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Saturday April 29

15:45
Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music...

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. Last week we saw some major announcements from SuperBooth 17, and this week we are focusing on iOS. We get an interesting new sequencer from Reactable, a new AI-powered iOS drum app from Positive Grid, artificial reverb processing from Mac and the limited run of a Moog legend… more…

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13:34
How to change Backblaze password and add two-factor...

A lot of Apple World Today readers are also customers of online backup pioneer Backblaze, and yesterday they all received an email from the company titled simply "Protecting Your Account". In this short post, we'll show you how to change your Backblaze password and set up two-factor authentication. First, here's the email in its entirety if you haven't yet seen it:

To start the process of changing your password and setting up two-factor authentication, first go to backblaze.com and sign into your account. Once you're logged in, follow these simple steps:

1 - From the account overview page, click My Settings (circled in blue in image above). This takes you to your account settings page, which includes a section for security settings.

2 - To begin with, make sure that you have verified the email address associated with your...

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13:26
Latest Apple Park drone footage shows rough edges in...




New drone footage of Apple Park in Cupertino indicates that while the complex may be largely complete, significant work remains -- particularly in landscaping and on the Steve Jobs Theater.

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12:10
Apple Dubai Mall opening

The inside of the store looks pretty much like every other Apple store. But Apple has really taken advantage of the location and the outside of the store is magnificent.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:31
7 things you don’t know about “Reservoir Dogs as...

I would pay significant amounts of money for a tape of that reunion. Dogs is one of my top 10 favorite movies.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:23
Raw images from Cassini

If you’re an astronomy nerd, do not go to this site. Your weekend will be shot. There are 383,000+ and counting images.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:40
This week’s top stories: iPhone 8 reports, Apple’s...

In this week’s top stories: iPhone 8 reports, Apple’s self-driving car, Apple Watch NikeLab, building a Hackintosh, and much more.

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09:22
∞ Heineken’s “Worlds Apart” ad

Hey Pepsi – here’s how you do socially relevant advertising. I showed this to The Publisher and he couldn’t post it through his tears of joy so I’m doing it on his behalf.

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09:13
This lawsuit goes to 11

Spinal Tap is one of the most fun movies you’ll ever watch and it’s a travesty it’s creators have been screwed out of millions of well-deserved dollars.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:50
AT&T says it will start throttling grandfathered...

AT&T is no stranger to capping data use and it’s now expanding those efforts to tablet devices. The carrier has started sending emails to users grandfathered into the unlimited data tablet plan, informing them that their data speeds could be throttled once they hit 22GB…

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07:17
Two San Diego Apple Stores robbed in less than an...

Apple Stores around the world are often targets of robberies and now we’re seeing yet another example of that. According to a report from local news outlet 10 News, two Apple Stores in San Diego were robbed in less than an hour…

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03:00
The Week in Apple News and Rumors: Today at Apple,...

Apple headlines for the week ending Apr. 28, 2017

Image by Apple

Plenty of important news and juicy rumors from the past week. Check out the Apple-related headlines in this week’s slideshow. Just click on the link to get more information.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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00:26
This week on AI: Apple's Siri & AirPlay...




By far one of the most popular stories this week was that Apple's Siri-based Amazon Echo competitor might not only be alive, but nearly finished. We also caught a glimpse of Apple's self-driving testbed SUVs, and news that the fight between Apple and Qualcomm is stepping up a notch.

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Friday April 28

20:46
There's a slackbot for people who like to shit...

Online dating and work chat apps have been separate entities for entirely logical, productive and HR-compliant reasons. But a dating app-maker has decided that the line dividing office life and love life should be blurred with the help of a chatbot f...

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19:53
Yik Yak's anonymous chat app is shutting down

Just four years after it started, Yik Yak is shutting down. In the past couple of years, issues like bullying have taken a toll on the allure of the anonymous internet, while this app had its own issues with threats and harassment. In a blog post, th...

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18:28
AT&T to throttle tablet data speeds of...




AT&T on Friday warned users with grandfathered unlimited tablet data plans that they might see transmission speeds throttled when consuming more than 22 gigabytes of data in a single billing period.

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17:44
Portland plans to convert poop into fuel

The city of Portland has come up with an unusual way to replace diesel fuel. It's going to convert waste methane from sewage into renewable natural gas. That's right -- trucks in the future could run on poop.

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17:09
Apple extends Apple Watch warranty to cope with...




Apple on Friday alerted authorized repair facilities to an Apple Watch service coverage extension for first-generation devices suffering from battery swelling, a rare issue impacting a small segment of owners.

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16:37
Elon Musk wants to build a traffic-skipping tunnel...

Back in December, SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk sent a frustrated tweet vowing to alleviate traffic by grabbing a tunnel-boring machine and going to work. While this seemed like the usual What If thought Musk dispatches to the Twitterverse, it s...

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16:20
Apple, Tesla Ask California To Change Its Proposed...

Tesla and Apple have asked the state of California to change its proposed policies on self-driving cars to allow companies to test vehicles without traditional steering wheels and controls or human back-up drivers, among other things. Reuters reports: In a letter made public Friday, Apple made a series of suggested changes to the policy that is under development and said it looks forward to working with California and others "so that rapid technology development may be realized while ensuring the safety of the traveling public." Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Google parent company Alphabet Inc, Ford Motor Co, Uber Technologies Inc, Toyota Motor Corp, Tesla Motors Inc and others also filed comments suggesting changes. Apple said California should revise how companies report self-driving system "disengagements." California currently requires companies to report how many times the self-driving system was deactivated and control handed back to humans because of a system failure or...

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16:14
Apple extends repair coverage to 3 years for Apple...

Apple has extended its service coverage for Apple Watch (1st gen) models experiencing expanded/swollen battery problems to three years, covering customers for service for an additional two years beyond the complimentary 1-year Limited Warranty that it provides with the device.

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15:31
Fitbit says that Flex 2 didn't explode on its...

Wisconsin resident Dina Mitchell said she suffered second-degree burns on her arm after her Fitbit Flex 2 suddenly caught fire on Tuesday, while she was reading a book.

Today, Fitbit says that didn't happen.

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15:15
We destroyed a collectible Doritos bag to get at its...

Junk food and summer blockbusters go hand in hand -- from the nachos, popcorn and candy you buy at the cinema, to action-hero faces plastered on every brand of potato chips at the supermarket. This has been the way of the world as long as I can remem...

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14:46
NASA pushes first launch of its Mars rocket to 2019

The Space Launch System (SLS), the heavy rocket NASA plans to send humans to Mars with, won't get its first launch until 2019. Tech problems have delayed the project years later than Congress' originally estimated it would debut, but space agency off...

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14:44
Robbers target two San Diego Apple stores, make off...




Three men brandishing knives robbed two San Diego Apple stores within the space of an hour on Friday, and the small gang is still on the loose with an unknown amount of merchandise.

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14:22
AWT News Update: April 28, 2017

Alleged iPhone 8 case schematics and mold

It's the last AWT News Update of the month! Today we have:

  • New photos emerge showing an alleged manufacturing mold for an iPhone 8 with all the right openings in all the right places
  • Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou met with President Donald Trump today, says that the iPhone manufacturer is planning several US investments
  • Apple's self-driving test cars are on the roads, and Apple responds to California DMV requests for comments on testing protocols and reporting requirements

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

Text Version

This is Steve Sande for Apple...

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14:18
Apple Music clips are the new stars of Musical.ly...

Part creation tool, part social network, the popular Musical.ly app lets users make and share their own music videos using segments of songs. Thanks to a new deal with Apple, the service's users will be able to add songs from the vast Apple Music lib...

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14:00
Rumor: New 'iPhone 8' schematic and...




A set of unverified photos posted online on Friday claim to show manufacturing molds, as well as a schematic diagram for said molds, being prepared for production of Apple's "iPhone 8."

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13:50
The war for the soul of the password

Obviously, whoever invented the password system was a jerk. And whoever started adding all those little rules for password creation is a sadist. Not the kind of sex-positive sadist with a flag for their kink and a set of consensual negotiation rules...

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13:38
Certain iPhone News Contributors Need to get Their...

When it comes to reporting on iPhone news and rumors, it’s important to keep your rumors and facts straight. Not everyone does that, though, and it has Jeff Butts a bit concerned about the state of Apple news and rumor reporting. Let’s pick apart one recent article and make some sense of it.


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13:33
Stealthy Mac malware spies on encrypted browser...

A new malware program that targets macOS users is capable of spying on encrypted browser traffic to steal sensitive information.

The new program, dubbed OSX/Dok by researchers from Check Point Software Technologies, was distributed via email phishing campaigns to users in Europe.

One of the rogue emails was crafted to look as if it was sent by a Swiss government agency warning recipients about apparent errors in their tax returns. The malware was attached to the email as a file called Dokument.zip.

What makes OSX/Dok interesting is that it was digitally signed with a valid Apple developer certificate. These certificates are issued by Apple to members of its developer program and are needed to publish applications in the official Mac App Store.

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13:26
Red Hat Gives JBoss AMQ a Makeover


Red Hat on Thursday announced JBoss AMQ 7, a messaging platform upgrade that enhances its overall performance and improves client availability for developers. JBoss AMQ is a lightweight, standards-based open source platform designed to enable real-time communication between applications, services, devices and the Internet of Things. It is based on the upstream Apache ActiveMQ and Apache Qpid community projects. JBoss AMQ serves as the messaging foundation for Red Hat JBoss Fuse, providing real-time, distributed messaging capabilities.

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13:22
Merriam-Webster's idea of 'sheeple'...

I'll admit it: I'm an unabashed Apple fanboy. I spent far too much on a Macbook Pro with specs that would cost half as much in the Windows world, I love my pair of ridiculous-looking and easily misplaced AirPods and I may or may not have a box full o...

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13:16
Three Reasons to Try the Opera Web Browser

After writing about the death of Obama-era FCC privacy rules, Josh Centers took another look at the Opera Web browser, which includes a built-in VPN, and found that there was much more to like about the oft-forgotten browser.

 

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13:08
iPhone 8 mold shows vertical dual-lens camera...

Continuing with this week’s flow of supposed iPhone 8 leaks, Benjamin Geskin is back at it again today. The latest images show off the iPhone 8’s mold with the new vertical dual-lens camera system lining up with his previous leaks.

more…

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13:06
Review: FABRIQ AirPlay and Bluetooth Alexa-Enabled...

The economy speaker market is getting pretty crowded these days, with a lot of options vying for your attention and dollars, so needless to say when we initially heard about another $50 speaker by a new player, Fabriq, we expected it to be just another relatively unremarkable entry. However, Fabriq has done quite a few interesting things with its new wireless speaker that make it a huge breath of fresh air and innovation in the sub-$100 speaker market, blending support for Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, AirPlay, Alexa, and more into an attractive and portable package. There's a lot more to Fabriq's eponymously-named speaker than you'd expect from its small stature and low price tag. {/exp:char_limit}
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12:59
Airbnb makes it easier for road warriors to find a...

Airbnb is becoming a more popular option for business travelers. Employees from more than 250,000 companies around the world have signed up to use it for work, the company says. So, Airbnb caters to these road warriors with a new search tool that sho...

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12:51
Facebook, By Its Very Design, Cannot Avert the...

Recently, Facebook has suffered some difficulties that were caused by its very design. It’s clear now that one of the features of large, complex social services that they contain within themselves the seeds of tragedy. Worse, thanks to the money at stake, there’s no remedy.  Not even a tough one.


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12:51
9to5Rewards: Status Audio’s CB-1 Closed Back Studio...

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is Brooklyn, NY-based Status Audio, a company with the mission of making premium, high-quality headphones and studio monitors without the branding and inflated price tag of competitors.

The company has two pairs of its extremely well-reviewed CB-1 Closed Back Studio Monitors (pictured above and below) to give away to 9to5Mac readers this week. 

more…

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12:38
Apple’s Siri Speaker Might Look Like a Miniature Mac...

The rumors of Apple’s competitor to the Amazon Echo have taken a credible turn, with a well-connected but secretive leaker sending details to journalists. Jeff Butts has the latest update on the unnamed Siri speaker.


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12:28
USPS solar eclipse stamps use body heat to reveal...

The United States Postal Service is no stranger to letting its nerd flag fly with special edition stamps. The latest in its space series is a little different, though. Rather than just showing off celestial bodies or NASA spacecraft, the new stamps a...

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12:17
Apple assembler Foxconn says US investment coming,...




Apple's main assembly partner, Foxconn, is indeed planning to make some form of investment in the U.S., but the exact details are yet to be finalized, the latter company's chairman confirmed on Friday.

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12:14
Macworld’s May Digital Edition: iPad Review

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld magazine.

In the May issue

In the May issue, we review the new iPad—at $329 you may not need to go Pro—and the BeatX headphones, which we can’t help but compare with AirPods. Plus, learn to back up all your data to your NAS box without installing any software.

Also in this month’s issue:

Mac User: How to adjust macOS Sierra 10.12.4’s Night Shift settings

iOS Central: Apple’s acquisition of Workflow could bring automation to iOS

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:59
Apple lobbies California DMV to keep self-driving...




A letter from Apple to the California Department of Motor Vehicles is seeking alterations in test protocols and reporting requirements for automated vehicle testing, and also declares that the company is seeking to increase public acceptance of self-driving cars.

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11:54
NSA will stop illegally collecting American emails

The National Security Agency has enjoyed relatively broad authority to monitor communications among suspected terrorists and their associates, even when those people happen to be American citizens and even without a warrant. However, The New York Tim...

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11:25
Vibrating utensils won't stop you from stuffing...

The weight loss world is full of plausible-sounding advice. We've got apps to count calories, smart scales that measure our body fat and even vibrating utensils that promise to slow our eating down. The problem is really knowing which gadgets work an...

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11:24
You Can Now Delete Uber Account Data Straight From...

Today Uber announced the introduction of a Privacy Settings in its app. This lets you delete Uber account data and give you more control over app notifications and contacts that the app has access to. You can also control location data within the app. Andrew Orr tells us the details.


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11:11
DOK Malware Signed by Valid Developer Certificate (...

A new piece of malware, called OSX/Dok, has been discovered by the Check Point malware research team. It affects all versions of macOS and is signed with a valid developer certificate authenticated by Apple. Dok malware is also the first to spread in a widespread email phishing campaign. Andrew Orr gives us the technical details.


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11:10
Apple proposing self-driving car testing policy...

Earlier this month Apple was granted permission to publicly test a self-driving vehicle on public roads in California, and now the company has reportedly issued a letter requesting changes to autonomous car test policies. Reuters first reported that Apple has formally proposed self-driving car testing policies through a company letter.

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10:59
Your next Lego masterpiece is a $120 NASA Saturn V...

Lego has been inspired by NASA lately. Last month, the toymaker paid homage to women who made great contributions to the space agency, and now it's revealing an Apollo Saturn V set that also looks incredible. As seen in the picture above, this rocket...

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10:51
Will Apple Compete with Alexa and the Qualcomm...

Will Apple release an Alexa-like device as a Siri-powered hub? Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Dave Hamilton to discuss how wrong the latter two are. They also chew over Apple’s escalating royalty battle with Qualcomm.


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10:48
Legal war with Apple hits Qualcomm's revenue...

The legal fight between Apple and Qualcomm on licensing modem technology is turning uglier every day.

Apple has filed lawsuits against Qualcomm in countries like the U.S., U.K., China, and Japan, accusing the chipmaker of using its dominant market position to overcharge licensing fees.

The iPhone maker itself doesn't pay licensing fees directly to Qualcomm. The fees are paid by partners like Foxconn, which makes the iPhone and iPad for Apple.

Qualcomm is now accusing Apple of interfering with the licensing payments owed by those partners. Its revenue forecasts for the third quarter are affected, Qualcomm said.

The chipmaker on Friday revised its revenue projections for the third fiscal quarter. It is projecting revenue to be between $5.3 billion and $6.1 billion. That range runs between a decrease of 12 percent and an increase of 1 percent, compared to the same quarter last year. The forecast removes royalty revenues from Apple's contract manufacturers...

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10:38
I sat in on a virtual support group for sexual-...

Thanks to its ability to give you a first-person point of view, virtual reality has quickly become a vehicle for empathetic storytelling. Testimony, a VR project that premiered at Tribeca 2017, does so by putting you in a virtual support group, showi...

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10:20
Qualcomm Says Apple To Stop Paying Royalties

Apple has decided to withhold royalty payments to its contract manufacturers that are owed to Qualcomm, until a legal dispute between the companies is resolved, the chipmaker said on Friday. From a report: Qualcomm, the largest maker of chips used in smartphones, said it will not receive royalties from Apple's contract manufacturers for sales made during the quarter ended March 31. San Diego, California-based Qualcomm also slashed its profit and revenue forecasts for the current quarter, to account for the lost royalty revenue.


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10:19
How to tell if Apple Watch notifications are from a...




Sometimes when you get a notification on your Apple Watch, you can tap on it for further options, or to open a corresponding app. Other times, that notification is from your iPhone, and there's not much you can do with it other than dismiss it. Here's how to quickly tell the difference.

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10:03
The Galaxy S8's home button shifts to prevent...

Screensavers were originally a way to prevent burn-in on older CRT monitors. The now-classic moving images in early operating systems were created to keep any single pixel on the screen from remaining in place for too long, leaving behind a ghost on...

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10:00
Building a GTX 1080 Ti-powered Hackintosh:...

A few days ago we posted about the hardware used and performance benefits of my most recent Hackintosh build. In today’s tutorial, I’ll step through the entire install process in full unabridged detail.

While it might seem a bit daunting to go through the Hackintosh setup process for the first time, once you understand the basics, it’s not so difficult. Have a look at our hands-on video for more details. more…

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09:49
Fyre Festival turns to chaos as soon as it began

A supposedly opulent music festival on a private island in the Bahamas, which was plugged as an unprecedented V.I.P. event by Instagram influencers including Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski, descended into dysfunction and disarray as soon as it began on Thursday and has since been postponed indefinitely, organizers said.

Sounds like an incredible scam. Tickets sold for $1,000 to $12,000 for the festival.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:37
Letter Opener: Open Winmail.dat, MSG and XPS files

My thanks to Letter Opener for sponsoring The Loop this week.

Letter Opener for macOS

Working together with Windows users shouldn’t be problematic at all. Still, some email messages can not be natively read by the Mac and are packed into Winmail.dat or MSG files that have to be extracted and displayed somehow. Letter Opener for macOS does that with a simple double-click!

Letter Opener for macOS Mail

The plugin to stop the Winmail.dat file flood for good.

If Winmail.dat files are a reoccurring problem, Letter Opener for macOS Mail is the solution. Installed into Mail it opens and displays the files directly inside Apples Mail application, so the user can forget about Winmail.dat files entirely.

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09:36
Uber puts you in control of your user data

Uber is making removing the hurdles to deleting your account entirely. Like so many other services, simply uninstalling the app from your phone doesn't wipe your data on the company's servers. Not any more, according to The Verge. Rather than having...

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 9.7-inch iPad Pro $500, Pre-...

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

TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad Pro gets another...

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09:21
Happy Hour Podcast 117 | Carpool Karaoke is Apple...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss Apple’s first major original series delay, iOS 11 rumored features including a new Apple Music design and Apple Pay features, and the latest iPhone 8 rumors including a new dummy unit leak. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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09:16
Rumor: ‘Siri Speaker’ Amazon Echo competitor could...

Taking to Twitter, leaker Sonny Dickson has shared more alleged details on the rumored upcoming Siri speaker. Introducing some new concepts not previously shared, Dickson believes that the speaker could see its debut at this year’s WWDC.

more…

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09:00
The best 360-degree camera

By Jeff Carlson

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

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08:59
iPhone 8 will address ‘pent up demand’ from...

Analysts have been expecting this fall’s iPhone 8 to prompt a so-called ‘super cycle’ for weeks, and now Credit Suisse is the latest to push that expectation. Analyst Kulbinder Garcha at the firm cites ‘pent up demand’ from the iPhone installed base for a very different model than recent hardware updates.

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08:52
Apple's Siri-based Echo competitor rumored to...




More details on Apple's anticipated standalone Siri speaker have emerged, suggesting the device could look similar in some ways to the company's cylindrical Mac Pro desktop, and could be released as soon as WWDC in June.

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08:48
Apple Escalates Royalty Battle with Qualcomm,...

The royalty fight between Apple and Qualcomm got real Friday after Apple suspended supplier payments ultimately destined for the chip maker. Apple said it was suspending payments until the courts decide how much Apple owes.


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08:46
Apple's Lexus RX450h test vehicle hits the road...

Photo source: Bloomberg

That didn't take long. About two weeks after Apple gained permission from the State of California to test out its Project Titan autonomous-car technology, an "anonymous source" provided Bloomberg with pictures and an animated GIF sequence showing the vehicle on the streets.

What you see isn't that pretty; the white Lexus RX450h SUV is covered with a bunch of sensors, and it honestly looks like something that a couple of college students would have cooked up in their dorm room. Bloomberg had an industry expert take a look at the photos, and it appears that's close to the truth -- these are all off-the-shelf sensors, with none of them being...

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08:42
Apple and Qualcomm's license dispute is getting...

Qualcomm's ongoing legal dispute with Apple today took a new turn after the chipmaker accused its device-making partner of further withholding patent royalties. According to a statement, Apple recently stopped paying licensing revenue to manufacturer...

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08:39
A very false narrative: Apple Watch and the future...




It's hard to escape the media pronouncements that iPhones are now boring again after Samsung unveiled its latest Galaxy S8, Apple's Mac business is being overshadowed by more exciting Surface Windows PCs from Microsoft and that Apple Watch is a disappointing dud. But they're all wrong, here's why.

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08:30
Deals: 15" MacBook Pro w/ AppleCare for $1,993...




Heading into the weekend, AI readers can exclusively save $355 on Apple's 2015 15" MacBook Pro with AppleCare. Or pick up an upgraded 2016 13" MacBook Pro with function keys and 1TB of storage for $2,399 with no tax in 48 states. The spacious 256GB 12.9" iPad Pro is also $50 off.

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08:24
Xbox chief envisions a Netflix model for narrative...

Microsoft has just tipped its hand for what the company will show off at E3 in June. In a wide-ranging interview with The Guardian, Xbox chief Phil Spencer laid out his plans for the future of Xbox software. Since (mostly) fixing a majority of the pr...

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08:18
Photos and video from the stunning new Dubai Mall...

The new Dubai Mall Apple store has been open one day, and the videos and photos from Apple show just how beautiful this new retail outlet is. It's located in downtown Dubai, overlooking the Dubai Fountain (and in fact providing a balcony for watching the nightly fountain shows), and within sight of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.  

Pictures (and video) speak louder than words, so feast your eyes on the video and photos from Apple.









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08:11
News: Apple Music to supply content to Musical.ly

Apple and Musical.ly have partnered to supply content from Apple Music for the popular music video app, Recode reports. Musical.ly is a service that lets users create their own music videos from snippets of songs, and beginning today, Apple Music will now be supplying many of the songs, expanding on Musical.ly’s current catalog from music distributor 7digital. The partnership will presumably increase the amount of content available to Musical.ly…

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08:05
Qualcomm's revenue guidance slash possibly...




An analyst has examined Qualcomm's earnings reduction as a result of Apple withholding royalty payments for wireless chips, and believes that Apple is on track to sell about as many iPhones as it did during the same time frame from 2016.

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08:01
New 'Dok' malware targets Macs using...




A new strain of malware targeting Mac users is attempting to slip past defenses through a phishing scheme and a signed Apple developer certificate -- though in practice, it may still not pose much of a threat.

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07:57
iCloud.com gains dynamic wallpaper

Do the Bokeh Pokeh: The iCloud.com login screen

OK, so this isn't big news, but it's actually quite interesting. iCloud.com, which has displayed a static, blue-to-yellow gradient background for the past three years, now has a dynamic wallpaper on both the login and "home" screens.

The backdrop features what I'd refer to as "floating bokeh," referring to the blurred, out of focus patches of light seen in the background of photos that are focused on a foreground object. Those blobs of light actually react to where the mouse pointer appears on the screen, changing direction to head towards the pointer.

Go try it out. You know you want to...

The new, totally bokeh iCloud home screen

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07:45
∞ AirPods, song skipping, and volume

I love my AirPods. I am happy with the sound quality and I love the convenience and the cleverness of the design. Clearly, a tremendous amount of thought has been put into the many and varied use AirPod use cases:

  • Open the case near your iPhone and you are connected automatically.
  • Pull an AirPod out of your ear and the music or video you are playing pauses.
  • Drop the AirPods back in the case and they charge automatically.
  • Double-tap to interact with Siri.

There are two use cases, however, that just don’t work for me.

  • Skip to the next song (something I do reasonably often)
  • Adjust the volume (either due to a song being mixed loud, or my circumstances/environment changing)

In either case, you either need to pull your phone out of your pocket, fire up an Apple Watch app, or you need to ask Siri to help. While these are all fine solutions, they are far less efficient than the solutions I’ve long had...

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07:45
Apple Music + Musical.ly = Love

Musical.ly

Musical.ly is a fun music video app that lets users create their own music videos, then share them with others. Re/Code reports that the app, which now uses song snippets from UK-based provider 7digital, will start using Apple Music content in addition to that from 7digital beginning this weekend. 

The deal is a win-win for both Apple and Musical.ly: Apple gets to promote Apple Music through the Musical.ly app, while Musical.ly will be expanding from 30 countries to 120 thanks to the depth of licensing deals Apple has.

Musical.ly has been in service for almost three years and is just now becoming extremely popular with teenagers. If Apple can attract part of that teen crowd to Apple Music, its subscription service may see an increase in...

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Apple Watch helps college student after rollover...

[WARNING: AutoPlay]

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“She kept going, and then I heard a crunch, and I was like ugh, now my car’s going to be in the shop for like two weeks this sucks. The next thought I had was you’re upside down.”

College student Casey Bennett was stuck in his car, had the wherewithal to press and hold his Apple Watch side button to place a call to 911. Great story.

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07:22
Apple’s Using a Lexus for Self-Driving Car Tests

Bloomberg got pictures of a Lexus that reportedly belongs to Apple. An unnamed source gave the news outlet photos of the Lexus and claimed it emerged from an Apple facility known to be part of Project Titan. That’s Apple’s self-driving car project. The car is a  Lexus RX450h SUV, and it has a sporty, “top-of-the-range 64-channel LIDAR, at least two radar and a series of cameras.” One must extend a measure of trust to the unnamed source, but it seems reasonable to imagine this is an Apple vehicle. If not, it’s going to be very like the kind of system Apple would be using to develop its self-driving technology. Apple veteran (legend) Bob Mansfield has refocused and pared down the Project Titan team. Its exclusive focus as of now is thought to be developing a self-driving system before moving on to an actual car. The long and the short of this story, however, is that people care what Apple is doing, even if it’s just testing technology using off-the-shelf components and a nice...

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Uber makes it easier to delete accounts, denies it’s...

Uber has announced that an update to the app rolling out over the next few weeks will make it easier for customers to delete their accounts. Previously, deleting the app did not remove your account from Uber servers, leaving your data in place …

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07:00
Musical.ly syncs up with Apple Music

[VIDEO] Recode:

Musical.ly lets its users create and share their own music videos, using snippets of songs. Starting on Friday, Apple Music will be the service that supplies the songs, replacing U.K.-based provider 7digital, according to people familiar with the companies’ plans.

If you’ve never experienced Musical.ly, check out the video embedded in the main Loop post. Some of these are very good. I can see the attraction, the fun of putting one of these together. Good connection for Apple.

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News: Apple now withholding royalty payments to...

Apple has now suspended all licensing payments to Qualcomm related to the iPhone amidst the legal dispute between the two companies, Bloomberg reports. The battle between the two tech firms began earlier this year when Apple filed lawsuits accusing Qualcomm of withholding $1 billion in patent royalties, allegedly as a punishment in response to Apple’s cooperation with Korean antitrust regulators. A subsequent lawsuit filed in Beijing by Apple…

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06:30
A quick glimpse of Apple’s self driving car tech

Bloomberg:

The white Lexus RX450h SUV emerged from an Apple facility this week and was kitted out with an array of sensors, according to a person who saw the vehicle and provided photos to Bloomberg News. The sensors included Velodyne Lidar Inc.’s top-of-the-range 64-channel lidar, at least two radar and a series of cameras. The sensors appear to be products bought off the shelf from suppliers, rather than custom-made, according to an industry expert who saw the photos.

Picture and animated GIF embedded in the Bloomberg piece.

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06:10
Apple to halt royalty payments to Qualcomm until end...




Apple is no longer paying iPhone manufacturers for any of the royalties it owes to Qualcomm, and is planning to withhold them entirely until current lawsuits are resolved, the latter company said on Friday.

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Chinese manufacturer gambles on new case based on...




A case design has popped up on social media from a Chinese manufacturer, but appears to be based on the assortment of "leaked" schematics from April and may not be accurate.

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06:00
Recode: Apple in talks to launch its own money...

Recode:

The company has recently held discussions with payments industry partners about introducing its own Venmo competitor, according to multiple sources familiar with the talks. The service would allow iPhone owners to send money digitally to other iPhone owners, these people said.

Not sure I see the logic in offering a Venmo-type service if it is not universal. When I need to send someone money, I never want to check to see if they have an iPhone first.

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Pinpoint X-Spring Precision Stylus and Pen: $14.95

We have a deal on the Pinpoint X-Spring Precision Stylus and Pen. It features a ballpoint pen on one end and a stylus on the other, and a cap that fits on either. It’s $14.95 through us.


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News: Daily Deal: u-Jays Wireless On-Ear Headphones

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering the u-Jays Wireless On-Ear Headphones for only $169.95. The highly-reviewed wireless headphones provide both great sound and convenience, keeping you free from the inconvenience of wires when you’re travelling, working out, or just on walkabout. Integrated touch controls let you take calls, swipe through your favorite tracks, control the volume, and more, and 25 hours of wireless playback time…

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The Week in iOS Apps: Make music with Audiobus and...

Melody makers

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This week’s roundup includes three new apps that help you make music or put a melodic soundtrack on your iOS videos. Read on!

Audiobus 3

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05:55
Qualcomm slashes profit forecasts as Apple stops...

Qualcomm has substantially cut both revenue and profit forecasts as it revealed that Apple has ceased all royalty payments to the company pending the outcome of lawsuits between the two companies …

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05:43
Watch this real life Iron Man suit in action

Amazing. I would definitely give this a go. Take a look.

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AppleInsider podcast talks 'iPhone 8'...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about the rumors around 'iPhone 8' wireless charging, HomeKit and a possible Siri-driven Echo competitor, the Apple Watch at 2 and more.

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05:29
Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou to meet with Trump

Nikkei Asian Review:

Chairman Terry Gou of key iPhone assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn Technology Group, is set to meet U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on Thursday, according to people familiar with the plan.

The sources did not disclose details of the first-ever encounter between the two. But with Trump’s persistent pledge to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S., and Gou’s dogged determination to acquire the memory chip business of embattled Japanese conglomerate Toshiba, the two will likely exchange their views on related issues.

A lot at stake here. Trump wants Apple to build in the US. Lots of resistance to that, both in terms of logistics and financial impact.

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05:17
Nasty Mac malware bypasses Gatekeeper, undetectable...

We learned recently that macOS malware grew by 744% last year, though most of it fell into the less-worrying category of adware. However, a newly-discovered piece of malware (via Reddit) falls into the ‘seriously nasty’ category – able to spy on all your Internet usage, including use of secure websites.

Security researchers at CheckPoint found something they’ve labelled OSX/Dok, which manages to go undetected by Gatekeeper and stops users doing anything on their Mac until they accept a fake OS X update …

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05:15
Apple to hold Q2 2017 conference call on Tuesday,...

Come next Tuesday, Apple shall once again reveal where it stands where units of currency are concerned.

Apple will hold its Q2 conference call on Tuesday, May 2nd in the early afternoon at 2 PM PST.

Last quarter, Apple’s revenues shrunk for the first time in recent memory. At the time, Apple suggested that its next quarter would generate between $51.5 and $53.5 billion in revenue, which would make it a second straight quarter of slight year-over-year revenue growth.

During the conference call, some things to watch out for will include iPhone sales, Apple’s growth in the Chinese marketplace, what revenues Apple’s services are generating and a general idea as to how the Apple Watch is selling (even if Apple has yet to release specific sales numbers).

Users will also see how Mac sales are doing and if they’ll continue to trend upwards and whether the iPad turnaround has begun following the introduction of a stripped-down $329 model and the updated iPad...

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05:00
Lexus RX450s SUV spotted using Apple’s self-driving...

Less than two weeks after snagging permission to test it test its autonomous-car technology in California, Apple appears to be testing its software on California’s public roads.

A white Lexus RX450h SUV was seen emerging from an Apple facility, complete with a battery of attached sensors. The sensors included Velodyne Lidar Inc.’s top-of-the-range 64-channel lidar, at least two radar and a series of cameras. The sensors appear to be products bought off the shelf from suppliers, rather than custom-made, according to an industry expert who saw the photos.

An Apple spokesman declined to comment.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles cleared Apple to test its software with three vehicles earlier this month. Apple’s “Project Titan”, as it’s been internally dubbed, seems to be an autonomous car project headed up by Apple veteran executive Bob Mansfield. Mansfield took over leadership of the project in 2016 and is said to have reined in the “Apple Car”...

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05:00
masOS: Recover Lost Tabs and Windows in Safari

In this Quick Tip, Melissa Holt’s gonna go over how to restore tabs or windows you accidentally closed in Safari. So if you’re one of those folks who keeps 75 tabs open and would be devastated if they went away, this trick’s for you!


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05:00
Duty Calls Popular Shooter Back to World War II


Call of Duty will return to its World War II roots when the latest title arrives this November. The franchise has been a steady hit maker since its 2003 debut. Various titles in the series have become regular staples in e-sports tournaments and Major League Gaming. Call of Duty is one of the most popular series in video game history, selling a combined 175 million copies -- second only to Take 2's Grand Theft Auto franchise. The game has passed $11 billion in total lifetime revenue.

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