apps:

  • Remember to join us for AWT TV tonight at 6:30 PM PT/9:30 PM ET
  • iOS has been updated to version 10.3, changing all iOS devices to the new AFPS file system. Hear about the other OS changes for Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV.
  • Apple developers have until Friday morning to sign up for the WWDC ticket lottery
  • Facebook Messenger for iOS adds a live location sharing feature

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14:22
Apple updates Pages, Numbers, Keynote on iOS and...

Along with iOS 10.3 and macOS Sierra 10.12.4, Apple has posted updates for Pages, Numbers, and Keynote on both the iOS and macOS platforms.

The word processor, spreadsheet creator, and presentation tool have received Touch ID support on both platforms, allowing you to quickly open password-protected documents. 

The Mac versions add support for the Touch Bar introduced with the 2016 MacBook Pro, as well as new leader lines that make pie charts easier to read and a simpler method for replacing fonts through an entire document.

Pages on both platform gets the ability to add math equations to documents using either LaTeX or MathML notation. You can add bookmarks to link from one part of a doc to another. You can import and export in Rich Text Format. New stock and currently functions provide up-to-date securities data in tables. 

Numbers now lets you add current or historical stock information to your spreadsheets. You can use the new My Stocks Template to...

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13:58
Apple TV Remote app gets an iPad interface

To accompany iOS 10.3, Apple has updated the Apple TV Remote app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The 1.1 upgrade adds a specific iPad interface for the first time.

The free app allows you to control your Apple TV with your iOS device, foregoing the necessity to use the Siri Remote device. You can control Apple’s set-top box with a swipe of your finger or use the keyboard to enter text. Plus, you can use the app along with the Siri Remote. 

Apple TV Remote 1.1 offers an enhanced “Now Playing” experience with lyrics and playlists for music and chapters, audio tracks, and captions selection for movies and TV shows. It also offers general performance and stability improvements.

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13:56
Verizon plans to test 4K TV for its FiOS customers

Verizon has been relatively late to 4K TV (its competitors hopped aboard a while back), but it's at least making up for lost time. The carrier and its partner SES have confirmed that they'll soon test 4K delivery to FiOS TV customers. There's no ment...

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13:52
Notable apps and app updates for March 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

Sun And Moon Apps has debuted Hero! 1.0. In the free game, you’re the hero of your choice. Decide from a range of different characters as you journey through the unknown. You must find the key to unlock the dungeon door and escape. Along your way you must battle different types of enemies that can jump and shoot. The better you get with your sling blade the better your chances of escaping the dungeon alive.

Nexx Studio has debuted Temple Jump 1.0. It’s a retro-flavored pixel art game in which players must jump from platform to platform while collecting...

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13:51
Apple Releases macOS 10.12.4, watchOS 3.2, and tvOS...

The most significant release of the day may have been iOS 10.3, but Apple showed some love to its other three operating systems as well, adding a new feature or two and providing some bug fixes and other under-the-hood improvements.

 

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13:46
Apple releases Classroom iPad app version 2.0 w/...

Alongside public releases for iOS 10.3, macOS 10.12.4, watchOS 3.2, and tvOS 10.2 today, Apple has officially released version 2.0 of its Classroom app for iPad previously in beta.

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13:29
Sarah Silverman is hosting a weekly talk show on Hulu

The success of new shows like John Oliver's Last Week Tonight on HBO, Chelsea Handler's Chelsea on Netflix and Samantha Bee's Full Frontal on TBS show there's a pretty big market for comedians giving funny and impassioned takes on the news. Get ready...

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13:28
Analyst: Higher iPhone 8 price to help control high...

A new analysis shared today by Business Insider from JP Morgan’s Rod Hall shows further proof that an iPhone ‘supercycle’ is imminent. A larger than normal amount of users on older generation models are expected to finally upgrade to Apple’s newest device later this year.

In Hall’s analysis today, he believes the new iPhone 8 is expected to have a higher price point helping to curb some of the device’s inevitable high demand. Hall believes features like wireless charging, a larger display, and improved camera tech will convince those lagging behind to finally upgrade.

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13:26
Facebook updates Messenger for Apple's iPhone...




Facebook on Monday began rolling out a new feature -- Live Location -- to its Messenger apps for iOS and Android, just days after Google announced a similar feature for Google Maps.

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13:02
Apple knows you keep losing your AirPods

If you're an AirPod owner, you've probably felt a twinge of panic or two over the thought of losing one on your daily commute. Luckily, Apple now has a solution. As part of the company's fresh 10.3 iOS update, you can now track down a missing earbud...

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12:57
TMO Background Mode Interview with Microsoft Chief...

Ben Rudolph is a Microsoft Chief Creative Architect. That means he’s responsible for consumer, retail marketing. In Ben’s words, “his team … builds the experience that turns shoppers … into fans of Microsoft. That involves everything about how the Microsoft brand shows up to consumers in the retail environment.” That may not have been of interest to Apple fans just a few years ago, but the arrival of CEO Satya Nadella has changed all that. Ben and I chatted about his early career interest in being a physician and the path that led him, instead to Microsoft. Then we got into the Microsoft’s Surface Studio that sent shock waves through the Apple community last year. We also discussed the refreshing new corporate mission of Microsoft under Mr. Nadella. This interview will take Apple fans where they’ve never gone before.


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12:56
News: Report: 10.5” iPad Pro could still arrive this...

Despite the release of an updated 9.7” iPad model last week, multiple sources are suggesting that the much-rumoured 10.5” iPad Pro may still be just around the corner. A new report in Forbes cited IHS Markit analyst Rhoda Alexander indicating that the production of the new 10.5” iPad Pro model is expected to commence this month, although she noted that an April launch “still looks somewhat tentative.” This is largely…

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12:42
Facebook hires former Apple designer Michael Hillman...




Facebook is taking on Michael Hillman -- a person with 15 years at Apple, including key work on the company's Mac desktops -- as the head of hardware at its Oculus VR division.

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12:40
News: Apple’s Pages, Numbers, and Keynote apps gain...

Along with the release of iOS 10.3 earlier today, Apple has also updated its iWork suite of productivity apps with several new features, including the ability to open password-protected documents in each app using Touch ID and format text as superscript of subscript and change text background color. Pages 3.1 also allows users to bookmark document sections, use LaTeX and MathML notation, and import and export RTF documents. Numbers 3.1 improves the…

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12:40
Apple opens registration lottery for WWDC 2017

Apple on Monday announced that developers who want to attend the Worldwide Developers Conference in June can now enter a lottery for the opportunity to buy tickets. Would-be attendees have until Friday, March 31 at 10 a.m. PT to register into the lottery.

After the lottery registration closes, Apple will randomly select entries, and those selected will be notified that they can purchase tickets. The price of a single WWDC ticket is $1,599 and is for conference only—accommodations need to be booked separately.

This year’s WWDC is being held June 5-9 at the McEnery Convention Center in downtown San Jose, California. According to Apple, several hotels are...

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12:33
Air pollution makes surprisingly good art supplies

Plumes of diesel exhaust contain a mixture of things both nasty and harmless. A lot of it, however, is carbon. Carbon can be useful and (as you might recall from school) is often jet black in color. Start-up Graviky has created an exhaust filter that...

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12:30
A tour of iOS 10.3: Checking out APFS, the Settings...

Enlarge / An iPhone 5 running iOS 10. Version 10.3 is likely to be its last big update. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple has just released iOS 10.3 to the general public, an update which is likely to be the last major release of iOS 10; at this point in the year, work usually begins in earnest on the next major release of iOS, which will be revealed at WWDC in June. The update is available for everything that runs iOS 10: the iPhone 5 and newer, the fourth-generation iPad and newer, the iPad Mini 2 and newer, both iPad Pros, and the sixth-generation iPod Touch.

The update has been going through the beta process for a couple of months now, and since it’s likely to be iOS 10’s last major update, we’ll spend some extra time with a few of the high-profile features. I’ve also spent a tiny...

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12:27
Britain’s Home Secretary Pushes for Encryption Back...

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd says it’s time for technology companies to give law enforcement a way to decrypt private communications because terrorists shouldn’t have a way to secretly chat. Her comments come in the wake of a terrorist attack in London where five people were killed.


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12:19
Review: AudioQuest NightOwl Carbon Headphones

You should hear the AudioQuest NightOwl Carbon. At $700, it might cost more than you plan on spending, but you should hear it. When you do hear them, you might think they sound too dark or even dull, but you should keep listening. The NightOwl was a challenge to review – it asks for time, re-listening, and re-calibration of expectations about what it means for a headphone to sound “accurate.” It appears that the NightOwl was designed thoughtfully and purposefully, such that the sound coming through its drivers is exactly what AudioQuest wanted us to hear. Though the NightOwl’s tone is an acquired taste, we feel that it is a headphone that sounds like its’ designer’s choices rather than compromises; a rare bird indeed.
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12:13
macOS 10.12.4 update brings Night Shift to the Mac...

Enlarge / The $1,499 MacBook Pro running macOS Sierra.

Apple has just released macOS 10.12.4, the fourth major update for Sierra since the operating system was released last September. In addition to the typical bug fixes and security patches, the update brings over one minor feature from iOS: Night Shift, which can subtly change your screen's color from a cooler blue tone to warmer yellow tones in an effort to help you sleep better.

Night Shift was originally introduced in iOS 9.3 about a year ago. Since then, Google has added a similar feature to Android 7.0, and Microsoft is going to include a version of it in...

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12:03
Intel's extra-fast 3D storage comes to your...

It didn't take long for Intel's 3D Optane storage to reach a product you can realistically buy. The chip maker has introduced Optane modules designed to boost the performance of your desktop PC. They're strictly cache drives that only hold 16GB or 32...

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12:02
Apple TV Remote app updated, adding iPad support and...




Once iPhone and iPod Touch only, Apple has updated the standalone Apple TV remote app, and for the first time has a specific iPad interface.

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11:44
Apple TV Remote Update Adds iPad Support, More

Apple’s slew of updates on Monday also included Apple TV Remote 1.1, which finally adds iPad support to the Apple TV remote control app. Previously, the app was limited to the iPhone and iPod touch.


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11:41
FBI's facial recognition database is...

Despite law enforcement's attempt to conceal its existence, it's no secret that half of Americans over the age of 18 -- 117 million people in total -- are part of a massive facial recognition database, their personal information culled from DMV files...

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11:40
Apple is Upgrading Millions of iOS Devices To a New...

Apple today began rolling out iOS 10.3, the latest point update to its mobile operating system. iOS 10.3 brings with it several new features, chief among which is a new file system -- called the Apple File System (APFS). From a report: It's a file system that was originally announced at WWDC last year, and it's designed with the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, and Apple TV in mind. Apple has been using its 31-year-old Hierarchical File System (HFS) for iOS devices so far. It was originally designed for Macs with floppy or hard disks, and not for modern mobile devices with solid state storage. Even its successor, HFS+, still doesn't address the needs of these mobile devices enough. Apple's new APFS is designed to scale across these new types of devices and take advantage of flash or SSD storage. It's also engineered with encryption as a primary feature, and even supports features like snapshots so restoring files on a Mac or even an iOS device might get a lot easier in the future...

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11:36
macOS: Accented Letters Are Surprisingly Easy to Type

If you’re typing in French, German, Latin, or another language, you need to know how to type accented letters. You could always use the Keyboard Viewer, but Jeff Butts has found there’s actually an easier way. Follow along to learn yet another handy macOS tip.


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11:22
Apple Releases macOS 10.12.4 with Night Shift,...

Apple released macOS 10.12.4 Monday, an update that adds a couple of new features and some other minor improvements. The biggest new feature is Night Shift, technology that shifts your Mac’s display towards the red at the end of your day. The update also adds cricket scores for Indian Premier League and the International Cricket Council to Siri. Apple also added a slew of enterprise-specific features.


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11:20
Apple releases watchOS 3.2 with new Theater Mode and...

Enlarge (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

The latest update for the Apple Watch is now available. Apple is pushing out watchOS 3.2 today to bring two key features to its smartwatch: Theater Mode and SiriKit. This is the second addition since Apple released the huge watchOS 3 update back in September 2016.

Theater Mode has been talked about a lot as Apple released betas of watchOS 3.2 over the past few months. It lets you mute sounds and disable the raise-to-wake feature of the watch, meaning its screen won't light up when it senses your wrist turning to check the time. This takes the Apple Watch's current Silent Mode onestep further, essentially eliminating all...

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11:20
Apple Releases tvOS 10.2 with Watch Anywhere Video...

Along with iOS 10.3, Apple released tvOS 10.2 on Monday. The update for the fourth generation Apple TV added support for renting an iTunes movie on one device and watching it on another.


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11:18
Amazon's store of the future has bugs to work...

Amazon was planning on a public launch of its cashier-less Go convenience store at the end of March according to The Wall Street Journal, but the retailer has hit a few speed bumps. The test location in Seattle uses cameras, sensors and algorithms to...

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11:10
Lengthy iOS 10.3 install time likely due to...




Early adopters of the full iOS 10.3 release are seeing lengthy install processes, with multiple device reboots -- probably as a result of the shift to Apple's new APFS.

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11:06
Apple releases watchOS 3.2 and tvOS 10.2

In addition to updates for iOS and macOS, Apple has released updates for watchOS and tvOS.

watchOS 3.2

To update to watchOS 3.2, you first need to update your iPhone to iOS 10.3. Your Apple Watch needs to has at least a 50 percent battery charge and be within range of your iPhone. After that, you can get the watchOS update through the Watch app. Tap on General, then Software Update. You can read about the update before you tap Download and Install.

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11:01
News: Apple releases tvOS 10.2 and Apple TV Remote...

Apple today released tvOS 10.2 for the Apple TV, adding improvements to scrolling behaviour, support for cross-device movie rentals, and improvements to the Apple TV Remote iOS app. The new “rent anywhere” feature debuted last week in iTunes 12.6 and in iOS 10.3 earlier today, now allows users to rent a movie in from iTunes on their Mac or PC or on their iPhone and iPad and watch it on their Apple TV. When scrolling in a long list, an…

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11:01
Amazon taps 'Moonlight' director for...

In the arms race for filmmaking talent and marquee shows, Amazon just scored a big win for its streaming originals. Oscar winning writer and Moonlight director Barry Jenkins has signed on with Amazon to adapt Colson Whitehead's best-selling book, The...

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11:01
Apple released a new Software Update

Apple just released a new Software Update:

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11:01
Apple released a new Software Update

Apple just released a new Software Update:

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11:00
Apple adds Touch ID security in updated iOS, macOS...




Alongside macOS 10.12.4 Sierra and iOS 10.3 releases, Apple has also updated its Numbers, Pages, and Keynote productivity apps with Touch ID authentication, and assorted bug fixes.

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10:57
Apple releases security update ‘2017-001’ for OS X...

Apple has released a new security update for OS X Yosemite and El Capitan, or OS X 10.10 and 10.11, the operating system released two years and one year ago. Apple hasn’t yet detailed what security fixes are included beyond these release notes:

Security Update 2017-001 is recommended for all users and improves the security of OS X.

The update could be related to recent security vulnerabilities detailed in the news or routine maintenance for older versions. macOS 10.12.4 is the latest version of the Mac operating system for compatible machines and was released earlier today.

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10:55
UK Anti-encryption Push, Woz at Startup World Cup –...

There’s a new government call to for tech companies to let law enforcement bypass our security and encryption, but this time it’s from the United Kingdom. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to look at the ramifications if the U.K. forces the issue, plus Bryan fills us in on Steve Wozniak’s presentation at Startup World Cup.


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10:53
Apple Ships iOS 10.3 with Find My AirPods, More Siri...

Apple shipped iOS 10.3 Monday, a significant update to the company’s mobile operating system. Major features include the ability to find your AirPods under Find My iPhone; new Siri integration with third party apps; new CarPlay features, including daily curated playlists from Apple Music; and perhaps most importantly, the official rollout of Apple File System.


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10:51
iOS 10.3 Adds New File System, Find My AirPods,...

The iOS 10.3 update introduces huge new changes, such as the new APFS file system, AirPods support in Find My iPhone, cross-platform iTunes movie rentals, developer responses to App Store reviews, and more.

 

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10:50
How to force an update to the final version of iOS...

If you’re currently running the beta version of iOS 10.3, but you’re not seeing the new iOS 10.3 software update, there’s a simple way to force your device to find it. You’ll need to remove the iOS Beta Software Profile before your device will be able to see the final iOS 10.3 public release. We show you how to do so in this brief step-by-step guide. more…

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10:47
News: Apple releases watchOS 3.2, featuring Theatre...

Apple has publicly released watchOS 3.2 for the Apple Watch, adding the long-rumoured Theatre Mode feature along with SiriKit to allow developers to integrate watchOS apps with Siri. The new Theatre Mode feature, which can be enabled from the Control Centre, allows users to mute the sound and disable “Wake Screen on Wrist Raise” with a single button, thereby preventing the Watch from lighting up automatically when the wrist is raised.…

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10:46
Apple released a new Software Update

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Apple released a new Software Update

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Apple released a new Software Update

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10:44
∞ Beard Bash 2017 at WWDC

I am so happy to announce that for the seventh straight year I’ll be holding a party at WWDC as a way to say thank you to developers. The party is being held at the City National Civic Center in San Jose—directly across the street from WWDC. The event will be on
Monday, June 5, 2017 from 8-12 pm.

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10:43
Apple TV Remote app updated with iPad support,...

Apple TV Remote for iOS has been updated with iPad support as expected. Apple TV users can use this app to control navigation and interact with Siri just like with the physical Siri Remote. Apple has also improved how Now Playing works with the latest update:

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10:40
∞ WWDC ticket lottery kicks off today

Apple on Monday kicked off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference ticket lottery. This gives developers the opportunity to purchase a ticket for the event, but doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get one. […]

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10:39
Android creator Andy Rubin teases his new smartphone

The creator of Android, Andy Rubin, is building a new smartphone -- and today, he shared the first image of his mysterious hardware. It's just a tease, revealing only the corner of the phone, where battery, time and network information is displayed i...

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10:33
Don't Let the Next Catastrophic Phishing...


What I think is amazing about all of the massive data breaches we hear about is that we know most are not reported. In other words, for every email, customer record, or financial theft in the news, there likely are hundreds that remain in the shadows. This problem is huge and yet another incident came to light last week. A clever Lithuanian individual was able to pull a whopping $100 million from a bunch of unnamed Internet companies using a combination of phishing tactics and fake vendors spread across a multitude of companies.

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10:28
Apple releases macOS 10.12.4, watchOS 3.2 & tvOS...




In addition to iOS 10.3, Apple on Monday released macOS 10.12.4 with Night Shift, watchOS 3.2 with SiriKit and Theater Mode, and lastly tvOS 10.2, featuring smaller enhancements.

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10:26
Facebook will remind you to vote in local elections

Facebook isn't limiting its get-out-the-vote initiatives to federal elections. The social network is now offering reminders to vote in local US elections, whether they're at the county, municipal or state level. You'll see these notices as long as yo...

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10:25
Apple's 2016 supplier sustainability report...

Apple takes environmental sustainability seriously, but producing electronic devices that don’t cause harm to the earth or the people who make those devices requires the efforts of Apple’s suppliers, too. That’s why the company enforces standards for its partners, and according to Apple’s 11th annual supplier sustainability progress report, 2016 saw dramatic improvements.

Apple audited 705 suppliers and found 98 percent compliance with a 60-hour maximum work week, a new high. Apple removes partners from its supply chain who don’t meet its standards for labor and human rights, and in 2016 the company ceased working with three suppliers, BuzzFeed reported.

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10:23
News: Apple releases iOS 10.3 with Find My AirPods,...

After a significant number of beta releases, Apple has finally released iOS 10.3 to the public today, featuring a new “Find My AirPods” option along with several improvements to Siri and CarPlay along with some other more minor changes and fixes. “Find My AirPods” allows iOS 10.3 users to user the “Find My iPhone” app to view the last reported location of their AirPods as well as playing a loud sound on one or both…

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10:22
Apple releases iOS 10.3, macOS Sierra 10.12.4, watch...

Apple has released iOS 10.3, macOS Sierra 10.12.4, watch OS 3.2 and tvOS 10.2 after weeks of public and developer beta testing.  iOS 10.3 updates the file structure on an iOS device to the Apple File System (APFS). 

AFPS is optimized for Flash/SSD storage and features “strong encryption, copy-on-write metadata, space sharing, cloning for files and directories, snapshots, fast directory sizing, atomic safe-save primitives, and improved file system fundamentals.”

The upgrade also includes a new "Find My AirPods" ability, additions to Siri, CarPlay improvements, and some changes to Maps. Also, developers will be able to respond to customer reviews on the Apple App Store.

The iOS 10.3 update can be performed "over the air" through the software update feature on compatible iOS devices. Or you can download it via iTunes, then install it on a connected device.

macOS 10.12.4 brings iOS's Night Shift mode to the Mac, allowing...

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10:15
Apple opens developer lottery registration for WWDC...




Starting immediately and extending through Friday morning, developers can now sign up for the ticket lottery for Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose.

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10:11
AltConf and Layers conferences relocating to San...

Apple announced back in February that this year’s WWDC would move from San Francisco to the quieter city of San Jose. A major question that followed was what impact that might have on developer community events usually held in San Francisco during Apple’s major conference. Now two prominent conferences for the Apple community that take place during WWDC week have unveiled their plans for this year.

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10:10
Pages, Numbers, & Keynote for Mac and iOS add...

Apple has just released new updates to their iWork suite across iOS, macOS, and the iCloud webapps. The updates today includes the ability to open password-protected documents using Touch ID on the new MacBook Pro, iPhones and iPads, alongside new editing features for all the applications.

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10:08
Apple releases macOS Sierra 10.12.4: What’s new in...

The new revision of macOS Sierra has just been released by Apple. macOS Sierra 10.12.4 is now available for Mac users, but before you install it, here’s the lowdown on the new features. It’s not a major update, so there’s no need to rush to install it. When you do decide to do so, be sure you back up your Mac’s data first.

Night Shift

The major new feature in macOS Sierra 10.12.4 is Night Shift, which made its debut in iOS 9.3. Night Shift is available on the following Macs:

  • MacBook Air (Mid 2012 or later)
  • MacBook (Early 2015 or later)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 or later)
  • Mac mini (Late 2012 or later)
  • iMac (Late 2012 or later)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013)

With Night Shift activated, your Mac’s display adjusts its colors so it uses less blue light and instead uses...

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10:05
Facebook Messenger can share your location in real...

Plenty of messenger and map apps let you share your location with friends. iOS has its "Find My Friends" app and you can share your location through iMessage, while Hangouts similarly lets you share where you're at with friends. And that's just first...

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10:03
Apple rolling out macOS 10.12.4 software update with...

Apple is now rolling out the official macOS 10.12.4 release through the Mac App Store. The latest version of macOS Sierra is the first to bring Night Shift to the Mac.

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10:02
Apple opens WWDC 2017 lottery and scholarship...

If you plan on attending Apple’s annual developers conference, the window for WWDC 2017 registration is now open. Apple is expected to unveil iOS 11 and macOS 10.13 at the upcoming conference.

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10:01
tvOS 10.2 with new features and SDK improvements now...

Apple is rolling out tvOS 10.2 for Apple TV. tvOS 10.2 focuses on “new features, bug fixes, and improvements in the OS and SDK” according to release notes. Apple TV Remote on the App Store is also expected to get iPad support.

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10:01
Apple released a new iOS Firmware

Apple just released iOS 10.2 (Build 14W265) for:

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10:01
iOS 10.3 is ready to install with Find My AirPods,...

Developers and beta testers have already had a field day with iOS 10.3, and today it’s your turn to try the new software update.

After seven beta releases, iOS 10.3 is finally here. This dot-release brings with it the ability to track your AirPods from the Find My iPhone app and the switch from the outdated HFS+ system to the new Apple File System. In addition, iOS 10.3 lets you leave reviews in-app and will give developers the chance to reply to your reviews in the App Store.

It’s always important to back up your iOS device before attempting to install any new software, but because iOS 10.3 switches to a new file format, you might run into some unexpected compatibility issues. So, it’s extra important to create a backup this time.

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09:58
watchOS 3.2 with Theater Mode and SiriKit for Apple...

Apple is now rolling out watchOS 3.2 for Apple Watch. watchOS 3.2 includes Theater Mode which disables raise-to-wake and mutes alerts.

more…

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09:58
iOS 10.3 now available for iPhone, iPad with Find My...




After seven beta releases, Apple has released iOS 10.3 with Find My AirPods, APFS implementation, and other improvements for developers and the App Store.

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09:56
Rumor: Siri to get iMessage integration, adapt to...




Apple is planning a slate of Siri updates for "iOS 11" which should include things like more adaptive AI and integration with iMessage and iCloud, according to a rumor stemming from an Israeli site.

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09:56
Apple releases iOS 10.3 with Find My AirPods, Apple...

Apple is rolling out iOS 10.3 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The latest software update includes Find My AirPods support, CarPlay improvements, Apple’s new filesystem, and more.

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09:52
Don’t let Congress give away your right to privately...

Regardless of the “I don’t have anything to hide” argument, this is something everyone should be concerned with.

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