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Thursday April 27

01:51
Apple investigating wireless charging via Wi-Fi...




Apple is experimenting with medium- to long-distance wireless charging technologies that could one day allow users to charge up their iPhones with nothing more than a Wi-Fi router, according to a U.S. Patent and Trademark filing made public on Thursday.

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01:35
Dear Facebook, Snuff Films Aren’t ‘Content’

I have a message for Facebook: snuff films aren’t “content.” Videos and streams of humans murdering other humans aren’t “content.” Any outlook that considers such videos “content” is morally bankrupt, and Bryan Chaffin believes it is rooted in a business mind-set that sees all of our lives as product to plunder.


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Wednesday April 26

20:31
Spotify buys blockchain startup Mediachain Labs to...




Spotify on Wednesday announced the purchase of Brooklyn-based startup Mediachain Labs, a company which developed technology that can help the streaming music giant better track online content and reward owners with royalty payments.

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18:37
Microsoft wasn't hammered by surveillance...

A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft released its Transparency Report revealing that it had received "1,000 to 1,499 surveillance requests for foreign intelligence purposes (known as FISA) from January to June 2016." There's only one problem though -- it...

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18:36
Designer of Microsoft’s infamous ‘Clippy’ tool talks...

One of the most iconic pieces of software design ever is the Clippy (or Clippit) assistant that was baked into Microsoft Office up until 2007. Users had and still have somewhat of a love-hate relationship with Clippy. Despite the assistant no longer being included in Microsoft Office, Clippy has lived on with a variety of different fan-made renditions, fiction stories, and more.

Now, the original illustrator of Clippy, Kevan Atteberry, has sat down with Motherboard for a full interview

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18:22
Building a GTX 1080 Ti-powered Hackintosh: hardware...

In a previous article, posted shortly after Nvidia announced its new Pascal Mac drivers, I briefly discussed my plans to build a new Hackintosh. I’ve been planning and working on the machine for over a week, and I’m finally at the point where I can share the results of my journey.

This isn’t my first Hackintosh build, but it’s the first build where I decided to go about it without the assistance of the excellent tools over at tonymacx86. I’ve been long interested in building a Hackintosh using just the Clover EFI Bootloader, and that’s exactly what I did for this build.

Going about it this way allowed me to learn more about the process, and helped me to see that the entire premise, while tedious at times, is actually fairly straightforward. In this initial...

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17:06
Google experiment promises clean nighttime shots...

Many modern smartphones can take decent photos when the sun goes down, but their noisy, washed out images still don't hold a candle to the shots from a high-end DSLR. Google researcher Florian Kainz might have a way of closing that gap at least some...

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16:47
Spotify aiming to solve its unpaid royalties problem...

Spotify has long been the subject of discrepancies of unpaid royalties to artists, as well as the actual rates it pays. For instance, the latest RIAA report showed that the company pays artists less than half of what Apple Music pays. Spotify has now, however, made an acquisition that will ideally help with those problems…

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16:11
Watch David Hasselhoff in an AI-scripted short film

Robots are slowly taking more and more jobs -- and soon, they'll come for the writers (gulp). That's the pitch behind director Oscar Sharp and AI researcher Ross Goodwin's short film It's No Game, in which an artificial intelligence swoops in during...

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15:52
Mobile Ubuntu Gamble to Fizzle Out in June


Canonical this week said that it will end its support for Ubuntu Touch phones and Ubuntu-powered tablets in June, and that it will shut down its app store at the end of this year. With Ubuntu Touch, a unified mobile OS based on Ubuntu Linux, Canonical hoped to establish a marketable alternative to the Android and iOS platforms. The news came on the heels of Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth's recent disclosure that the company had decided to drop Ubuntu's Unity desktop environment.

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15:36
How Can Amazon Echo Look Possibly Succeed? It’s Easy

At first glance, the technically and logically minded person would wonder why Amazon thinks that an AI like Alexa, within the new Echo Look, peering into your bedroom and making clothing recommendations would be a hit product. But then one has to understand the psychology of the product. At that point, all becomes clear.


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15:29
Air Force Bug Bounty Program Goes Live For Hackers

Today the Air Force announced a program for sharing vulnerabilities that it will launch next month. The Air Force bug bounty program will let hackers comb several public Air Force websites for software vulnerabilities. Cash prizes are available for discovered bugs, and this new program also does something new that others of its kind don’t. Andrew Orr reveals all.


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15:27
Stephen Colbert Spoofs Samsung Galaxy S8’s...

Check out The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s Samsung spoof. From the narrator: “When our engineers designed this phone, they asked one simple question: how can we design a smartphone that won’t catch on fire?” Well yeah that’s a good question. And the answer? “The Galaxy S8 has been completely overhauled with revolutionary new features like larger screen display, better camera, and no fire.”

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15:15
Air Force enlists hackers to hunt bugs in its site

Bug bounties have been a staple among startups and online businesses since the days of Netscape Navigator but the federal government has been slow to adopt the beneficial code hunts. However, a year after the DoD's first such program, Hack The Pentag...

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15:03
FCC Chairman outlines his plan to gut net neutrality

The future of net neutrality has been uncertain since the November election of Donald Trump. His FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, has made it clear he intends to scale back some of the regulations surrounding ISPs, but details have been scarce. Now we have an...

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14:55
AWT News Update: April 26, 2017

Schematic via @Onleaks

Leaked schematics, financial results, firing talking heads, and more HomeKit devices -- that's what's on the AWT News Update today:

  • A well-known provider of good leaked info sent out a tweet today showing a new iPhone 8 schematic
  • Twitter is apparently harvested a bumper crop of new users during its first quarter of 2017, most likely all parroting each other with stupid political comments
  • ESPN will cut 100 "on-air talent" positions and bolster its digital content
  • The HomeKit product page has been updated with some new products and a few no-shows have been eliminated

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.

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14:32
Google Trips is now more helpful for anyone afraid...

Last year, Google released Trips, an app for iOS and Android that helps you keep track of your itinerary while traveling. It automatically collects information from your Gmail inbox, organizes it and makes it available offline. It even offers suggest...

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14:29
macOS: Make Your Spotlight Searches Better with the...

When you are looking for something specific on your Mac with Spotlight, you might get overwhelmed with the search results. Jeff Butts has become a Spotlight search pro thanks to a simple operator. Read along as he shows you how it works and some of what you can do with it.


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14:17
New Verizon Prepaid Plan Has Unlimited Data, But...

Verizon launched a new prepaid plan today, featured unlimited data. It’s US$80, and you won’t need to sign a contract or fork over your credit details. However, Big Red will limit you in certain ways, so take that “unlimited” phrase with a grain of salt. Andrew Orr tells us what the new plan gives you.


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14:12
You're not too old to play with Hot Wheels in...

The second Forza Horizon 3 expansion is coming out soon and it's bringing a big dose of childhood nostalgia along with it. Hot Wheels and their iconic bright orange tracks arrive on May 9th as part of the Forza Horizon 3 Expansion Pass or as standalo...

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14:11
Epic Facebook Rant, CAPTCHA Complaints, and Apple...

Bryan and Jeff go on an epic rant about Facebook and its attitude about humanity and our very lives. They also talk about problems they’ve been seeing with CAPTCHA systems, and ask whether or not Apple can make its retail locations places where people hang out.


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13:51
Samsung's auto-reply app fights distracted...

Let's be honest: too many of us are using our phones while driving. It's a problem and it's dangerous, but we do it anyway. Samsung knows this and has come up with a new app cleverly named In-Traffic Reply to help. The app, currently in beta, aims to...

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13:43
Facebook's live video problem is only getting...

Facebook's struggle with livestreams of terrible crimes is still very real, and appears to be worsening. Local media report that a young Thai man used Facebook Live to broadcast a murder-suicide where he hanged his baby daughter before taking his own...

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13:41
Millions May Have Picked Up FalseGuide Malware at...


As many as 2 million Android users might have downloaded apps that were infected with the FalseGuide malware, security research firm Check Point warned on Monday. The oldest of the infected apps could have been uploaded to Google Play as long ago as last November, having successfully remained hidden for five months, while the newest may have been uploaded as recently as the beginning of this month. The malware has infected nearly 50 guide apps for popular games, Check Point researchers Oren Koriat, Andrey Polkovnichenko & Bogdan Melnykov noted.

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13:38
External Link: Unroll.me Sold Its Users’ Email Data...

Revealed in the recent New York Times profile of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick was the fact that the popular service Unroll.me, which promises to help you unsubscribe from unwanted newsletters and promotional messages, was selling email data to the ride-sharing company. At the Intercept, Sam Biddle explains how Uber was analyzing Unrolll.me user email traffic to gauge the health of its main competitor, Lyft. If that bothers you, the article provides instructions for deleting your Unroll.me account.

 

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13:30
Slickwraps Retro Case protects your iPhone like it...

As a blogger who writes more than his share of reviews of iPhone cases, I get a lot of them at no cost for review purposes. That's why it's a bit surprising that the case I'm currently protecting my iPhone 7 Plus with is one I paid for. With just one look, I knew I had to open my wallet, get out the credit card, and purchase the Slickwraps Retro Case ($36.99) to adorn my iPhone.

Design

The case is actually a standard Spigen Ultra Hybrid case that has been modified with a Slickwraps print. But who cares? The point is, IT LOOKS LIKE AN ORIGINAL MAC!

Sorry about the yelling. Anyway, when a description of this case showed up in my inbox, I jumped to order the darned thing. The case is that lovely Pantone 453 beige that the earliest Macs came in, complete with the rainbow Apple logo and some...

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13:26
External Link: Rogue Amoeba Releases Airfoil...

We reported recently that tvOS 10.2 broke Rogue Amoeba’s Airfoil utility, which lets you broadcast audio via AirPlay from any app. As part of their initial pass at fixing the problem, Rogue Amoeba has released the free Airfoil Satellite TV app for the Apple TV, which acts as an Airfoil receiver. Unfortunately, the app must be running in the foreground to receive audio, but Rogue Amoeba is already in the preliminary stages of restoring full Apple TV AirPlay functionality to Airfoil, with no receiving app required.

 

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13:22
A very false narrative: Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Apple...




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 all of those media narratives are wrong, here's why.

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13:20
Review: Advanced Mezger aptX Bluetooth Receiver

We've been working hard over the past few years to bring reviews of high-quality audio gear, but some of our readers have pointed out that we have been mostly focused on headphones. They have asked for reviews of other parts of the audio signal chain — amplifiers, DACs, and wireless receivers. We have a bunch in the works, and here's the first: the Advanced Mezger aptX Bluetooth Receiver ($100). Though it’s limited by Bluetooth bandwidth and USB power, the Mezger is a solid performer.
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13:15
Tip of the Day: Plugging your iPhone in silently

If you’ve ever tried to tiptoe into your bedroom late at night without waking up your spouse, you’ve probably cringed when you’ve had to plug in your iPhone, only to hear it chirp or buzz as it vibrates to acknowledge the charging connection. Fortunately, it turns out there’s a handy, albeit it less than obvious way to prevent this: For whatever reason it turns out that if you simply swipe to the camera from your lock screen…

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13:08
Spotify's latest move shows it's trying to...

Spotify has struggled with unpaid royalties recently, though it's promised to fix things to help support frustrated artists. The company recently limited its free streaming option to build trust with music creators. In addition, Spotify just acquired...

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12:54
Review: Olixar X-Trio Full Cover gives your iPhone 7...

The new Product (RED) iPhone 7 is cool, and supporting charity by buying Product (RED) products, even better. But buying a new iPhone 7 mid-year ahead of what’s expected to be the biggest update in a while with iPhone 8 this fall; not such a great idea. So as an alternative to red iPhone mania, Olixar sent over its X-Trio Full Cover case that does a pretty good job of giving your iPhone a similar look on the cheap (white front not included). I’ve been using it for several weeks and I really like it.

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12:47
Gear: Twelve BookBook for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

While not everybody is a fan of folio cases for an iPhone, Twelve South’s BookBook is among the classiest and most unique cases you’ll find in this style, and the company has of course updated its classic BookBook lineup with BookBook for iPhone 7 ($70) and BookBook for iPhone 7 Plus ($70). Still available in the classic colours of vintage brown leather and black, BookBook provides a wallet case that’s unlike any other, with generous…

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12:24
'Danger Zone' turns the best part of...

It's been nine long years since we had a proper Burnout game. But when Paradise launched back in 2008 it didn't come with the franchise's trademark Crash Mode, the arcadey feature that tasked players with hurtling themselves through an intersection t...

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12:16
The Humble Comics Bundle: Bloom County

This is an amazing deal on an amazing strip.

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12:11
Apple’s new Clips app is iMovie for the social age

I completely recognize I am not the target audience for Clips. That being said, are any of you using it on a regular basis? Do you know others who are? What are your thoughts on the app, given it is a version 1.0?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:09
FCC chairman plans to 'reverse the mistake...

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will vote on May 18 to kick off a proceeding to “reverse the mistake” of the agency’s 2-year-old net neutrality rules, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said.

The rulemaking proceeding would be the first step toward repealing the regulations and reversing the agency’s 2015 decision to classify broadband as a regulated, telecom-like service.

Pai didn’t provide a lot of detail about his proposal during a speech Wednesday, but during the rulemaking, the FCC will seek public comment on how best to move forward with new net neutrality rules or guidelines, he said. The FCC is scheduled to release the text of Pai’s proposal on Thursday.

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12:03
SOBRO: The smart coffee table for cold beers and...

Coffee tables aren't the most glamorous piece of furniture. If you're anything like me, they inevitably become a repository for loose stuff like keys and remotes. Storebound's SOBRO smart table aims to be a lot more useful. It's not just nice to look...

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11:48
Alleged 'iPhone 8' schematic shows...




New purported schematics for Apple's "iPhone 8" show the rear of the device, possibly backing up claims that the product will switch to vertically-aligned lenses -- albeit with any Touch ID sensor located somewhere else.

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11:47
A Fitbit Flex 2 reportedly exploded on woman's...

Dina Mitchell was reading a book on Tuesday in her Wisconsin home when the Fitbit Flex 2 on her wrist exploded, causing second-degree burns, she told ABC News. Mitchell reportedly tore the device off of her arm as it was still on fire, and doctors ha...

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11:42
Podcast 556: Uber my dead body

Oh, Uber. Uber, Uber, Uber. When will this nightmare of a company shape up? Probably never. But we have another chance to shake our heads and sigh here on the podcast, because according to a story in the New York Times, Uber’s C.E.Bro got a polite dressing down from Tim Cook, for purposely running afoul of Apple’s App Store guidelines and then trying its pathetic best to evade detection. Faced with the threat of being removed from the App Store, Travis Kalanick immediately rolled over, but Glenn thinks the violation is serious enough that Apple should have warned users, or even given Uber an App Store timeout.

Elsewhere, Apple wants to stop mining minerals, which would be good, and attracting packs of millenials to Apple stores even if they’re not there to shop or visit the Geniuses. Which could be bad. Unless there are themed coffee drinks, for which we have several suggestions. (Call us, Angela!)

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11:39
Protective ‘ProBack Cover’ iPad Pro case can carry...

We’ve seen cases that protect the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and covers that hold the Apple Pencil, and now ProBack Cover is hoping to become the first case that does both while also charging Apple Pencil.

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11:26
Police will scan every fan's face at the...

If you're headed to the UEFA Champions League final in Cardiff on June 3rd, you might just be part of a massive experiment in security -- and a privacy uproar. South Wales Police are conducting a face recognition trial that could scan every one of th...

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11:16
Purported iPhone 8 schematic shows vertical dual-...

Over the weekend we got what may be the most impressive preview of what’s in store for the iPhone 8 this fall, and now a new illustration that appears to be schematics for the upcoming flagship iPhone has surfaced online. While no one appears to be taking credit for leaking the image (below), elements of the drawing do align with recent leaks.

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11:00
The 1979 Alien trailer has influenced countless...

I still remember seeing the original trailer in theaters. It was wonderfully terrifying and left you with the feeling of, “I have no idea what that was but I want to see that movie!”

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10:56
∞ This supercar collection is worth millions

This is, without a doubt, the oddest place to display cars worth millions of dollars you have ever seen.

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10:55
iPads, Robots and the Future of Tablet Computing –...

Future iPads are going to be designed in part based on changes in society, according to TMO’s own John Martellaro. John, along with Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet look at what’s coming for the iPad, and whether or not it’s evolving fast enough.


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10:55
Google turns 'Hamilton' hype into a VR...

We're all a bit more versed in American history these days, thanks in great part to playwright and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda and his award-winning hip-hop-infused musical, Hamilton. The Hamilton Education Program will bring 5,000 disadvantaged stud...

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10:50
∞ Using an Apple Watch without an iPhone

I recently switched to the gorgeous new iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED, but one thing I didn’t do is setup my Apple Watch with the iPhone. It was a simple oversight, but I realized very quickly how much I’ve come to rely on the Apple Watch/iPhone combination in my daily life. […]

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10:43
The Onion: Metallica Board Of Directors debate new...

The Onion is just brilliant sometimes.

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10:32
Reddit is stripping away some of its personality

Reddit's default design is a throwback to simpler times on the internet. However, moderators on the site's numerous subreddits put a bunch of work into making sure their communities stand out from each other by employing CSS (cascading style sheets)...

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10:17
Amazon’s Echo Look takes outfit photos and suggests...

There has never been a product less suited to me. That being said, I think Amazon will sell a lot of these to budding and wannabe fashionistas.

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10:16
'Call of Duty: WWII' takes you back to...

Call of Duty: WWII will launch November 3rd on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. As you might expect, the game takes place largely in Europe between 1944 and 1945, ultimately pushing toward Germany after fighting through Nazi reinforcements on Normandy...

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10:10
How Apple's 'iPhone 8' could improve...




The hurdles to better battery life in modern devices are both technical, in terms of power consumption, and physical, as limited by space available. Apple's upcoming "iPhone 8" is rumored to address both of those issues, potentially allowing for longer battery life than ever.

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10:09
Apple Watch NikeLab featured in hands-on ahead of...

Last week Nike unveiled its latest collaboration with Apple: Apple Watch NikeLab. Now the limited edition Apple Watch Series 2 has been featured in a Highsnobiety hands-on shoot ahead of its upcoming release.

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10:03
Blue Jays player scores with unbelievable flying...
10:00
'The Protectors' shows how VR can help...

At first, the elephant looks like it's asleep. But then you notice it has stumps where there should be feet. Its tusks have been sawed off. And there are countless maggots crawling along a gaping hole in its face. It's a horrifying image as I describ...

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09:47
Final Cut Pro X now has over 2 million users, Apple...




Final Cut Pro X -- once a controversial redesign of Apple's professional video editing suite -- has topped 2 million users, the company announced at this week's National Association of Broadcasters conference in Las Vegas.

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09:40
The first 4K livestream from space starts at 1:30PM...

Astronaut Peggy Whitson has already broken plenty of new ground in her current role as a commander aboard the International Space Station, but she's about to break some more. As promised, Whitson will star in the first-ever 4K livestream from space t...

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09:31
9to5Toys Lunch Break: SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB Flash...

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09:23
Google Home has 5 million recipe options for your...

Google has been rapidly adding new features to its Home connected speaker recently, and the latest will be handy for chefs. Google Home can now read out recipes step-by-step -- but it sounds like you'll need to kick off the process using your smartph...

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09:19
Amazon Echo Look and iOS app judges your wardrobe...




On Wednesday, Amazon expanded its Alexa family of devices with the Echo Look -- a voice recognition device with a camera tailored to snapping a shot of your outfit, rating it, and giving you alternate choices in conjunction with an iOS app.

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09:03
NAB 2017: Apple announces 2 milion users of Final...

Final Cut Pro X first made it to the Mac about five and a half years ago to a largely negative user base. Those who complained about the removal of core features from version 7 and the addition of a completely redesigned user interface apparently got over their initial distates for the app, as it was announced at NAB 2017 that the app now has two million users.

Richard Taylor, host of a series of Final Cut Pro X videos on YouTube, caught the announcement on video:

Of interest in the announcement was word that it took less time for Final Cut Pro X to grow from 1 to 2 million users than it took to capture the first million. That indicates a growing acceptance of the tool in the video editing field as well as a larger user base for the pro app. The addition of many third-party plugins for Final Cut Pro X as well as acceptance of the revised UI after over five years has made...

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08:59
Tesla Model S safety concerns cost it Consumer...

Consumer Reports and Tesla really aren't getting along well lately. The what-should-I-buy magazine has lowered the ratings of Tesla's Model S and Model X after noting that a promised automatic emergency braking feature (originally due by the end of 2...

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08:55
iPhone 8 Smokes Samsung Galaxy S8 in Leaked...

How fast is the iPhone 8? If a Geekbench performance test screenshot that just surfaced is to be believed, it blows the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S8 out of the water. The reported results have some other interesting tidbits, too, like a really tall screen aspect ratio.


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08:50
Apple’s New Clips App Is iMovie for the Social Age

Apple’s new Clips app for iOS is a video-editing app like iMovie, but it’s loaded with emojis and other zany features like those in Snapchat and other social video apps. Clips is fun, but limited and opaque in some ways.

 

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08:38
Robbers nab $24K worth of Apple goods in Corte...

Apple devices usually come with a "Designed in California" label. Now 17 iPhones, three iPads, and two Macs can wear the "Stolen in California" label, as the devices were stolen from an Apple retail outlet at The Village at Corte Madera mall in Corte Madera, CA. 

The devices are valued at $24,000, and were stolen shortly after the store closed at 8 PM on Monday, April 24. Five robbers who were described as being in their late teens or early 20s made the heist, and were later spotted by a security guard running towards the rear of a nearby Macy's store. Apparently there were still customers in the store at the time. 

A tweet by ABC7 news reporter Amy Hollyfield shows the empty tabletops: 

Look at the empty counter at the Corte Madera Apple Store. Police say 5 thieves grabbed about $24k worth of products and took off...

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08:38
FDA: Stop buying miracle cancer drugs on Instagram

The FDA has issued a warning to social media users not to be taken in by miracle cures hawked on the internet. The agency found 14 companies that made fraudulent, outrageous claims about the power of their medicines on platforms like Facebook and Ins...

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08:22
Google Maps on iPhone adds parking reminders,...

Google Maps for iPhone (free) has a new feature that's been in Apple Maps for a while; the ability to set parking reminders automatically or manually. 

Those who are using Apple CarPlay or the like to pair to a car via USB or Bluetooth should find that Maps places a pin on a parking location automatically when a phone is disconnected. If that doesn't work for you -- say, the parking location is never accurate enough -- you can disable autosave through the options on the blue dot that marks a user's current location.

Manual addition of a parking spot is done by tapping on the blue dot or by adding a red "pin", then tapping on the menu at upper right to "Set as parking location". 

In addition, there's now a new "Directions widget" that provides users with directions right on the lock screen (see image above). With a tap, both the starting and ending...

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08:21
Amazon Echo Look is a voice-controlled camera for...

Amazon's Echo smart speakers just went in an unusual (but potentially very helpful) new direction. Meet Echo Look, an Alexa-powered camera designed around taking your own fashion photos and videos. If you want to show off your daily wardrobe, you j...

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08:06
Trump proves a boon for Twitter growth as service...

Wednesday morning, Twitter held its shareholders meeting for Q1 2017 results. Pointing to the changes it introduced to fight abusive accounts, pulling @names from a Tweet’s character count, and building out an API were all reported as contributing factors for monthly active user growth. A key area that may have contributed to the 9 million new users seen in Q1 was the vocal political leaders on the platform like President Donald Trump.

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08:02
Uber highlights your rating to make you a better...

It's no secret that Uber assigns star ratings to passengers as well as drivers, but finding your passenger rating has practically required a small mining expedition. After today, though, you'll hardly have to lift a finger to understand your reputati...

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07:54
Apple Pay with Touch ID is in the crosshairs of a...

As my vacationing blog partner Dennis Sellers would say, "another day, another lawsuit." Today's lawsuit against Apple is from the trollishly named Pen-One Acquisition Group, which says that Apple infringed its patent titled "Pen-based transponder identity verification system." The patent describes a point of sale system using a stylus or fingerprint signature, and Pen-One Acquisition Group says that any Apple device using Touch ID to make a purchase infringes on its patent.

The complaint covers the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone SE, iPad, iPad mini and iPad Pro, all of which have Touch ID authentication and can be used to make purchases with Apple Pay. 

The abstract for the patent in question says "This pen-based, identity verification uses biometric technology. For use...

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07:44
Google Maps adds parking reminders on Apple's...




Taking a cue from Apple Maps, Google has updated its own Maps app for the iPhone with support for parking reminders, including both manual and automatic options.

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07:43
Uber wants to encourage ‘better rider behavior’ by...

You’ve always been able to rate your driver in Uber and see their star average before using the ride-sharing service, but Uber hasn’t easily exposed your star average intentionally before. Now Uber says it is rolling out an update to make your passenger rating visible in its app to encourage better rider behavior.

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07:42
ESPN fires 100 on-air personalities, will focus on...

ESPN has announced some upcoming changes for the network today, including informing employees that 100 on-air talent positions will be cut as the company refocuses its content strategy. It also announced new features coming for the ESPN apps today, which is available to iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV users as well as on other platforms.

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07:42
VR's latest victim: 'live' standup...

Comedy Living Room started in 2012 as a way for emerging stand-ups to try out gags in the safety of a friend's living room. Now, the event is embracing virtual reality, enabling everyone to watch a low-fi comedy gig in someone else's living room whil...

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07:30
The web’s best hidden gems

Lots and lots of great links to explore.

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07:23
Apple's HomeKit accessory list updated with new...




Apple has updated its curated page of HomeKit-compatible devices, notably adding the as-yet unreleased Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat, and removing a Bluetooth extender and a Lightwave to HomeKit bridge.

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07:17
Confused Powermat CEO Says Apple Announced iPhone 8...

If you want to hype your company’s new Chairman of the Board, announcing the next iPhone will have wireless charging support probably isn’t the best strategy. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what Powermat CEO Elad Dubzinski did.


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07:06
Dual cameras could be just the start, suggests CNET...

The move by Apple and other smartphone manufacturers to dual cameras could be just the start, suggests a CNET piece. It argues that future smartphones could have three, four, five or more cameras …

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07:00
A Fitbit helped police arrest a man for his wife’s...

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A Connecticut man was charged with murdering his wife after police analyzed the woman’s Fitbit and found the device recorded her movements after the time the man told investigators she was fatally shot by a home intruder.

Imagine the shock on this guy’s face when they laid this out for him. Like an episode of Elementary.

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07:00
Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble brings the animated show...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

I love Yo-Kai Watch, so naturally I had to download Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble, a casual match-3 style game with bright, adorable graphics, an energetic soundtrack, and plenty of levels to keep you occupied.

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06:51
How to save your parking spot in Google Maps

Update, 4/26/17: The article has been updated with additional information now that the parking feature is out of beta testing.

Google Maps is finally starting to understand the headache that is parking. Earlier this year it added a parking availability feature that let you know how hard it would be to find a spot at your destination, but the latest addition to Maps is one we’ve been waiting years to get.

Google has long offered a parking reminder card in Google Now, but it’s always been kind of flaky (and never really belonged there). With the latest version of Maps on iOS and Android, Google is giving it a new home, right inside the Maps app. And it's a snap to use. When you tap the blue location dot on the map on...

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06:48
Apple releases Live Photos API, add Live Photos to...

The details and live examples are here. To bring the sample pictures to life, hover over the “Live” box in the upper-right corner.

The key is a chunk of JavaScript wrapped up in a library called LivePhotosKit. Read more about LivePhotosKit here.

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06:41
News: Apple executive talks using AI to boost human...

Apple executive and AI expert Tom Gruber told the crowd at the TED conference that he sees artificial intelligence providing a boost to human memory in the future, Axios reports. He was hesitant to make predictions about the specific technology that would be involved, but Gruber said in the near future computer intelligence could help people clearly remember everything from people they met only once to food they ate years ago. While privacy would…

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06:35
CNBC: Fluent survey shows “Customer excitement for...

CNBC:

According to a new survey, individuals who did not already own Apple’s smartwatch were unenthusiastic about buying one anytime soon, while just 8 percent of those surveyed said they planned to make the purchase.

A total of 1,339 consumers were polled by consumer marketing firm Fluent for the survey.

“Customer excitement for the Apple Watch has plateaued since hitting the market in 2015. Only current owners think it’s a great product, but nearly half of them don’t plan on upgrading,” a Fluent spokeswoman said in an email.

I think it’s hard to draw these sorts of conclusions about a market that is so young and still growing, still finding its way. Add to that that the Apple Watch is a secondary device, designed to augment the iPhone, at least for most people. Apple Watch sales are gravy for Apple, enhancing iPhone sales numbers, helping add value to the ecosystem.

As to upgrading, I’d say give that time, time for the Apple Watch and watchOS to...

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06:23
Instagram touts 700 million users, 100 million added...

Instagram has become quite competitive lately with new features that take on Snapchat directly, and now the social network has shared that it has 700 million users which is a new milestone. Instagram made the announcement in a blog post this morning:

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06:22
$24K worth of products stolen in 2nd recent robbery...




Robbers reportedly struck an Apple outlet in Corte Madera, Calif. this week, stealing some $24,000 worth of goods just months after a previous raid on the store.

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06:17
Comment: Today at Apple will convert a fairly well-...

When Angela Ahrendts spoke to CBS about a new Apple Store initiative called Today at Apple, I was initially a little confused. What she described as something new at first sounded pretty much identical to something that has existed for many years: free workshops at Apple Stores.

Rebranding and promoting the workshop would make sense, of course. Many Apple customers seem entirely unaware that the workshops exist, while others know about the basic ones but not the more advanced sessions.

This was made clear to me when I mentioned on Facebook that I was attending a Final Cut Pro workshop at Apple’s Regent Street store in London, and several friends told me they had no idea these existed. Even among 9to5Mac readers, there were similar comments when I mentioned them in my...

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06:10
∞ Video shows expressions on one person transferred...

[VIDEO] Watch the video in the main Loop post and notice that the person on the left is not moving, is relatively expressionless. The person on the right is moving their face.

Now switch your gaze to the two screens in the video. Note that the video of the person on the left has the expressions of the person on the right.

Like the post from Monday where an AI was used to speak using someone else’s voice, this has potential badness and chicanery written all over it.

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06:02
Apple’s newest Middle East Apple Store, Apple Dubai...

Check out the images in the press release. I love the animated GIF toward the bottom of the release that shows the “solar wings” opening and closing. Apple Stores sometimes seem, to me, like sculptures.

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06:00
BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage...

We have a deal on the BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter. It’s a power strip that comes with adapters for EU, UK, US, and AU outlets, and it has USB ports, too. Amazon has it for $42.99, but our deal is even better: $34.99.


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06:00
News: Daily Deal: BESTEK Portable International...

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering the BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter for only $34.99 — that’s 41% off the regular price. This four-adapter voltage converter lets you continue using your personal devices in just about any country you find yourself. The single device provides a collection of three standard North American AC outlets and four USB ports — including two supporting 2.4A charging — so you can…

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05:53
China hits 836M 4G users as Apple faces app battles...

The world’s largest LTE network keeps growing. The Chinese government announced today that the country now has 836M 4G users.

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05:39
AirPort Utility: Adjusting Basestation Preferences (...

Melissa Holt’s Quick Tip for today is all about some changes you could make to the way AirPort Utility works for any networks you manage. If you don’t want your users installing new firmware at random, then this article’ll show you one way you could avoid that!


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05:26
Apple announces it has two million Final Cut Pro X...

Apple has announced that it now has two million Final Cut Pro X users – or ‘seats,’ in the terminology used when speaking to an audience at the National Association of Broadcasters’ annual conference.

Apple said that it hit the milestone some five and a half years after launching version 10 of the professional video editing app. Notably, it said that the pace of adoption was increasing. While the company didn’t provide specific dates, it said that it had taken much less time to grow from 1M to 2M users than it had taken to hit that first million.

The milestone is significant given initial reactions to the app …

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05:15
Notebooks and tablets may be banned from cabin...

The U.S. ban on notebooks and tablets in the cabin of certain inbound international flights may be extended to European countries, including the UK. Any electronic device larger than a phone would have to be placed in hold baggage.

The ban, which currently extends to flights from 10 airports, mostly from the Middle East and North Africa, was introduced last month with the Department of Homeland Security stating that it was in response to intelligence suggesting that terrorists planned to smuggle explosives inside certain consumer electronics.

A new report from The Guardian has stated that the Trump administration is “considering” extending the ban to inbound flights from Europe.

The Department of Homeland Security offered the following comment:

“We’ve said we will continue to evaluate the threat environment and make determinations based on that assessment, but we have not made any decisions on expanding the current restrictions against large electronic...

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05:00
Apple to launch “Today at Apple” workshops beginning...

Apple is looking to make its retail locations the places to be for educational events.

The company has announced that it plans to launch a new series of education sessions at its stores dubbed “Today at Apple,” retail head Angela Ahrendts revealed on Tuesday.

The program will roll out across all of Apple’s retail locations as part of an effort to manufacture “town squares” wherein customers engage with their communities and their devices. Visitors should be able to attend classes, complete with Apple’s new “creative pro” staffers skilled in fields like music and photography.

The company has long held workshops and other events at its stores, and it’s not yet clear how Today at Apple will distinguish itself.

Under Ahrendts’ guidance, Apple has worked to retool its retail design and operations. As such, many locations have added trees, wooden shelves, oversized video screens, new conference rooms and new work roles for staff. More controversially...

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05:00
iOS 10 & Objective-C Complete Developer Course,...

One of the most comprehensive developer courses we've had in the store has just arrived in the Apple World Today Deals Shop. Aaron Caines of Geeky Lemon Development has been an iOS developer for seven years, and during that time he's also been an online instructor. You can benefit from Aaron's experience creating apps with the iOS 10 & Objective-C Complete Developer Course, on sale for $88.

In this online training, you'...

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