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Tuesday March 20

Linea Sketch 2.0: elegant, approachable sketching...

Along with the slight name change, the app comes with a bunch of cool features.

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'Subscribe with Google' attempts to...

Google is launching a new initiative to make it easier for users to subscribe to their favorite news sites, without leaving the service, or engaging in a lengthy sign-up process.

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Apple's fleet of self-driving vehicles almost...

Apple's fleet of self-driving vehicles has almost doubled over the past two months, according to the Financial Times (which requires a subscription). The article says that, based on figures provided by the California Department of Motor Vehicles, the tech giant now has permits for 45 autonomous vehicles, up from 27 in January.

Apple's fleet is now the second largest in California, behind only General Motors subsidiary Cruise Automation and its 110 cars, according the Financial Times. Google-owned Waymo has 24 self-driving test cars in the state, while Tesla has 39.

Last June Apple CEO Tim Cook...

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Pay What You Want for the 2018 Arduino Enthusiast E-...

We have a great deal for Arduino fans, a collection called the 2018 Arduino Enthusiast E-Book Bundle. Better yet, you can pay what you want. Pay anything, even a penny, and get one of the ebooks. Beat the average price ($10 as of this writing), and you’ll get all ten ebooks in the bundle. Beat the leader’s price, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a Surface Book.

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News: Apple changes policy to force developers to go...

According to a policy update from Apple, developers will soon no longer be able to change support URLs and the text in the “What’s New” section on the App Store without going through the company’s App Review process again, 9to5Mac reports. Changes to that metadata will now require developers to submit an entirely new app update where up until now the app support URL, marketing URL and update notes were able to be edited at…

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FT: Apple ramping self-driving car testing, more CA...

Apple doesn’t appear to be slowing down on its mysterious self-driving car technology testing. As noted in a new report on Uber’s fatal accident involving an autonomous vehicle, the Financial Times includes new data on how many self-driving cars Apple may be testing in California.


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Here’s How to Block Facebook Platform Data Sharing

Cambridge Analytica worked Facebook’s own system to harvest millions of profiles and then used that data in Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign. That was all thanks to Facebook Platforms, which is a feature you can disable. Read on to learn how.

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Apple HomeKit showcased in giant Westfield London...

UK retailer John Lewis is opening a new 230,000 sq. ft. location in the Westfield London shopping center today, and on display in the giant new department store is a full display dedicated to Apple HomeKit. HouseBeautiful got a sneak peek at the setup before the doors opened to the public…


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ElevationLab launches CordDock for iPhone, a unique...

ElevationLab has today released its newest iPhone accessory, CordDock. The idea behind this product is an iPhone stand that allows users to dock and undock their iPhone easily while effortlessly being able to choose to keep it charging/syncing via an included MFi Lightning cable or to disconnect it totally. Video and more details after the break.


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Technogym claims first 5,000 GymKit-enabled cardio...

As part of the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association’s annual conference, Technogym is touting a new number for how many Apple GymKit-enabled cardio machines the company has deployed: over 5000. GymKit lets users instantly sync workout data between fitness equipment and Apple Watch to provide the most accurate readings.


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Telegram loses Supreme Court appeal in Russia, must...

Not long after Telegram was pulled from the App Store when Apple learned it was serving child pornography, the encrypted messaging app has lost a Supreme Court appeal in Russia, and been ordered to share its encryption keys with KGB successor, the Federal Security Service (FSB) …


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HomePod Diary: I want another one for sure, maybe...

I wrote last time that one of the tests of truly useful technology is how quickly it stops feeling like a luxury and starts feeling like something you wouldn’t want to live without.

For me, streaming music started out as a luxury – something I used to supplement my own collection of music – and has turned into my primary music source. Not just because it gives me access to music that would otherwise have cost me a fortune, but also because For You playlists have introduced me to more new artists than I could count.

I’m finding that HomePod is moving rather rapidly into the same category: a gadget I wouldn’t want to be without.

A month on, I can report that HomePod has definitely completed that transition …


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How to teach Siri to pronounce a name correctly

Lory Gil, iMore:

Siri’s voice pitch and natural language has improved significantly over the years. But, just like humans, she can sometimes mispronounce a name. You can teach her how to pronounce names correctly. Here’s how.

If you’ve never gone through this exercise, this is well worth your time, a tip updated to the latest and greatest version of iOS.

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French App Store macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 listing...

The French app store let the High Sierra release notes slip a little early, suggesting that the most recent beta is extremely close to release and will include official support for external GPU technology.

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Beware taking your Mac running High Sierra to the...

Charles Arthur, The Overspill:

I wrote a while back about the problems I had with my 2012 retina MacBook Pro, and its strange shutdowns – which I suspected, but couldn’t absolutely prove, were due to the graphics card problem that these models have been known to suffer from: when the discrete graphics card was activated, there was a chance it would go completely off the rails.

Finally it shut down and didn’t seem to want to start.


The only way to absolutely prove that the problem with the computer was the graphics card, of course, was to take it to a Genius Bar. After eventually getting an appointment (the Mac Geniuses are rare, compared to the iPhone/iPad Geniuses), I turned up with the rMBP which I’d left for dead.

If you’ve got a Mac, especially if you are running High Sierra, take a few minutes to read this story.

My hope is that this is specific to Charles’ Apple Store and not a symptom of a much wider problem. And I do take heart...

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Apple poised to jump into video, with over 50...

According to a new digital media trends survey, Americans spend more than $2 billion per month on streaming subscriptions, and Apple appears ready to capture some of that in the near future with its aggressive content creation moves.

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Apple tweaks developer policy regarding iTunes...

Apple has told developers that there’s a new policy regarding iTunes Connect. Starting next month, the “What’s New In This Version” text and the support URLs in App Store listings will no longer be able to changed at will, according to 9to5Mac.

Changes to this metadata will now require a new app update to be submitted to the App Store. Previously, the app support URL, marketing URL and update notes were editable by the developer at any time. 

iTunes Connect is a suite of web-based tools for managing content sold on iTunes, the iBooks Store, and the various app stores. 

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Apple leaks official release notes for macOS 10.13.4...

For the latest macOS 10.13.4 beta seed, the update notes merely say ‘This is the latest version of the macOS High Sierra developer beta and is recommended for all Apple developers’ in English locales as normal for pre-release builds. However, it seems Apple has accidentally published the final full release notes in some other languages.

The release notes indicate that iMessage Business Chat will be available on macOS, as well as formally supporting external GPU (eGPU) systems. You can read the full French release notes for the upcoming High Sierra update, with an English translation, after the jump …


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Apple grows carrier billing options in UK, France,...

People wanting to take advantage of carrier billing for Apple Music, the App Store, and other Apple online services now have further options in several European countries.

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Analyst: iPhone X production meets expectations,...

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — Cowen and Company analyst Karl Ackerman says production for the iPhone X has met expectations but may drop lower than anticipated. He adds that a revamped iPhone SE is likely, but not guaranteed.

Ackerman projects that 53 million iPhone X units were built in the first quarter of 2018, which is "largely in line" with an estimate made 30 days ago, suggesting the production would produce 52.5 million units. The analyst forecasts that 42.5 million Apple smartphone units will be produced in the second quarter. This includes nine million iPhone X units, but is down overall from Cowen and Company’s preliminary estimate of between 13 and 16 million units. 

Regarding an iPhone SE 2, Ackerman says that Apple has apparently planned a second generation of the...

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How to reset your Mac’s Bluetooth module to fix...

Tim Hardwick, MacRumors:

Bluetooth is what your Mac uses to connect to wireless devices like keyboards, mice, trackpads, speakers, and other peripherals. Generally, it’s a reliable technology. At some point however, the chances are you’ll run into difficulty establishing a Bluetooth connection with one or more of your devices.

Most problems can be fixed by unpairing and repairing the Bluetooth device, changing its batteries, rebooting your Mac, or performing an SMC reset. But if none of these methods work, you can always try resetting your Mac’s Bluetooth module. Here’s how to do it in macOS using the hidden Bluetooth Debug menu.

Great tip, well documented.

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Apple AirPods: the audiophile review

Vlad Savov, The Verge:

As The Verge’s resident headphones obsessive, I’m not supposed to like the AirPods. My initial reaction upon first seeing them many months ago was to pour scorn on Apple’s designers for crafting a pair of expensive and easy-to-lose cigarette butts. The AirPods were the resurrection of the awful Bluetooth headsets of years past, I thought. But this year, I finally got around to testing a pair of the AirPods for myself, and I finally understand why everyone who owns them loves them.


My wireless-doom scenario is walking into my kitchen, which is so full of metal things that it’s like a Faraday cage, while leaving my music source device in the bedroom: every non-Apple pair of wireless headphones I test becomes unusable in that situation. With the AirPods (and the Beats Solo and Studio 3, which have the same W1 wireless chip) connected to my MacBook Pro, I maintained a pretty decent connection with only minor dropouts in the kitchen....

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Apple has a two-year lead in the 3D sensing race

Most Android phones will have to wait until next year to duplicate the 3D sensing feature behind Apple's Face ID security, three major parts producers — Viavi Solutions Inc, Finisar Corp and Ams AG — told Reuters.

This is history repeating itself. When the iPhone 5S launched with a fingerprint-sensing home button in September 2013, for example, it took its biggest rival Samsung until just April of the next year to deliver its own in the Galaxy S5, with others following soon after.

The 3D sensor shortage will handicap Samsung and others on a technology that is set to be worth billions in revenue over the next few years, enabling facial recognition, biometrics for payments, gesture sensing, and immersive shopping and gaming experiences.

“It is going to take them a lot of time, the Android-based...

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Self-driving Uber car kills pedestrian

Daisuke Wakabayashi, New York Times:

Arizona officials saw opportunity when Uber and other companies began testing driverless cars a few years ago. Promising to keep oversight light, they invited the companies to test their robotic vehicles on the state’s roads.

Then on Sunday night, an autonomous car operated by Uber — and with an emergency backup driver behind the wheel — struck and killed a woman on a street in Tempe, Ariz. It was believed to be the first pedestrian death associated with self-driving technology. The company quickly suspended testing in Tempe as well as in Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto.


A preliminary investigation showed that the vehicle was moving around 40 miles per hour when it struck Ms. Herzberg, who was walking with her bicycle on the street. He said it did not appear as though the car had slowed down before impact and that the Uber safety driver had shown no signs of impairment. The weather was clear and dry.

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Apple grabs two-year lead in Face ID 3-D sensing race


Most Android phones will have to wait until 2019 to duplicate the 3D sensing feature behind Apple’s Face ID security, three major parts producers have told Reuters, handicapping Samsung and others on a technology that is set to be worth billions in revenue over the next few years.


Tech research house Gartner predicts that by 2021, 40 percent of smartphones will be equipped with 3D cameras, which can also be used for so-called augmented reality, or AR, in which digital objects cling tightly to images of the real world.


According to parts manufacturers Viavi Solutions Inc, Finisar Corp and Ams AG, bottlenecks on key parts will mean mass adoption of 3D sensing will not happen until next year, disappointing earlier expectations.

That means that China’s Huawei, Xiaomi and others could be a total of almost two years behind Apple, which launched Face ID with its iPhone X anniversary phone last September.

Supply chain...

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iPhone X production has met expectations, '...

Production for the iPhone X has met expectations but may drop lower than anticipated, according to an analyst note to investors examining the Apple supply chain, with the report also suggesting the 'iPhone SE 2' has a good chance of launching, but the upgrade to the cheapest device in the iPhone range isn't guaranteed to happen.

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Developers will need to go through App Review to...

Apple is today informing developers of a new policy change through iTunes Connect. From April, the ‘What’s New In This Version’ text and the support URLs in App Store listings will no longer be able to changed at will.

Changes to this metadata will now require a new app update to be submitted to the App Store.


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StarTech chassis is a solid expansion option for Mac...

StarTech’s $316.99 Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Expansion Chassis with DisplayPort is a useful turnkey solution for those wanting to beef up the expansion options on their Mac laptop (or, okay, Windows laptops), though its video options are slightly limited. The chassis lets you add your choice of external PCI Express (PCIe) card to a laptop.

The Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Expansion Chassis with DisplayPort can handle a variety of PCIe expansion cards, such as a PCIe USB 3.1/3.0/2.0 and USB-C, SSD, network, eSATA, FireWire or video capture cards. It sports a dedicated port for connecting a DisplayPort monitor. You can attach a second extended monitor display via the Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port.

However, it doesn’t support video cards and doesn’t provide full power delivery. 5K support can only be achieved using a Thunderbolt 3 5K monitor. DisplayPort 5K monitors won’t work with StarTech’s chassis.

A 4K-capable...

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Will take Android brands two years to catch up with...

Parts shortages mean that it will take Android brands two years to catch up with Face ID, according to suppliers of key components used for 3D camera modules.

This is in part due to Apple’s R&D lead, they say, but also due to its tight control of the supply-chain …


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How to allow others to control your Home accessories

You can allow other folks to control your Home accessories if you wish. You and the people you invite need to be signed into iCloud and have iOS 11.2.5 or later. You also need to be at your home or have a home hub set up in your home.

To invite others:

  • Tap the Home tab, then tap the arrow icon in the upper-left corner.
  • Tap Invite.
  • Enter the person's Apple ID that they use with iCloud.
  • Tap Send Invite.
  • Your recipient will get a notification in the Home app on their iOS device.

To accept an invite:

  • Open Home and tap the arrow icon.
  • Tap Home Settings.
  • Tap Accept, then tap Done.
  • After you accept the invitation, tap , then tap the name of the Home to control it.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)

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Analyst: Apple will see around 20% growth in...

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — RBC analyst Amit Daryanani, Apple is projected to see around 20% growth in services revenue this year thanks to "increased monetiziation [sic] of install base" and "growth in the aggregate iOS install base." 

"We believe [Apple] stock should continue to outperform the market driven by strong FCF generation, ability for outsized capital allocation and a growing iOS install base that generates sustained and recurring FCF growth," he wrote. 

Apple services include Apple Music subscriptions, iTunes Music, iCloud storage plans, paid apps from Apple's App Store, and Apple Care service plans, Apple Pay, etc. In its most recent quarter, Apple posted $8.5 billion in revenue in its services category, up 13% year-over-year.

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Notable apps and app updates for March 20, 2018

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

Abine, the online privacy company, has integrated Face ID into its privacy-focused Blur password manager and digital wallet. This means free or premium Blur users can auto-fill account logins at any web site by looking at their phone

macOS Apps/Updates

Mellel has released Mellel 4.1, an update to its word processor. The upgrade offers a host of new export capabilities and features for both its Mac and iPad versions.

Mellel can now import Microsoft Word DOCX documents.  Users can now set letter-spacing easily...

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Samsung Galaxy S9+ edges out iPhone X in drop test...

The good news is that Apple’s upgraded glass for the iPhone X is pretty tough where drops are concerned.

The bad news is that the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+’s thicker glass and aluminum may be a bit tougher.

SquareTrade today conducted its traditional breakability tests on the Galaxy S9 devices to test Samsung’s claims. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ did indeed manage to beat out the iPhone X and older Galaxy devices, but they still didn’t fare well when dropped.

In each drop test, which was conducted from a height of six feet, the Galaxy S9 and S9+’s glass shattered. The two devices bent at 230 and 210 pounds, respectively, and both were cracked in a 60 second tumble test. The Galaxy S9 earned an overall breakability score of 71, while the larger Galaxy S9+ earned a score of 76.

In previous testing from back in November, SquareTrade conducted identical tests on the iPhone X and labeled it “the most breakable iPhone ever,” given that it too shattered at both...

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Rumor: Apple exploring MicroLED display technology...

The next generation of Apple displays for Apple Watches and iPhones could be based on MicroLED technology.

Apple is reportedly developing its own MicroLED screens for future Apple Watches and iPhones that would make them thinner, brighter, and more energy efficient. The current rumor has it that the Apple Watch would receive the new displays first, followed by iPhone, but the advancements are still likely years away.

The technology, if perfected on Apple’s end, could allow for screens that are lighter, thinner, far more power efficient and hopefully cheaper.

At present, Apple does not control the displays for its iPhone and Apple Watch devices. It currently it outsources its display manufacturing to Samsung, LG, Japan Display (a joint venture by Sony, Toshiba, and Hitachi), and others. Samsung is Apple’s sole supplier of iPhone X OLED displays, which Apple only recently starting using in iPhone X after debuting the screen tech in the original Apple Watch. All...

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Linea Sketch 2.0 adds Split View, Drag & Drop,...

Linea is easily one of the best iPad apps to use with Apple Pencil, and today The Iconfactory is shipping version 2.0 which starts with a refreshed name: Linea Sketch. Linea Sketch 2 includes new multitasking features, loads of new tools for illustrating and note-taking, and much more.


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Monday March 19

Apple has two-year head start on Android in 3D...

Apple's savvy supply chain acumen has afforded it a two-year lead in a mounting 3D sensing arms race the company sparked with the introduction of Face ID on iPhone X, as reports claim major suppliers will not have crucial parts available for Android makers until 2019.

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eBay uses augmented reality to help you pick...

It can be a pain to sell your gear on eBay for many reasons, not the least of which is packaging. How do you know a box will be large enough without having it on hand? eBay can help: it just launched a previously teased, ARCore-based augmented realit...

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Apple, IBM partnership expands with new machine...

Apple and IBM late Monday announced an expansion to their existing partnership that will allow customers to roll out advanced in-app machine learning capabilities through Apple's Core ML and IBM's Watson technology.

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Fortnite estimated to have grossed $1.5M in in-app...

Though it launched on iOS as a limited "early release" last Thursday, Epic Games' Fortnite is already sitting atop the App Store's free app download charts and, according to fresh estimates from Sensor Tower, has grossed more than $1.5 million in worldwide in-app purchases.

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Fortnite for iOS generated over $1M of in-app...

Last week, Epic Games officially launched its popular Fortnite game on iPhone and iPad. While the game itself is free, there are a slew of in-app purchases available to users. New data from Sensor Tower indicates that Fortnite gamers spent over $1.5 million on those in-app purchases…


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Apple Maps Adds Transit Directions for West Virginia

Apple Maps added support for transit directions in West Virginia this week, as first noted by AppleInsider. The directions included below are transit directions within the city of Charleston, WV. Support for this area isn’t listed on the Apple Maps feature list, yet, but they are live now. Our screenshot was taken early evening, Monday.

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Comparison: iPhone X vs. Galaxy S9+ biometrics

Samsung's recently released Galaxy S9+ comes with a new Intelligent Scan biometric security feature that essentially combines Face Recognition and Iris Scanning technology seen in last year's Note 8. Find out how it compares with Apple's Face ID on iPhone X in this video.

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Analyst sees ‘signs of trouble’ for Apple due to...

Falling in line with analysts this morning, a new investor note from research company Nomura Instinet today outlines how the rising price of the iPhone could spell trouble for Apple. In the note, obtained by CNBC, analyst Jeffrey Kvaal writes that he sees “trouble” at the high-end of the market for Apple…


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SquareTrade claims Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+ at lower...

Device insurance provider SquareTrade recently ran its usual barrage of stress tests on Samsung's Galaxy S9 and S9+ handsets, saying that while the phones are more durable than Apple's iPhone X, they still crack when dropped.

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Navigating The Apple Support Mire – Mac Geek Gab...

Sometimes things go very wrong with Apple’s tech support department. And hey, that’s why Mac Geek Gab is here to help. But what happens when MGG has issues with Apple’s support? They get answers is what happens, and then they share what they’ve learned about properly navigating that murky mess.

That’s not all they share, though, because you have your questions, too. Scheduled restarts, spam management, subtitles on your own movies, and more. Listen, learn, and enjoy!

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How to write a Jeopardy! clue

Jeopardy! has always been my favorite game show but I never gave the process of the creation of the clues much thought.

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Apple takes Transit directions live in West Virginia

Continuing an apparent acceleration in the rollout of Apple Maps Transit data, Apple recently activated public transit directions across West Virginia, granting users in major metropolitan areas access to bus, tram and rail information.

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Fatal Crash Leads Uber to Halt Autonomous Car Tests

Uber suspended its autonomous vehicle test program in the U.S. Monday after a woman was struck and killed by one of the company’s test vehicles in Tempe, AZ.

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The REAL Reason Apple Dropped the Headphone Jack...

Neil Cybart at Above Avalon goes into considerable detail as he explains Apple’s strategy to control sound products. And that means, amongst other things, the dedicated headphone jack  on the iPhone had to go.

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TMO Background Mode Interview with Apple World Today...

Dennis Sellers is a seasoned journalist, reporter and news editor. He knew at a very early age that he wanted to become a journalist and that led to his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Tennessee. He worked in the newspaper business for over 20 years, wrote freelance while he taught, earned his Master’s degree, signed on with MacCentral in the 1990s. After MacCentral was assimilated, he launched Macsimum News, an online newspaper covering the Mac industry and Apple news. In 2015, he joined Apple World Today as news editor. Dennis and I chatted about the state of Apple, hopes for macOS, his experience with his HomePod, Apple and education and what Apple might reveal at WWDC in June. He also explained the interesting domain his website uses.

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Fortnite vs. PUBG on iOS—The battle of the battles...

At this point two weeks ago, neither Fortnite: Battle Royale nor PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds were on the iPhone or iPad in the U.S., but now both wildly popular games are fighting for our attention and downloads. Join us on Tuesday for our Apple Arcade show at 11 a.m. Pacific when we’ll play both games live and decide which one we love the most.

As you may recall, we’ve already played a bit of the beta for Fortnite: Battle Royale on iPad and iPhone and shared our impressions of the experience (along with some footage). On Tuesday, we’ll play both Fortnite and PUBG back-to-back and see in real-time how their controls and performance compare.

To read this article...

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Apple's services business booms amid continued...

Apple's services business is booming, and it could serve to offset reported softness in demand for the iPhone X, as well as smooth out the valleys in seasonal earnings drops expected to arrive this quarter.

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Apple Will Open a Full Retail Store in Tokyo’s...

t will be the 8th Apple Store in Japan, or the 9th if you count Apple Watch at Isetan Shinjuku.

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How to set up Family Sharing and create a child’s...

Family Sharing is a handy feature that Apple offers to let up to six people share things like iCloud Storage, Apple Music, iTune purchases, location data, and more. Whether you’ve never needed the feature before or just want to get it set up for the first time, follow along for how to start using Family Sharing.


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9to5Mac Daily 049 | March 19, 2018

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.


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Apple issues sixth macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 beta to...

Apple on Monday released the sixth developer beta for macOS High Sierra 10.13.4, one week after a fifth evaluation version was made available for testing.

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Apple Seeds macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 Developer Beta...

The two biggest known new features in this release cycle are Messages on iCloud and Business Chat.

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Apple World Today News Update: March 19, 2018

Apple Campus 3 (architectural rendering)

A pair of short -- but fascinating -- stories to start off the week:

  • We look at some possibilities on what may be announced at Apple's educational event in Chicago next Tuesday
  • Apple Campus 3 (AC3) is about to open, another big Apple building about four miles north of both 1 Infinite Loop and Apple Park

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.

Text Version

This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update podcast for Monday, March 19, 2018. 

Every time Apple announces an event for the press, two things happen: first, Apple...

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Instagram testing ‘quote-Storied’ feature with small...

Snapchat may not be the only company Instagram is looking to copy. The company may be looking into copying Twitter’s quote-tweet feature.


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Apple releases macOS 10.13.4 beta 6 for developers

Apple has released macOS 10.13.4 beta 6 for registered developers to test on compatible Macs. We’ll dig in to the new version and detail changes below.


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Tencent's version of PlayerUnknown's...

Not to be outdone by Epic's Fortnite, Tencent's licensed version of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds -- better known as PUBG -- is now officially available for the iPhone and iPad.

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Amazon Kindle app gains support for Split View on...

The Amazon Kindle app for iOS has been updated today with a handful of new features. Amazon’s eBook application has been getting regular updates to fix bugs and add new features, and today’s update is no different. More details after the break…


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macOS High Sierra: Disable Screenshot Shadows With...

This can be useful if you prefer to create your own shadows.

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Revisiting the forgotten history of obscure Apple...

For many iPhone X owners, two of the most hotly anticipated upcoming Apple products are accessories. Both previewed during last fall’s keynote address at Steve Jobs Theater, the AirPower wireless charging mat and AirPods wireless charging case arrive on the heels of another high-profile Apple accessory – the HomePod.


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Magic Leap opens up AR headset to developers with...

Virtual and augmented reality company Magic Leap has finally allowed developers to start producing content for its Magic Leap One Lightwear AR goggles and wearable computer, using GDC to launch its developer portal containing a software development kit and development guidelines.

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds now available on...

Following Fortnite, another titan of the battle royale genre is coming to iPhone and iPad: PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds today announced that PUBG is today debuting on iOS (free).

Battlegrounds Mobile is a ‘faithful adaptation’ of the popular PC first-person shooter game, where 100 players land on a map and try to survive until just one squad remains.


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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 19...

Notable software releases this week include OmniFocus 2.12.1, Retrospect 15.0, Microsoft Office 2016 16.11, and Slack for Mac 3.1.


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ExtraBITS for 19 March 2018

We have only one ExtraBIT this week, in which analyst Ben Thompson explains why the United States blocking Broadcom’s acquisition of Qualcomm might be a good thing.


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Logic Pros Review: is KORG Gadget’s massive library...

Today on Logic Pros we are taking a look at KORG Gadget for Mac, and more specifically the sizable Gadget Plug-in Collection that comes with it. The folks at KORG were nice enough to give us a complete license in order to give the full suite of instruments a run for their money inside of Logic Pro X. more…

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How to extend your wireless network by turning a Mac...

Most people like the idea of having Wi-Fi available throughout their home, but in black spots at the edges of the hotspot's coverage area, the signal may be too weak to use properly. Rather than paying for more network hardware to extend the range, AppleInsider shows how to use a Mac connected to a wired network as an impromptu wireless access point.

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Latest ‘Swift Unwrapped’ episode features interview...

It’s not every day that you get to hear Apple engineers openly talk about their day jobs, but episode 50 of the Swift Unwrapped podcast is an exception to that. Apple engineers Ben Cohen and Doug Gregor who both work on Apple’s Swift development language joined the latest episode of the Swift development podcast to discuss the upcoming release of Swift 4.1 and more.


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Pedestrian killed by Uber self-driving car, testing...

Safety driver was behind the wheel of car, which was in self-driving mode, in Arizona tragedy, and the company has now halted all testing of the technology.

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Apple’s microLED Plant, iPhone Hacking GrayKey – TMO...

John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple’s microLED facility in California, plus iPhone security and the GrayKey hacking device.

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News: Leaker’s latest photo shows ‘Blush Gold’...

Well-known Apple product leaker Benjamin Geskin has posted photos of a “Blush Gold” iPhone X that he claims is in production now. The tweet includes a professional-looking shot of the back of the iPhone X in a copper-gold color and another grainier shot of a SIM tray in a different gold color. But Geskin has already been wrong about the number of colors the iPhone X would feature at launch and others have jumped the gun on speculation…

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Deals: 13" Touch Bar MacBook Pros and 27"...

New deals have just arrived, bringing shoppers the lowest prices of the year. Save $200 on both Apple's Mid 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 27-inch iMac 5K. Or opt for an upgraded model and save up to $300 while supplies last with no tax in most states.

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Save $100 on select 10.5-inch iPad Pros with Wi-Fi...

Best Buy has been offering quite a few “best buys” on iPads lately, and the retailer is back on its kick again, this time by offering a $100 discount on select 10.5-inch iPad Pro models with Wi-Fi for a limited time.

The best deals center on the 256GB and 512GB models, and you’ll get free shipping on all of them.

With one exception, you’ll even be able to choose from all of the standard colors, which tends to be a rarity with these types of sales. That means you can pick up the latest 256GB 10.5-inch iPad Pro in space gray, rose gold, silver...

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What we expect from Apple’s ‘field trip’ education...

Apple made a surprise announcement on Friday when it unveiled plans to host a special education event at a high school in Chicago later this month. Apple says it will reveal “creative new ideas for teachers and students” at Lane Tech College Prep High School on March 27, and we already have a good idea of what to expect.


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Latest Canary app update adds support for masking...

In the latest version of the Canary app, version 2.14.0, the company will be rolling out a new masking feature that allows users to block certain areas of the Canary’s field of view. This allows for the Canary to ignore motion or activity in certain areas and could be crucial for cameras placed in areas with pets, for example.


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If you want a 'Fortnite' invite for your...

Gamers waiting to get an invitation from Epic Games to try out 'Fortnite' on their iPhone or iPad can gain access early via other players, with current participants receiving emails advising them of the availability of friend invitations on their accounts.

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PDFConverterOCR 5 for Mac: $19.99

We have a deal on PDFConverterOCR 5 for Mac. The name tells you what it does, but it also features advanced character accuracy and recognizes more than 200 languages. It’s $19.99 through us.

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This is just a heads-up that we’ll be transitioning everything — Web site, mailing list, commenting system, membership system, and more — to new servers in a few weeks.


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Tesla begins taking Apple Pay for Model 3...

Tesla has started accepting Apple Pay for the $1,000 deposit on the Model 3 -- the automaker's first EV aimed at the mass market, already in a huge production backlog because of demand and slow production.

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The New Team AWT Community Forum

Did you visit Apple World Today over the weekend? If you did, you probably noticed some subtle changes, like the addition of the word “Forum” in the menu at the top of the page. Those changes have already been announced to the members of Team AWT, the group of Apple World Today readers who support this website through monthly or annual donations. The big news is the addition of the Team AWT Community Forum

Over the past two years, we’ve tried various methods of getting a community started as part of Apple World Today — a place where you can post your opinions, ask questions, provide answers to other readers, take a poll, or just talk about Apple products new and old. One of those methods was a Facebook page just for Team AWT members, but not every reader uses Facebook. Another was to create a chat room in Slack, but some users were concerned about needing to use another...

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Gold color iPhone X rumored to have started...

Before the iPhone X was officially revealed, there were a lot of rumors and part leaks about a ‘blush gold’ color model (like the header picture in this article). KGI reported that the gold iPhone X was facing production issues and may not be ready for the initial launch. Apple debuted the iPhone X in just Space Gray and Silver. At least according to one rumor, the gold iPhone X may indeed be launching soon.


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Get a great deal on this combo iPhone case / gaming...

The classic Gameboy wasn't fancy, but you could play a ton of classic games like Tetris, Tank, Snake, and Formula One Racing and have a great time! Today's deal is on the Wanle Gamers Console for iPhone ($33.99), which is an iPhone case for iPhone X, 7/8, and 7/8 Plus that is also a Gameboy-like gaming console!

That plastic case feels like an old Gameboy, and the controls are just familiar enough to make it easy to try to beat the old top scores from your youth. Check out the video below for an idea of just how it works.

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Grading the rumors -- assessing Apple's...

With a new Apple event just days away, the rampant speculation has begun. AppleInsider weighs in on the current crop of rumors and reports, and discusses possibilities for the unusual event, happening far away from Apple's new campus.

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Leaker revives rumors of Apple making 'blush...

A "blush gold" version of iPhone X -- once rumored to ship last year -- is not only still alive, but entering production, according to a prominent leak source.

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Tesla now accepting Apple Pay for Model 3...

Tesla now accepts Apple Pay payments from customers reserving the new Model 3 electric vehicle. As the company ramps up production of its most affordable EV yet, supporting Apple’s payment platform makes reservations easier and faster than ever.


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News: Democrats interested in Apple’s download...

A memo released last week by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee could put Congress on a legal collision course with Apple if Democrats take back the House of Representatives, The Intercept reports. On page 20 of the document protesting the Republican decision to end the HIC’s Russian collusion inquiry, the Democrats proposed the committee go after Apple’s “records reflecting downloaded encrypted messaging apps for certain…

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Apple Accidentally Highlights iOS 11 Bug in iPhone X...

Apple has a fun new commercial out highlighting Face ID on the iPhone X. The message in the ad is that you can use your face to unlock pretty much anything, and its wrapped up in music and a little dancing. Bonus: If you look closely at the end of the commercial you can see an iOS 11 bug where text briefly flows outside a Messages notification bubble.

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OmniFocus 2.12.1

Addresses a database migration issue introduced in the previous version. ($39.99 new, free update, 31.9 MB)


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Charge your new iPhone X or Galaxy S9 without...

If you have a new iPhone X or Galaxy S9 and you're tired of plugging it in every night, you can stop the madness by putting a wireless charger on your nightstand. And Amazon just so happens to have a great deal on one right now.


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Proposed reforms could force Apple to pay taxes all...

This upcoming Wednesday, the European Commission is expected to reveal a tax proposal would require digital media companies -- including Apple -- to pay based on where they generate revenue, rather than where they choose to locate their European headquarters.

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Comment: The three reasons I think Apple has created...

OLED superseded LCD because it’s brighter, has better color saturation, and is more power-efficient. microLED is expected to replace OLED within the next few years for the same reasons – it improves on all three of those factors.

I don’t believe that Apple’s ‘secret manufacturing facility‘ for microLED screens indicates any desire or plan on Apple’s part to move into large-scale component manufacturing, but I do think it’s a very smart move.

I suspect there are three reasons Apple has established the facility …


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News: Report: Apple developing its own MicroLED...

For the first time, Apple is developing its own MicroLED screens for testing purposes, Bloomberg reports. Sources claim Apple has made a “significant investment” in the program designing and producing the new displays at a secret California manufacturing facility near the company’s headquarters. MicroLED screens can be built slimmer than OLED displays while still delivering a brighter display that consumes less power thanks to different…

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Apple Has its Own MicroLED Display Manufacturing...

Apple has a secret plant in Silicon Valley where it has been making its now MicroLED display panels.

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Apple reportedly developing microLED displays for...

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Apple is reportedly taking a big step toward making its own displays, and it isn't using the technology you may be most familiar with. According to a Bloomberg report, a secret facility in California close to Apple Park houses engineers developing microLED displays for Apple mobile devices. While Apple has been making its own chips for its mobile devices for a few years, this would be the first time the company has attempted to build its own displays.

MicroLED technology is still in its infancy, particularly in its application in consumer electronics. We last saw microLEDs show up in Samsung's gigantic, 146-inch TV...

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Apple to launch a new retail store in Japan on April...

Apple will launch a new store in the Shinjuku ward of Tokyo on Saturday, April 7, reports 9to5 Mac. It will be the company’s eighth retail outlet in the country.

Shinjuku is a special ward that’s a major commercial and administrative centre, housing the Northern half of the busiest railway station in the world (Shinjuku Station) and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, the administration centre for the government of Tokyo. As of 2015, the ward has an estimated population of 337,556.

With the opening of its Shinjuki establishment, Apple will  have 504 retail stores in 24 countries and an online store available in 39 countries.

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Apple’s next big display innovation could be...

Apple’s devices might have some of the best displays on the planet, but according to a new report, there could be a big change on the horizon. Well, technically a big small change.

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman is reporting that Apple is developing its own MicroLED screens for future Apple Watches and iPhones that would make them thinner, brighter, and more energy efficient. The report says Apple Watch would receive the new displays first, followed by iPhone, but the advancements are still likely years away.

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