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Tuesday August 22

10:55
You can actually do something good with those...

What a great idea and wonderful service by Astronomers Without Borders.

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10:48
HomePod set up process and more discovered in latest...

Yesterday we saw some iPhone 8 video assets that were discovered deep in the latest iOS 11 beta. Today, we’re getting details about what the HomePod set up process will look like and more, also found in the 7th beta of iOS 11.

more…

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10:32
iPhone 8 Facial Recognition and Home Button...

Dave Hamilton and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to discuss a report claiming the iPhone 8 will have facial recognition that’s nearly instantaneous, plus they share their thoughts on videos in iOS 11 showing gestures that replace some Home button functionality.


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09:59
Apple & Qualcomm squabble, lay out early...




Lawyers squared off in a San Diego federal court last Friday in an initial hearing of Apple's lawsuit against Qualcomm, with the latter standing accused of antitrust violations and breach of contract.

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09:53
Apple’s Core ML brings AI to the masses

Of the estimated 2.4m apps available on the App Store, we believe less than 1% leverage ML today – but not for long. We believe Core ML will be a driving force in bringing machine learning to the masses in the form of more useful and insightful apps that run faster and respect user privacy.

It’s going to be interesting to see what we will be able to do with our devices in the next three years as machine learning and artificial intelligence make their way into our lives in a bigger way.

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09:48
'BioShock Remastered' arrives on macOS...




Feral Interactive has released its macOS port of "BioShock Remastered," landing on Tuesday on Steam followed by the Mac App Store to follow, with the 10-year anniversary remake of the first-person shooter gaining graphical improvements for modern systems.

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09:44
Custom Slash Anaconda Burst Les Paul

After touring with his prototype models throughout 2016 and 2017, Slash is proud to announce the release of these limited edition Gibson Custom Slash Anaconda Burst Les Pauls.

It’s very nice, but I’m more of an Appetite for Destruction Les Paul guy.

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09:40
CrashPlan for Home being discontinued, refers...

Code42, the company behind CrashPlan has officially announced that as of today they are pulling out of the consumer market. CrashPlan for Home users will have to begin migrating away from the service as it will no longer be available starting in October of 2018.

more…

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09:40
News: Latch unveils new HomeKit-enabled Latch C...

Startup smartlock maker Latch has created a new HomeKit-enabled deadbolt that lets users unlock their door with Siri using the iOS Home app, TechCrunch reports. The device includes Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities and boasts a wide-angle camera, a touchscreen and various other sensors alongside a traditional key slot for those who prefer to unlock the door the old-fashioned way. The Latch C can also provide temporary access to service providers…

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09:36
Apple adds Safari Extensions section to the Mac App...

As noted by The Mac Observer, Apple has launched a new Safari Extensions section on the Mac App Store. Currently there are 27 Safari Extensions on the MAS, a mix of free and for-pay extensions.

Safari for macOS supports extensions that add functionality to the web browser. Extensions can show helpful information about a webpage, display news headlines, help you use your favorite services, change the appearance of webpages, and more.

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09:33
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch Series 2 from $210...

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

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09:30
Western Digital releases My Book external RAID USB-C...

Western Digital today has released its newest desktop external RAID drives. The new My Book Duo models feature options with up to 20TB of storage, include USB-C and USB-A ports, and have a 3-year warranty.

more…

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08:41
Code42 ends consumer CrashPlan backup plans to...




Code42, the company behind the CrashPlan online backup service, stopped accepting new subscribers for its CrashPlan for Home plan on Tuesday, with the backup firm shifting its focus away from consumers to enterprise and small business customers.

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08:21
Ship time for AirPods drops to 2-3 weeks

This is a major drop in shipping time, from 6 weeks to 2-3 weeks. This is on the US Apple Store. Not sure about other countries.

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08:17
Apple Moves Some Safari Extensions to Mac App Store

Apple launched a new Safari Extensions section on the Mac App Store this week. Currently there are 27 Safari Extensions on the MAS, a mix of free and for-fee Extensions. The original Safari Extensions Gallery website is still available, too, though, where you can find every Extension available. There wasn’t a lot of information released with the Mac App Store addition, and we don’t yet know if Apple plans to move all of them. Safari Extensions add hooks into apps, services, and other features into Apple’s Safari browser. Many are free—especially app companions—while others come with a (small) price tag.


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08:03
Report highlights 3D facial recognition, camera tech...




While there are many anticipated features for this fall's "iPhone 8," only a handful of them will actually be novel within the smartphone world, a report pointed out on Tuesday.

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07:53
VMware Fusion 10 will include High Sierra support,...




VMware has revealed new editions of its VMware Fusion and Fusion Pro virtualization software, with version 10 bringing compatibility with newer operating systems, a boost to virtual machine graphical performance with Metal support, and the ability to use the Touch Bar in virtual machines.

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07:39
Latest cool ARKit demo shows live preview of...

The cool ARKit demo apps keep coming. The latest one, from a developer specializing in augmented reality apps for the beauty industry, shows how trying on lipstick could become a whole lot easier.

ModiFace has put together two videos showing how the tech works. In the first, the woman simply shoots some front-facing video of herself while the app virtually applies different shades of make-up …

more…

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07:26
News: New details, possible photos of iPhone 8’s 3D...

In a memo obtained by 9to5Mac, well-respected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple has a “significant lead” on Qualcomm wjhen it comes to 3D sensors, saying Apple is likely two years ahead of its rival. Qualcomm’s “immature” software and hardware will likely delay the appearance of 3D sensing technology in Android phones and give Apple a rare moment where it is first to market with a new feature. As Bloomberg points out,…

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07:24
Apple alumni reveal HomeKit-compatible Latch C smart...




Smart lock startup company Latch has unveiled the enterprise and apartment-oriented Latch C -- its first smart lock certified to work with HomeKit.

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07:12
An illustrated history of iOS

A fun stroll through history from the Git Tower blog. I LOVE the illustrations. Anyone know who did them?

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07:10
∞ More treasure from the HomePod firmware

More digging through the leaked HomePod firmware unearthed two concept videos. Click through to the main Loop post for the embedded tweets.

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07:05
Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac launches with Touch Bar...

Parallels has launched Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac, which provides macOS High Sierra readiness and support for upcoming Windows 10 features. 

What’s more, it makes it simple for MacBook Pro users to add Windows applications to the Touch Bar, and use Touch Bar within Windows applications, according to Jack Zubarev, Parallels president. It is also the first solution to bring the upcoming Windows 10 People Bar feature to the Mac – including integration with the Mac Dock and Spotlight. The new version also features up-to 100% performance improvements for completing certain tasks, says Zubarev, Parallels president. “This new release delivers our best-ever Windows on Mac.

With a mouse click, the Parallels Installation Assistant will automatically install Windows 10 into a virtual machine (VM), which can be purchased at a later date without losing data or installed applications. It also enables users to...

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07:05
Tim Cook Offers Thoughts for Sailors Lost on USS...

While the search continues, the remains of some of those sailors were reported found Tuesday morning.


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06:58
How to securely dispose of your old Mac

Kirk McElhearn, Intego blog:

Your Mac contains a lot of personal information, and is connected to a number of Apple accounts. When you plan to dispose of your Mac — whether you sell it, give it away, or send it for recycling — there are a number of things you should do to make sure your data and your accounts remain secure. There are also a few steps you need to take to remove that Mac from Apple’s accounts.

In this article, I go over the 8 steps you should take before getting rid of a Mac.

Some basic, common sense advice here. Bookmark, pass along, especially to folks you know who are relatively new to the Mac.

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06:55
Parallels Desktop 13 ships with support for macOS...




Virtualization software firm Parallels launched Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac on Tuesday, with the upgraded software introducing compatibility with macOS High Sierra, the Windows Fall Creators Update, and support for the Touch Bar on the Retina MacBook Pro.

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06:54
Why your face will soon be the key to all your...

Wall Street Journal:

Forget fiddling with passwords or even fingerprints; forget multiple layers of sign-in; forget credit cards and, eventually, even physical keys to our homes and cars. A handful of laptops and mobile devices can now read facial features, and the technique is about to get a boost from specialized hardware small enough to fit into our phones.

Using our faces to unlock things could soon become routine, rather than the purview of spies and superheroes.

And:

Depth-sensing technology, generally called “structured light,” sprays thousands of tiny infrared dots across a person’s face or any other target.

By reading distortions in this field of dots, the camera gathers superaccurate depth information. Since the phone’s camera can see infrared but humans can’t, such a system could allow the phone to unlock in complete darkness.

And:

Teaching our phones what our faces look like will be just like teaching them our...

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06:54
News: iOS 11 beta shows Control Center interface,...

New betas have been released for iOS 11, tvOS 11 watchOS 4 and macOS 10, and developer Guilherme Rambo has discovered a couple of gems amid all the bug fixes and minor improvements. In ios 11, Rambo found one video that seems to show off a new swipe-up gesture used to activate the iOS app switcher and another that runs through changes to the lock screen interface. Swiping down brings the lock screen up from anywhere in the operating system, and while…

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06:46
DriveSavers Data Recovery is ready for the new Apple...

DriveSavers — which specializes in data recovery, eDiscovery and digital forensics — says it’s ready to retrieve data stored on drives formatted with the new Apple File System (APFS), should users lose access to their drives during the beta test period or with the final release of macOS High Sierra.

Announced at Apple’s 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference as part of macOS High Sierra, APFS offers improved performance and security. Every computing device made by Apple uses a file system to read and write data. Currently, most Mac users are familiar with the term HFS+, where the HFS stands for Hierarchical File System. 

That file system has been around for almost 30 years in both Unix and OS X, so it's not particularly...

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06:42
Vudu unveils native Apple TV app for streaming...




As expected, a native Apple TV app has launched for Walmart's Vudu streaming service, allowing for streaming of over 100,000 titles, with 4,000 of them free and ad-supported.

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06:40
FaceTek says its 3D facial software can replace...

FaceTec has released ZoOm, which it claims is the “first universal 3D facial authentication software solution.” The company says it works with iOS 8.3 and higher and Android 4.3 and higher. 

Capable of verifying identity, three-dimensionality and liveness using only a front-facing selfie camera, ZoOm puts an end to passwords when added into any mobile app on any iOS or Android device, according to FaceTec CEO Kevin Alan Tussey. It leverages proprietary patent-pending TrueLiveness technology and can measure the change in perspective distortion from up to 30 selfie video frames, proving three-dimensionality. 

“ZoOm works in all lighting conditions, features an intuitive interface and takes less than two seconds to authenticate the correct user,” says Tussey. “App developers no longer need to choose between security and convenience, and users are no longer required to endure tedious passwords.”

 ZoOm is free and is available at the...

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06:29
Video purports to show testing of Apple 'iPhone...




A video published on Tuesday allegedly shows Apple's "iPhone 8" in quality control testing -- with a rear-mounted Touch ID sensor, despite most recent rumors discounting that possibility.

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06:29
VMware announces Fusion 10 with enhanced GPU &...

With Parallels Desktop 13 just out, VMware clearly didn’t want to be left out of the picture. The company has announced that Fusion 10 will be launched in October, with enhanced GPU and 3D graphics performance, an updated UI and Touch Bar support. It is also ready for macOS 10.13 High Sierra.

Fusion, like competitor Parallels, allows you to run virtual Windows machines – or individual Windows apps – within macOS. This can be more convenient than Boot Camp for those who operate primarily in a macOS environment.

The standard version, costing $79, is intended for personal use, while the Pro version, at $159, is aimed at developers and tech professionals. The company also...

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06:09
VMware debuts VMware Fusion 10 versions for tech...

VMware has announced new versions of VMware Fusion solutions that provide Windows virtualization on Mac. 

VMware Fusion 10 Pro, designed for technical professionals that want to build, test and demonstrate Mac, Windows and Linux applications on a Mac, will include advanced capabilities that continue to evolve the solution to support technical professionals and developers, according to Dave Grant, vice president, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware. VMware Fusion 10 designed for personal use, will offer Touch Bar support, enhanced GPU and 3D graphics performance, and an updated user interface (UI) to leverage the latest innovations in Mac, he adds.  

It enables multi-operating system development, multi-operating system testing, and integration into DevOps/agile development workflows. Fusion enables IT professionals and developers to run virtual machines that are compatible with corporate data centers from a Mac to perform tasks such as data center design and...

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06:01
Parallels Desktop 13 brings improved performance...

Ahead of the macOS High Sierra release, virtualization software company Parallels has officially announced the availability of Parallels Desktop 13. Outside of bringing the traditional performance improvements, Desktop 13 introduces native Touch Bar support to Microsoft’s OS and a good portion of its most used applications. The update also brings in a slightly refreshed UI to better match macOS and visual improvements for Windows users on Retina displays.

more…

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06:00
Prizmo 3 Scanning for Mac: $29.99

We have a deal for you on Prizmo 3 Scanning for Mac. It will scan, allow you to edit, and built-in optical character recognition (OCR). You can use your smartphone as your scanner, too. It’s $29.99 through us.


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06:00
Chronos debuts Notelife for macOS and iOS

Chronos has released Notelife for macOS and iOS. It’s a note manager that uses iCloud to sync notes across all of a user’s devices. 

According to Jerry Halls, vice president of Sales at Chronos, you don’t have to remember any formatting codes, like Markdown, to format notes. Plus, Notelife offers features not found in Apple’s standard Notes app like the ability to access your notes from the menu bar while using any application, he adds.

It also boasts three-phase encryption: on device, in transit to/from cloud, and in cloud. There features include: menu bar access to notes from any application; geotagging records location where notes are created; unlimited hierarchical folders for organizing notes; tags for categorizing and filtering notes; import/export in standard rich text format; dark or light interface style in macOS; multiple window support in macOS; and more. 

A fully functional 30 day trial version of the macOS app can be downloaded from...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: ClutchIt Double-Sided Magnetic...

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering the ClutchIt Double-Sided Magnetic Phone Mount for only $29.95 — that’s 25% off the regular price.  With dual magnets and dual pivots, this mount lets you attach your iPhone to just about any metallic surface or any surface with metal plate pads. Whether you need to read a recipe on your fridge, navigate in the car, or set up a video at the gym, ClutchIt has you covered. Get the ClutchIt…

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05:52
AirPods now ship in 2-3 weeks

Apple’s online store has cut its AirPod shipment estimates to two to three weeks, the first time the estimate dropped below a month since the delayed launch in December.

CEO Tim Cook said during the conference call about the company’s finances call that the company had increased AirPod production capacity to better meet demand. Other retailers have AirPod supplies in stock for quicker shipments, but the stock in Apple’s own store gives a good idea of where the company stands with the supply-demand balance, notes Seeking Alpha

AirPods are wireless headphones that allow users to listen to music, make phone calls, enjoy TV shows and movies, play games and interact with Siri. Apple says that advanced sensors know when you are listening and automatically play and pause your music. 

Using Siri, AirPods allow you to access...

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05:46
An interesting look at what’s expected in the iPhone...

While the iPhone 8 is expected to have quite a few new features, not all of them are totally new. Some have been borrowed from earlier iPhones – like the glass back seen previously on the iPhone 4 and 4S – while others use tech first seen on competitor phones …

more…

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05:44
Apple is granted another patent for a gesture...

Apple has been granted another patent (number 9,740,298) for gesture controls that involves ways to control a Mac, iOS device, even a TV with gestures. It also mentions 3D glasses, though it refers to them as a “wearable monitor.” 

In the patent notes, Apple says that natural user interfaces are gaining momentum in the entertainment and computer industry, and that gesture controls are supplementing or replacing more conventional and less natural interfaces such as keyboard and mouse, game controller, and remote control. 

The user interactions, however, continue to relate largely to the computer monitor, thus limiting applicability and ease of use of such interfaces, notes Apple. For example, some of the gesture controls rely on optical 3-dimensional mapping. Obviously, the tech giant thinks it can do better.

Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: “Embodiments of the invention provide apparatus and methods for interactive reality augmentation, including a 2-...

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05:22
Latest iPhone 8 leak claims to show 3D camera module

The same source which yesterday posted a claimed iPhone 8 display assembly and more has now posted what is said to be a 3D camera module for the upcoming phone.

As always with these things, there’s no way to know whether it’s genuine, but with volume production well underway, and a great many companies in the supply-chain, it’s almost impossible for Apple to prevent parts leaking at this stage …

more…

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05:17
Apple blasts Qualcomm for attempts to keep court...

Apple has pushed back against Qualcomm’s bid to kill at least part of Apple’s suit accusing the chipmaker of demanding excessive royalties, saying that the company’s attempts to keep the court from taking a closer look at its patent portfolio are “astounding,” according to Law360.

In January, Apple filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm, the world’s dominant supplier of baseband processors, alleging the chip supplier demanded unfair terms for its technology. 

Then, in June, Apple blasted Qualcomm's practice of requiring customers to sign patent license agreements before purchasing chips, known in the industry as "no license, no chips.” The license allows the processor supplier to take a percentage of the overall selling...

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05:15
Apple now accepting donations to the Southern...

Following up on recent protests and events, Apple has begun accepting donations to the Southern Poverty Law Center through iTunes. Tim Cook announced in a letter last week that Apple would make a US$2 million donation to the SPLC and the Anti-Defamation League because of the violence at the Charlottesville protests. People can make SPLC donations in amounts ranging from US$5-US$200.

Users can find the donation page via iTunes by navigating to the New Music, Hot Tracks, and Recent Releases sections. 100% of donations will be given to the civil rights organization.

Apple offered the following comments regarding the donations:

In the wake of the tragic and repulsive events in Charlottesville, we are stepping up to help organizations who work to rid our country of hate. Apple will be making contributions of $1 million each to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. We will also match two-for-one our employees’ donations to these and...

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05:00
iOS 10: Using 3D Touch in Spotlight

3D Touch on the iPhone has all kinds of helpful uses, and in today’s Quick Tip, we’re going to cover a handy way to use it with Spotlight to make even an unfamiliar device do your bidding! We’re all about not paging through tons of folders to find what we’re looking for, folks.


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05:00
AirPod shipping estimates drop to two to three weeks

The shipping estimates for Apple’s AirPods are improving.

The current estimates have come down to two to three weeks in many countries around the world, suggesting Apple is one step closer to achieving supply/demand balance for the much-desired earphones.

The AirPods, which shipped back in December, have been in short support, with Apple estimating shipping times around six weeks. As of early August, these shipping estimates had dropped to four weeks.

As of now, Apple is offering a two to three week estimate ship time with customers feasibly receiving AirPods ordered today in early September.

During Apple’s third quarter earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook said AirPods capacity had been bumped up and that the company was “working very hard” to get AirPods to customers as quickly as possible.

The AirPods are priced at $159 and have become a popular Bluetooth accessory, especially with the iPhone 7. The AirPods are also equipped with infrared...

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04:30
If iStat Menus overwhelms you, check out Stater for...

By Aaron Lee

If you don't need all the data that iStat Menus (2017/8/21/istat-menus-serves-up-all-the-stats-you-could-want-and-more-about-your-mac) provides, you may be happy with Stater. It's an $8.99 system-monitoring app for macOS (10.9 or later) that displays all information in one dock icon and a dock menu.

Stater — which is available at the Mac App Store — displays system parameters such as CPU, memory, and drive space usage charts in its dock icon. It has no windows or menubar icons. All control, including its settings, takes place via the dock icon and dock menu. 

The four dock icon views contain all basic system parameter charts and even a top-process icon in multi-core view during high CPU usage. If you need more complete info, you can open (by right/clicking) the dock menu, which contains numerical data, top processes by CPU, and memory usage, as well as quick access to basic system tools. Stater is also customizable, as it includes...

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04:29
Verizon permanently throttling video on all...

We noted last month that Verizon was throttling Netflix and YouTube usage for ‘unlimited’ plan users even before they hit the 22GB level at which the company says it may reduce bandwidth – and it has now been revealed that this was just stage one.

Verizon is now starting to throttle all video on its ‘unlimited’ plans, with bandwidth limited to as little as 480p when watching on a smartphone …

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04:00
Remembering when we wondered if the ‘ iTV’ would...

Last week there was a quickly dismissed rumor that Apple was working on a 60-inch OLED Apple television. For years, it was anticipated that the tech giant would unveil an “iTV.” That’s probably not going to happen, but those rumors did make for some interesting speculation.

Writing for Cult of Mac, in 2013, Mike Elgan said Apple’s TVwouldn’t be a TV at all, but would be another "beautiful, powerful, elegant Apple computer, and we're all going to want one."

Elgan said the iTV will actually be a really big iMac or a really big iPad. The Cult of Mac writer said Apple has two problems to solve, and he thinks our favorite tech company will solve them this way:

"The first problem is distance. Each type of computing device is used at a...

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03:56
PSA: Vudu now on Apple TV, lets you watch (some of)...

We learned last week that Walmart’s video streaming & download service Vudu was coming to Apple TV, and it’s now available – with a handy feature for those with large Blu-ray and DVD libraries.

Vudu supports Ultraviolet, a feature that provides digital access to some movies you bought in physical disc format …

more…

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03:49
CrashPlan Discontinues Consumer Backups

Code42 Software has announced it’s discontinuing the CrashPlan for Home backup service, and will focus exclusively on the business and education markets in the future. Joe Kissell explains why he’s angry about this news and now hesitates to recommend CrashPlan even to businesses.

 

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Aug. 22, 2017

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

iOS Apps/Updates

PicsArt, animage editing app and creative social network with over 90 million monthly active users, has launched support for an iMessage app that gives iMessage users access to over 2,000,000 custom stickers. PicsArt now enables sticker search, creation, and drag and drop capabilities for sharing stickers with friends, directly in an iMessage conversation.

macOS Apps/Updates

Mac Broadcaster has upgraded JustBroadcaster for Periscope, their Periscope...

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Monday August 21

23:57
Apple Seeds watchOS 4 Developer Beta 7 (15R5365a) to...

Apple didn’t include patch notes for the release, but as with other operating systems in Apple’s developer beta program, each seed is a mix of bug fixes, tweaks, and various stages of feature rollouts.


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20:30
iPhone 8's 3D Face Scanner Will Work In '...

According to a report by the Korea Herald, Apple's upcoming iPhone 8 will ditch the fingerprint identification in favor of 3D face recognition, which will work "in the millionths of a second." PhoneArena reports: The Samsung Galaxy series were among the first mainstream devices to feature iris recognition, but the speed and accuracy of the current technology leave a lot to be desired, and maybe that is why current phones ship with an eye scanner AND a fingerprint reader. The iPhone 8, on the other hand, is expected to make a full dive into 3D scanning. Both Samsung and Apple are rumored to have tried to implement a fingerprint scanner under the display glass, but failed as the technology was not sufficiently advanced. The new iPhone will also introduce 3D sensors on both its front and back for Apple's new augmented reality (AR) platform. This latest report also reveals that Apple will not use curved edges for its iPhone 8 screen, but will instead use a flat AMOLED panel. The big...

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19:59
Facebook’s Safety Check feature getting permanent...

First released in 2014, Facebook’s Safety Check feature will be getting a dedicated home for both the iOS app as well as on the web.

more…

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18:56
Videos in iOS 11 beta show alternate Control Center...




A pair of tutorial videos found in Apple's latest iOS 11 beta release depict what appears to be an alternate Control Center interface and app switcher swipe gestures never before previewed.

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18:24
AccuWeather iOS app misleads users as it sends...

AccuWeather on iOS may be violating Apple’s developer agreement as well as user trust, a new security audit reveals. Will Strafach, a security researcher, discovered that the iOS weather app is potentially sending out the identifiable user and device information to a third-party company even when location data sharing is denied.

more…

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17:57
What’s new in iOS 11 beta 7? Hands-on with new...

iOS 11 beta 7 was released earlier today to developers, and as we get closer to the GM release, there are less and less readily apparent changes present. Despite this, there are a handful of differences to be found in this latest beta. Have a look at our hands-on video walkthrough for the details. more…

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17:51
Video of app switching gesture for Touch ID-less...

Developer Guilherme Rambo has been on a roll over the last month, uncovering a host of new details about Apple’s upcoming devices. Tonight, he’s shared a video found in the iOS 11 beta that could give us a look at how the app switcher may work on the iPhone 8 without a Touch ID/a physical Home button.

more…

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15:46
AirPods now 2-3 weeks out from Apple, Best Buy and...

The shipping time estimate for Apple’s AirPods have dropped to the lowest we’ve seen yet with an updated 2-3 week window. Strangely enough, even though they are still tough to get directly from Apple, Best Buy and others have stock of the fully wireless earphones ready to ship.

more…

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15:33
AirPods ship times drop to 2-3 weeks from Apple amid...




AirPods ship times from Apple's online store have dropped below one month for the first time since the popular headphones debuted more than eight months ago, though third-party resellers have stock available for immediate purchase.

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15:05
Apple updates Safari Extensions webpage with focus...

Along with releasing beta updates for iOS, macOS, and tvOS today, Apple has updated its Safari Extensions webpage. The redesign includes a prominent link to the extensions available in the Mac App Store, and also features the ability to install extensions from the webpage with a single click.

more…

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14:35
Apple Daily Report for August 21, 2017

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, is on an “eclipse” road trip. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

Intel launched its 8th-generation processors today, starting with the with the new “U-series”chips for notebooks that boast a 40% performance boost compared to the previous generation. Alas, while this series is suitable for use in MacBooks and the dual-core MacBook Pro, it won't help provide users with a 32GB memory option. 

If you have a Barclays bank account, you can now make payments simply by instructing Siri to do it. The feature, added to the latest version of the company’s iOS app...

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13:56
WhatsApp announces new text-based status features

Starting today, popular calling and messaging service WhatsApp is rolling out some new text-based status features for its iOS app and the web.

more…

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13:52
Video: Apple eGPU developer kit tested with a 15-...




AppleInsider takes a look at Apple's eGPU developer kit, including the Radeon RX 580 video card, and the Sonnet eGFX enclosure.

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13:10
Apple holds commanding lead over Qualcomm in 3D...




A new analyst report claims that Apple holds up to a two year lead on rival Qualcomm, when it comes to software and hardware development of accurate 3D sensing systems -- and no Android product developer seems that willing to host the technology in the foreseeable future.

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13:05
A Wealth of Open-Source Software Is Homebrewed

When it comes to installing awesome software for free, this utility, paradoxically both little-known and popular, makes it quick and easy.


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12:56
4K Apple TV codename referenced in tvOS 11 beta 7

As Apple today released another round of beta updates for iOS, macOS, and tvOS, we’re hearing more details about the company’s upcoming products. This time, developer Guilherme Rambo has dug up information about the expected 4K Apple TV.

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12:47
KGI: Apple’s iPhone 8 ahead of Qualcomm with 3D...

In a new report out by KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo, the group believes that Apple has a significant lead on Qualcomm in the 3D sensing technology space. Kuo believes that Qualcomm won’t be making significant shipments until at least 2019.

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12:43
Google unveils Android 8.0 Oreo ahead of iOS 11/...

Google today unveiled the next version of its mobile operating system and its competitor to Apple’s iOS 11 with the official introduction of Android 8.0 ‘Oreo’. more…

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12:39
Latest tvOS 11 beta points to HDR-equipped '...




Further backing the impending arrival of a new Apple TV, the seventh tvOS 11 beta -- released on Monday -- makes references to a "J105a" model with support for HDR (high dynamic range).

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12:31
Android Oreo exits developer beta program, coming to...




Google's latest version of Android has been named. Android Oreo is complete, has exited developer-only beta testing, and is coming soon to the Pixel, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.

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12:27
Atari sues Nestle over “Kit Kat: Breakout” ad

“Breakout” was created by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak with help from fellow co-founder Steve Jobs as a successor to “Pong,” and requires a player to knock down rows of colored bricks with a paddle.

Nestle simply replaced the bricks with brown Kit Kat bars, used in a Kit Kate Bites commercial titled “Kit Kat: Breakout,” showing adults and children using paddles to knock the bars down, according to Atari.

How does Nestle possibly defend themselves against this lawsuit? They seem guilty as hell.

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12:24
Apple AI expert Tom Gruber's TED Talk video...




A talk from a TED conference in April by Apple AI expert and Siri co-founder Tom Gruber is now available to watch on YouTube, with Gruber sharing how Apple's digital assistant Siri and 'humanistic AI' can be used to help humans become smarter.

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12:23
Apple And Studios Might End-Run the Theaters for...

Bloomberg reports that Apple and Comcast have been negotiating with two movie studios for a very early rental of theatrical releases — 17 days later on Apple TV for $50. The theater owners don’t like it.


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12:22
Apple is Accepting SPLC Donations in iTunes Now

Apple won’t share user information with the SPLC, and donations won’t qualify as a charitable donation.


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11:52
TMO Background Mode Interview with Bloomberg...

Mark Gurman is the Consumer Technology Reporter for Bloomberg. As Mark recalls, there was never a time in his youth when he wasn’t interested in technology. He told me that it was the iPod mini for his 10th birthday that wowed him. His love for the company that created the iPod made it feel very natural to get into reporting on Apple. In the second segment, we chatted about his seminal article in December 2016 on the state of the Mac, thoughts on the next Mac Pro, competition from Microsoft in the form of the Surface Laptop, how the Apple watch Series 3 may have LTE, how devious Apple has become in hiding its pre-release trademarks, prospects for an Apple robot and Apple’s HomePod. Mark provided, as always, fascinating and insightful comments about Apple.


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11:52
Logic Pros Review: Syntronik’s massive collection of...

IK Multimedia unleashed its brand new Syntronik software synth to the masses recently. The new AU/VST instrument is certainly one of the more impressive offerings from the company in terms of virtual sound sources, so there was no way we weren’t going to give this one a spin. more…

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11:25
Making the Most of Your iPhone Storage Space

Just because Apple is making iPhone and iPad models with beefier storage options doesn’t mean iOS isn’t evolving to help you manage the space better.


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11:11
In The Next iTunes Update, iTunes U Collections Will...

If you are an iTunes U content creator, you won’t have to do much since Apple will be doing the transition. However, Apple recommends that institutions review current iTunes U Collections and remove outdated or unneeded content before the transition happens.


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11:02
Affinity Photo 1.6.4 update headlined by new Macro...

Affinity Photo developer, Serif, is continuing to add big enhancements to the iPad version of its professional photo editing app. Version 1.6.4 of Affinity Photo for iPad, which comes not long after the app’s first big update, brings some compelling new features to the table for photo editing enthusiasts.
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10:58
What Tech Companies Are Doing Wrong With Extremists


It is starting to worry me how little the responses by tech firms will do to fix the problem of extreme views instead of just driving them underground. A good deal of the reason for this is the excessive focus firms now have on how they are run. Companies tend to be run tactically, with officials more likely to make decisions that will seem to make a problem go away within a quarter but that do not deal with the cause of the problem. For instance, stock buyback programs do push up stock prices -- but they do nothing to increase company value.

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10:42
Walmart may use a blimp to deploy its delivery drones

Hey, Amazon: you aren't the only one who pictures blimps full of delivery drones. Walmart has applied for a patent on "gas-filled carrier aircrafts" that would serve as airborne bases, helping courier drones fly to homes they couldn't reach if they...

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10:37
More Details on iPhone 8 Facial Recognition Emerge

We already suspect the iPhone 8 facial recognition system will use infrared, but now we have reason to believe it’ll be lightning fast, too.


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10:35
Longtime label holdout Drag City puts catalog on...




Independent label Drag City has added most of its back catalog to Apple Music, reversing a previous stance calling for better artist compensation.

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10:35
News: Promise Technology releases Apollo Cloud 2 Duo...

For those who enjoy the benefits of the cloud but are more than a little wary of trusting their data to third-parties, Promise Technology has released the Apollo cloud storage device to combine the benefits of the cloud combined with keeping data safely inside the home. The Apollo Cloud 2 Duo provides 8TB of space split between two surveillance-class hard drives that can be accessed remotely with a dedicated app, all with no subscription fees. Up…

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10:19
Watch Google’s Android O event right here at 2:40PM...

During today's solar eclipse, Google will be unveiling its latest OS, Android O. The release event and livestream will begin at 2:40 PM Eastern. "Watch the solar eclipse unveil the Android O superhero. Trust us, it'll be extra sweet," said Google.

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10:16
‘Star Wars Battlefront II' space skirmishes put...

Star Wars: Battlefront II may have a single-player mode -- a first for the series -- but that doesn't mean multiplayer is taking a back seat. Electronic Arts showed off the large-scale, multiplayer Starfighter Assault mode for the first time in a liv...

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10:04
Apple Releases iOS 11 Developer Beta 7 (15A5362a)

The update is available for developers with compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models.


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10:04
Brawl in the post-apocalypse in the next '...

We're currently enjoying Overwatch's summer event (including our favorite addition, the grilldad Soldier 76 skin) and looking forward to the recently-announced deathmatch modes coming to the game. In other words, we weren't expecting much during Game...

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10:03
Apple Seeds macOS High Sierra Developer Beta 7 Build...

Monday’s release continues an accelerated release cycle, as the last round of developer betas hit just one week ago.


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10:02
Apple makes seventh developer betas of macOS High...




Keeping up with the one per week cycle, apple has updated three of its developer betas, with seventh releases of iOS 11, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, and tvOS 11.

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10:02
Apple Seeds tvOS 11 Developer Beta 7 (15J5369a)

Along with iOS 11 beta 7, macOS High Sierra beta 7, and watchOS 4 beta 7, Apple released tvOS 11 developer beta 7 (XX) on Monday.


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10:00
'The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs' promises...

In the close-to-three years since its release on PC, The Sims 4 has broken down gender barriers, freed itself from the shackles of the suburbs, and even found time to cater to Mac and console gamers. But, there's been something amiss from the lives o...

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09:56
Apple releases macOS High Sierra developer beta 7

Apple has released macOS High Sierra beta 7 for developer testing. macOS High Sierra includes the new Apple File System, HEVC video playback, Metal 2, Photos and Safari upgrades, and more.

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09:56
tvOS 11 developer beta 7 rolling out for the Apple...

Apple is rolling out the seventh tvOS 11 developer beta for testing on the fourth-gen Apple TV. tvOS 11 brings Home screen sync, automatic dark and light mode, full AirPods support, AirPlay 2 and more.

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09:56
watchOS 4 beta 7 for Apple Watch now available

Apple has released the seventh watchOS 4 developer beta for testing on all Apple Watch models. watchOS 4 brings new watch faces including Siri and Toy Story options, enhanced Music and Workout experiences, Apple News, person to person payments and Apple Pay Cash, and more.

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09:53
Apple’s Potential Movie Deal and Ways to Avoid Scam...

Jeff Butts and John Martellaro join Dave Hamilton to talk about Apple’s potential deal for first-run movies in-the-home, as well as ways to avoid getting scammed by fake calls from Apple support.


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09:47
Apple releases iOS 11 developer beta 7

Once again after just a week since the last developer beta, Apple has released the seventh developer beta preview. iOS 11 brings new features like drag-and-drop and a redesigned multitasking interface for iPad, a new customizable Control Center, and much more.

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09:46
Intel launches 8th-gen i5/i7 processors, could bring...

Intel has today launched its 8th generation of U-Series Core Processors that could find their way into Apple’s future MacBooks. These newest chips will provide up to a 40% boost in computing productivity and more for laptops and 2-in-1 devices.

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You can now apply to be Clash of Clans...
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Meshi Quest beginner's guide - how...
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The best card combos in Clash Royale
Clash Royale is all about building a deck of units that synergise well. To help you get off to a flying start, we've put together a list of unit combinations that are incredibly effective. Looking for some choice 2v2 combos? Check out our guide. [... | Read more »
The best 2v2 card combos in Clash Royale
2v2 is making it's grand return toClash Royalequite soon. 2v2 has quickly become one of the game's most popular gameplay modes, though they still have yet to make it a permanent fixture in the game. 2v2 is exciting and adds some new flavor to... | Read more »
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Another busy week has come to a close. We played a lot of excellent games this week and now it's time to look back and reflect on some our favorites. Here are our picks for the week of August 18. [Read more] | Read more »
War Wings beginner's guide - how to...
War Wings is the newest project from well-established game maker Miniclip. It's a World War II aerial dogfighting game with loads of different airplane models to unlock and battle. The game offers plenty of single player and multiplayer action. We... | Read more »
How to win every 2v2 battle in Clash Roy...
2v2 is coming back to Clash Royale in a big way. Although it's only been available for temporary periods of time, 2v2 has seen a hugely positive fan response, with players clamoring for more team-based gameplay. Soon we'll get yet another taste of... | Read more »

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B&H Photo has clearance 2016 15″ 2.6GHz MacBook Pros in stock today and on sale for $500 off original MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY & NJ sales tax only: – 15″ 2.6GHz Touch... Read more
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Amazon has the new 2017 21″ 2.3GHz iMac (MMQA2LL/A) in stock and on sale for $999.99 including free shipping. Their price is $100 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this model. Read more
Free Instant Translator 2.0 App For iOS Relea...
Mobile application development company, Neoappz has announced the release and immediate availability of Instant Translator 2.0 for iOS devices. Instant Translator is a user-friendly application which... Read more
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Purchase a new Mac using Apple’s Education discount, and take up to $300 off MSRP. All teachers, students, and staff of any educational institution qualify for the discount. Shipping is free. As part... Read more
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Apple has Certified Refurbished 2016 12″ Retina MacBooks available starting at $1019. Apple will include a standard one-year warranty with each MacBook, and shipping is free. The following... Read more
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