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Friday May 26

22:14
Review - Koogeek Smart Socket not ideal way to enter...




More and more HomeKit peripherals ship each day with lighting ones being the most common -- where does the Koogeek Smart Socket land on the spectrum?

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22:12
This week on AI: Apple's 'Neural Engine,...




Rumors about the "iPhone 8," new AI technology, and new iPad Pros continued to grow, but there was also news of important corporate maneuvers -- including two new executive positions at Apple, and a long-awaited settlement in the company's legal battle with Nokia.

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21:25
Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts on hand for...




As scheduled, Apple officially opened the doors to its first retail outlet in Singapore on Saturday local time, and SVP of Retail Angela Ahrendts was there to take in the festivities.

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20:59
Hisense 4K TVs look for a place to fit on crowded...

At CES we were quite impressed by the Hisense lineup of smart TVs, and now the company says its 2017 models are arriving at retail. The H6D, H7D, H9D and H9D Plus series cover a range of price points and sizes, with 4K models ranging from the 43-inch...

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19:36
BMW's latest motorcycle concept links...

No doubt, BMW has come up with some cool conceptual vehicles lately, with a color-changing Mini and a futuristic, self-driving Next 100 auto. Its Motorrad Vision Next 100 motorcycle, revealed last October, is maybe the coolest yet with a gyroscopic s...

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18:48
Now you can design Google Photo Books on iOS or...

Among the many things Google announced at I/O 2017 last week, one of them was the ability for people to create and order physical albums with Google Photos. The only problem with that, however, is you could only use it through a desktop browser. Than...

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18:12
Apple 'Neural Engine' chip could power AI...

Apple's focused on increasing the speed of every new mobile processor generation, most recently pairing its quad core A10 Fusion chips with its iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models last September. But to keep its devices competitive, Apple is building a second...

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16:40
Watch us play the Nintendo Switch 'Arms'...

When Nintendo announced Splatoon for the Wii U, gamers weren't quite sure what to make of it. The idea of a competitive shooter from Nintendo was so bizarre, it was kind of hard to assess from a distance -- so the company invited players to try the g...

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16:20
Apple Is Working On a Dedicated Chip To Power AI On...

According to Bloomberg, Apple is working on a processor devoted specifically to AI-related tasks. "The chip, known internally as the Apple Neural Engine, would improve the way the company's devices handle tasks that would otherwise require human intelligence -- such as facial recognition and speech recognition," reports Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the matter. From the report: Engineers at Apple are racing to catch their peers at Amazon.com Inc. and Alphabet Inc. in the booming field of artificial intelligence. While Siri gave Apple an early advantage in voice-recognition, competitors have since been more aggressive in deploying AI across their product lines, including Amazon's Echo and Google's Home digital assistants. An AI-enabled processor would help Cupertino, California-based Apple integrate more advanced capabilities into devices, particularly cars that drive themselves and gadgets that run augmented reality, the technology that superimposes graphics and other...

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16:17
Google's ‘Personal’ tab filters out everything...

As people accumulate massive data troves on Gmail, Google Photos and other Google apps, the search giant wants to help people find what they're looking for among their own personal content. While Google's core search product already shows some person...

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16:02
Patent troll Uniloc sues Apple over AirPlay,...




In a trio of lawsuits filed in a Texas court on Friday, non-practicing entity Uniloc claims Apple infringes on three patents with technology relating to AirPlay, autodialing phone numbers from Contacts and operating portable device batteries.

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15:39
Apple Could Own Device-Centric AI with Custom Chip

Such a chip could give Apple a significant leg up deploying artificial intelligence, and if it succeeds, few of its competitors could respond.


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15:31
Lyft drivers can start planning pickups days in...

Just as it does for riders, Lyft continues to improve the experience for its drivers. The latest effort is a feature that lets contractors deal with scheduled pickups up to seven days in advance, instead of only being aware of a passenger's planned d...

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15:21
Macs top Consumer Reports' reliability surveys

In the latest Consumer Reports survey of 83,000 readers, Apple was dubbed the most reliable company when it comes to laptops and desktops, according to ZDNet.

Among the top laptop brands, Apple's "broken or not working as well" percentage is 17. Other brand percentages: Samsung 27; Dell 29; HP 30; Lenovo 31; and Asus 33.

Among desktops Apple's trouble rate is 15%. Other brands: Lenovo 24; Samsung 25; Dell 27; HP 27; and Asus 29.

The differences are even more interesting when it comes to tech support. Approximately 9,756 Consumer Reports subscribers also weighed in on their 2016 Technical Support Survey, covering support experiences with 14,889 desktop, laptop, 2-in-1 computers, and Chromebooks. 

The reader score for Apple was 82, Microsoft earned a 68, and Dell at 56. A...

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15:13
Apple’s AI chip may be dubbed the Apple Neural Engine

Apple is developing a chip made solely for artificial intelligence (AI), according to Bloomberg, quoting an unnamed “person familiar with the matter.”

The chip, dubbed internally as the Apple Neural Engine, could help Apple better integrate its AI across numerous products akin to advances by Amazon and Google. For instance, it would allow AI tasks to head to a dedicated processing spot instead of splitting work between the main processor and graphics chip. The company’s devices already sport AI technology of a sort -- such as the Siri pesronal assistant — but a dedicated chip would improve user experience.

A dedicated AI chip would also save battery life and integrate more advanced capabilities into devices, particularly cars that drive themselves and gadgets that run AR, according to Bloomberg.

The Apple AI chip is...

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14:53
NASA’s Juno mission discovers Jupiter is really weird

NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter has sent back a ton of data about our solar system's largest planet. The results from the orbiter's first big data-collection pass, which took place last August, are finally in and it's clear that Juno's five-year journ...

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14:45
Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music...

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. This week is headlined by a massive list of classic synths turned virtual courtesy of IK Multimedia, Roland’s Future Redefined event packed with new product announcements and so much more… more…

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14:38
AWT News Update: May 26, 2017

Apple Neural Engine

Coming soon to an AI near you...

As we go into the Memorial Day weekend, enjoy these stories from around the world of Apple:

  • Apple's developing a dedicated AI processor called the "Apple Neural Engine"
  • Apple News gets an editor in chief, but can it get away from its liberal bias?
  • An investigation into EgyptAir Flight 804's 2016 crash suggests that an iPhone 6s and iPhone mini 4 may have been plugged in incorrectly and caused a cockpit fire
  • Tim Cook tweets out the latest New Yorker cover... that was drawn on an iPad

NOTE: The AWT News Update will not be published on Monday, May 29 due to the U.S. Memorial Day observance.

Many thanks this week to our sponsor, MNML, an easy-to-use and distraction-free Mac app for Medium.com. 

The text version...

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14:30
What to expect at Computex 2017

We're pretty much halfway through the year, which means it's Computex time. As usual, you'll find a handful of us running around the Taipei show floors next week, where we'll be getting our hands dirty with the latest PC products and components. Last...

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14:13
Chipotle finds malware exposed credit card info...

Hackers stole credit card information from customers at Chipotle restaurants across the United States between March 24th and April 18th, the company announced today. Chipotle revealed in April that it had been the victim of an attack, and today it sh...

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14:03
Here’s What Kik Users Need to Know About Kin...

You’ll be able to earn and spend Kin within the Kik app, which will have an integrated wallet.


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13:52
Tidal burns through its third CEO in two years

Yet another Tidal CEO is out. Jeff Toig, who took over the position from interim CEO Peter Tonstad in 2016, has reportedly left the company. Which means Tidal is now looking for its fourth chief executive in two years.

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13:48
Sid Meier’s Railroads for Mac Hits Steam Platform

Feral Interactive announced this week that Sid Meier’s Railroads for Mac (originally Railroad Tycoon back in the day) is now available on Steam. This isn’t a new game—and it’s been available on the Mac App Store for years—but I love Railroads. Plus, a lot of Mac gamers are Steam users, so I’m mentioning it. Railroads was also updated on the Mac App Store. In addition to some unspecified bug fixes, the update removes support for Apple’s Game Center and Game Ranger. I’d love to see a new version of Railroads come out, but seeing Feral’s Steam announcement immediately got me playing the game again. It appeals to many of my inner nerds. It’s $17.99 on the MAS, but only $9.99 on Steam.

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13:39
Apple developing dedicated AI chip called Apple...




Apple is reportedly developing a dedicated chip for integration with devices like iPhone that can handle artificial intelligence tasks, such as facial and speech recognition, according to a report on Friday.

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13:31
MIT 3D-printed the shape-shifting future of pasta

A new research project from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Tangible Media Group combines 3D printing, molecular gastronomy and macaroni. According to MIT News, researchers Wen Wang and Lining Yao have engineered flat sheets of gelatin an...

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13:24
News: Apple developing dedicated AI chip

Apple is working on building artificial intelligence technology directly into its hardware, a new report by Bloomberg reveals. According to a “person familiar with the matter,” Apple is developing a new processor, dubbed the “Apple Neural Engine,” that will be dedicated to AI-related tasks. The goal is to improve how AI tasks such as facial recognition and speech recognition are handled by incorporating it into a specialized…

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13:19
The Touchbar MacBook Pro is a Disposable...

Why? Because the SSD is a soldered-in and non-upgradable boat anchor.


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13:08
Theresa May wants to force tech giants to curb...

British Prime Minister Theresa May called on global leaders at the G7 conference in Sicily to force internet and social media companies stop the spread of terrorist content available online. "Make no mistake: the fight is moving from the battlefield...

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13:03
Report: Apple working on dedicated ‘Apple Neural...

Ahead of next-generation iPhones expected to include augmented reality features and updates for Siri, Bloomberg is out with a new report today detailing Apple’s work on a dedicated processor that it says will be devoted entirely to artificial intelligence tech.

Dubbed “Apple Neural Engine” internally, the report says the chip will allow for much improved facial and speech recognition applications as well as improved battery life:

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13:01
Don't scream: The new 'Friday the 13th...

After a slight delay, the first official Friday the 13th game since 1989 is available today on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. If you want to jump right into the action at Camp Crystal Lake, though, you might have to wait for Friday the 13th: The Gam...

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13:00
External Link: Walt Mossberg Signs Off

Veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg has penned what he calls “the last weekly column I plan to write anywhere” for Recode. To wrap up his career, he looks back to his first Wall Street Journal column from 1991, which started with “Personal computers are just too hard to use, and it isn’t your fault.” 25 years later, he has updated that to: “Personal technology is usually pretty easy to use, and, if it’s not, it’s not your fault.” Mossberg laments the current lull in tech, but he’s optimistic that it’s merely a pause before reaching greater heights, to the point where computers will fade into the background of our lives.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email...

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12:50
The 5 Best PC Motherboards for Creating a Hackintosh

These substitutes for the Mac’s logic board will help you get your Hackintosh started.


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12:42
Leaked Memo Pegs iPhone 8 Launch After September 17

The memo hints at a mid-September iPhone 8 launch, but the actual blackout dates are puzzling.


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12:40
Sergey Brin’s secret airship will deliver aid and...

Last month, news dropped that Google co-founder Sergey Brin is building an airship on the sly -- not a traditional airplane but an honest-to-god helium-filled dirigible. While he insisted the project wasn't operating under the tech titan, which had p...

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12:18
The Facebook president and Zuck's racist...

If a political campaign is an engine then propaganda is its oil, and its gas is the medium of communication with voters.

The hacking of the DNC and tonnes of raw crude in propaganda mined out through WikiLeaks, Breitbart and Daily Stormer was black...

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12:11
Securely record and view 'home videos'...




If you're looking for an ephemeral video sharing app, limiting the recipients to two people who must both consent to viewing the recorded video, iOS-exclusive app Rumuki fits the bill.

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12:03
Qualcomm pays BlackBerry $940 million in royalty spat

Qualcomm hasn't been very successful with its licensing practices. It's gotten into trouble in South Korea for charging phone makers over an "unnecessarily broad set of patents" It has also been dealing with lawsuits from the FTC and Apple for simila...

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11:52
Apple News is getting an editor in chief

This broadening and focusing the scope of Apple News will be interesting to watch.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:49
∞ Apple video: Earth Day 2017

Much respect for your environmental efforts, Apple.

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11:30
Forget flying cars and get ready for air taxis

Flying cars are dumb.

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11:25
Friday 5: Screens 4 brings new features to the Mac [...

Although there are many solutions available to remotely connect to a Mac, Screens has long been my go to app for doing so. Edovia’s long-running app, available on both Mac and iOS, makes it extremely simple to connect back to your Mac, and forgoes the subscription business model for a one time payment model.

Screens 4, which just released for the Mac earlier this week, brings a bevy of new features to the table in an effort to make the app even easier to use. In this week’s Friday 5, we highlight a few of the new features that we especially appreciate. more…

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11:15
Apple Music Is Turning Apple into a Media Giant

No longer just the firm that makes the best looking hardware, Apple is competing with the world’s media giants.


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11:08
Uber is free to operate in Italy on a long-term basis

If you're in Italy, you can use Uber. A court in Rome today annulled a temporary ban placed on Uber in early April that prevented the company from advertising and operating throughout the country. This didn't completely stop Uber from infiltrating It...

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11:01
Apple may aid investigation into deadly 2016...




Apple on Friday said that it's open to cooperation with French authorities, who are exploring the possibility that two of the company's devices were linked to the crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 in 2016.

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10:37
9to5Rewards: Sphero’s Star Wars BB-8 iPhone-...

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is Wellbots, a US-based online retailer that specializes in smart products like drones, robots, wearables, home automation devices, connected toys and more.

The company has the iPhone-controlled Sphero BB-8 Star Wars Droid to give away to 9to5Mac readers this week. 

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10:37
Apple Watch Tops Heart Rate Monitor Study, Adam...

Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple Watch ranking as the most accurate wrist heart rate monitor, plus Dave fills us in on Adam Curry’s all-in-one device for recording podcasts.


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10:18
The New Yorker cover made on iPad with Apple Pencil

It always amazes me when I see artists using the iPad and Apple Pencil to make illustrations like this. There is a video on the page showing how the cover was made.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:13
Amazon is offering two free months of Music...

All the various music streaming services desperately try to differentiate themselves with personalization features and the occasional exclusive. If you ask me, however, they're all pretty much the same with similar catalogs. For those who disagree, right now is a great time to see how the other half lives. Amazon is currently offering two free months of Amazon Music Unlimited for new users.

To get this deal, you have to sign-up using Amazon's promotional web page. Once you arrive on the page, click Enter Your Code. In the pop-up window that appears, enter the code MOREMUSIC, then click Apply.

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10:10
Letter Opener: Open Winmail.dat, MSG and XPS files

Thanks to Letter Opener for sponsoring The Loop this week.

Letter Opener for macOS

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

Letter Opener for macOS Mail

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

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

Use coupon code ROCKET88...

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch Series 2 $70 off,...

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

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09:03
iPad Pro, Apple Pencil help capture a slice of...




Artist Jorge Colombo turned to Apple's iPad to sketch the latest cover of "The New Yorker" magazine, allowing the creation of the digital drawing to be relived through a short video clip.

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08:51
Tips for working out with Apple Watch

Apple Watch is an excellent fitness tracker and has proved to be an effective workout coach for me personally. If you want to get outside more over the three-day weekend or just use your Apple Watch in new ways for the first time, read along for a few of my favorite tips for working out with Apple Watch.

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08:21
Adam Curry’s Podcaster Pro Aims to be All-in-One...

With features like noise gates, compressors, dual mic inputs, and multiple virtual USB audio devices, the Podcaster Pro aims to solve all the common (and some uncommon!) needs that podcasters have both in their main studios as well as on-the-road.


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08:17
iPhone 8 Cases Already for Sale on Alibaba

Macotakara found what claims to be an iPhone 8 case on the shopping site Alibaba, so they ordered one to see how it compares to size-wise to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The case matches the rumors and leaks we’ve already seen because it’s slightly too big for the iPhone 7 and just a little too small for the 7 Plus. Odds are the case was designed based on leaks and not Apple’s actual design specifications, so it may not fit an actual iPhone 8. That said, the video they made makes it easy to visualize about how big the phone will be.


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08:07
Notoriously bearish Apple analyst predicts doom...




An analyst with historically off-target guesses about Apple's hardware intentions and supply chain machinations is claiming that the "iPhone 8" will not only ship later than expected because of Touch ID supply problems, but also claims that full manufacturing won't fully ramp up until the first calendar quarter of 2018.

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08:00
Daily Deal: Drive Genius 5 Standard License for $39

Mac experts all agree -- if you want to keep an eye on your Mac's performance, there's probably no single app that can do the job better than Drive Genius 5. We want you to get the benefit of this powerful utility app without paying full price, so our deal on this lovely spring Friday will get you a standard license for Drive Genius 5 for just  $39 - 60% off of the regular $99 price tag. 

Drive Genius 5 consists of 19 powerful utilities that work behind the scenes to keep your Mac running at top performance. What can it do for you?

  • Scan your system automatically & identify malware while in idle mode using the brand new Drive Pulse feature
  • Create a bootable secondary drive to easily repair your main hard drive w/ the...
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07:55
Apple designer Marc Newson sells $12K hourglass as...




One of the designers behind the Apple Watch, Marc Newson, has crafted a special-edition hourglass priced at a whopping $12,000. Swiss luxury watchmaker H. Moser & Cie., meanwhile, has launched a new mechanical piece designed to resemble the Apple Watch itself.

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07:41
857 missing/abducted children rescued as a result of...

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children says that a total of 857 children who were reported missing or abducted have been successfully rescued as a direct result of the AMBER alert program.

AMBER alerts are designed to get descriptions and vehicle details to everyone in the area as quickly as possible. They include television and radio appeals, but are notable for the text notifications sent to every mobile phone within range, known as Wireless Emergency Alerts …

more…

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07:40
Opera Abandons iOS Platform

Reader BrianFagioli writes: After searching for Opera in the Apple App Store, I noticed something odd -- none of the company's iOS browsers (Opera Mini and Opera Coast) had been updated in 2017. Since we are almost halfway through the year, I decided to ask Opera what was up. Shockingly, the company told me that it no longer has a team working on iOS. An Opera employee by the name of 'Rosi' sent me a tweet this morning, making the revelation. While the desktop version of the browser is still in development, the company has chosen to abandon its efforts on iOS. To show just how bad it is, the Opera Mini browser hasn't been updated in almost a year. Opera Coast was updated in December of 2016, however -- almost six months ago.


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07:30
News: Report: Sources suggest Apple has succeeded in...

Apple has succeeded at integrating Touch ID technology into the display of the next-generation iPhone, according to a new report unearthed by MacRumors. The original report comes from Chinese-language site Economic Daily News, which claims to have received the information from sources at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), one of Apple’s key suppliers. TSMC sources apparently confirmed Apple’s achievement during a technology…

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07:11
Watch artist create this week’s New Yorker cover on...

The cover illustration for this week’s issue of New Yorker was created by an artist using an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, and as the magazine did back in January, it’s shared a time-lapse video showing how the drawing was created …

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07:09
New Report Backs Up Touch ID Embedded in iPhone 8...

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company apparently spilled the beans on Apple’s iPhone 8 design with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor embedded in the display.


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06:30
‘iPhone 8’ may ship after Sept. 17

The “iPhone 8” — pictured in fanciful mock-ups — could ship after Sept. 17, according to a memo sent to AppleCare workers, as noted by AppleInsider.

"As you know, there are new product announcements and launches in September," part of the memo shared by leaker Benjamin Geskin reads. "Keep in mind that these dates are subject to change as our support volume expectations fluctuate,”

To deal with an expected jump in call volume, the company is imposing a "black out" on time off for AppleCare staff between Sept. 17 and Nov. 4. 

The Sellers Research Firm (that’s me) says the next generation of Apple’s smartphone will be introduced in September with some units not shipping until October. As always, expect more demand than available product.

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06:21
Apple urges court to stick to its guns in ruling...

Apple on Wednesday urged the Federal Circuit to keep its decision freeing the tech giant from a $533 million infringement verdict by invalidating Smartflash’s data storage patents, saying the patent holder hadn’t raised anything new in its rehearing bid, reports the Law 360 website.

In March a federal appeals court tossed a jury verdict that had required Apple to pay $533 million to Smartflash, a patent holding company (which some might calla a “patent troll”), which claims that claimed the Cupertino, California-based company’s iTunes software infringed its data storage patents.

The trial judge vacated the large damages award a few months after a Texas federal jury imposed it in February 2015; however, the U.S. Court of...

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06:10
Apple updates iMovie, Final Cut Pro

Apple has updated iMovie and Final Cut Pro, the (respectively) consumer and pro versions of its video editing software. Both upgrades are available via the Mac App Store.

iMovie 10.1.4 improves stability when updating libraries created with earlier versions of the software. It also addresses an issue that would lower the volume of clips after transitions. For new users iMovie costs $14.99.

Final Cut Pro 10.3.4 resolves a stability issue when using keyboard shortcuts to trim in Secondary Storylines. It also fixes an issue in which certain editing operations could create an extra audio fade in and fixes an issue in which the Share dialog could incorrectly display a codec warning. For new users the software costs $299.

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06:05
Apple staff blackout dates hint at 'iPhone 8...




Apple's anticipated launch of new iPhones -- including the "iPhone 8" -- should take place sometime after Sept. 17, a memo sent to AppleCare workers suggests.

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06:04
Poll: Will you buy the iPhone 8 with or without...

The latest in a long line of will-they/won’t-they reports on Touch ID embedded into the display of the iPhone 8 says yes – but there have been so many conflicting reports, it remains an unknown for now.

Conflicting reports have suggested that Touch ID could be moved to the back of the iPhone or even dropped altogether in favor of face-recognition.

Some have suggested...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: iKlips miReader 4K

For Friday’s iLounge Deal, you can get the iKlips miReader 4K for only $46.99 — that’s 20% off the regular price. This 4K card reader and storage device changes the meaning of “external drive” featuring a Lightning connector, a micro USB port, and a micro SD slot so you can quickly and easily share files between all of your devices, and it’s fast enough to let you record, view, and edit 4K videos, raw DSLR shots, and…

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05:47
AppleInsider podcast talks 'iPhone 8'...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk 'iPhone 8' rumors, Intel making Thunderbolt 3 royalty free, some HomeKit devices supposedly on the horizon, and more.

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05:31
TSMC source alleges 'iPhone 8' Touch ID...




Potentially confirming rumored details about the "iPhone 8," a report claims that a TSMC representative spoke out about specific details about the new device at the NA Technology Symposium on Thursday.

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05:15
Continuation patent points to Apple’s renewed...

It looks like Apple is continuing its development work regarding a virtual keyboard technology.

The company, which has filed for patents for virtual keyboards on MacBook notebooks as far back as 2009, has recently had a continuation patent application published today shows that the company is still exploring the idea.

The virtual keyboard made headlines when it launched on the iPhone in 2007 and became a notable feature in the late-2016 MacBook Pro via the Touch Bar.

The Patently Apple article noted the following regarding the patent, which might be pointing to more of an iPad-style unit:

The secret to this invention is that it also oddly covers tablets […] Technically it could be some kind of hybrid device […] This past February, an Apple patent application covered an iPad Pro smart cover that supported a new virtual keyboard. So it’s evident that Apple is coming at this project from many angles.

As always, stay tuned for additional details as...

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05:00
Apple posts directions for watching the WWDC 2017...

Apple won’t be televising its WWDC, albeit you can live-stream it to your heart’s content.

The company has confirmed that users will be able to live-stream the keynote for the Worldwide Developers Conference. Apple’s first event of the year is scheduled to kick off with a keynote on Monday, June 5 at 10 a.m. PT.

The Worldwide Developers Conference will take place from June 5th to the 9th at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. Apple will also be uploading videos of several conference sessions so you can watch them online.

Users can go to https://www.apple.com/apple-events/june-2017/, wherein they can also download a calendar invite to remind them to tune in.

Watching the stream on a Mac requires OS X 10.8.5 or later and Safari 6.0.5 or later. Windows PC users can watch the livestream the fun via Microsoft Edge on Windows 10. To watch the stream on an iOS...

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05:00
New patent filing hints at an Apple home server/NAS...

Occasionally an Apple patent filing pops up at that hints at an Apple NAS device/home server, something I’ve long wanted. Another one (number 20170149923) has appeared, this one for “remote access of media items.”

Methods and systems that facilitate the downloading of media items to a first network device from a second network device are disclosed. Metadata associated with the items is obtained from the second network device and stored on the first network device. The items are stored on the first network device. 

In the patent filing, Apple notes that many users purchase media items such as songs or movies online and store them on a network device such as a Mac. However, users often own and use multiple devices. For instance, many users own portable electronic devices such as iPhones, iPod touches and iPads that they use to play media items.

Apple says that, unfortunately, downloading media items from a host computer to a media player can be a time-consuming...

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04:30
How to automatically select the best email account...

Did you know that you can have Mail in macOS Sierra automatically selects the best email account for a new message based on who the email is addressed to and what mailbox you selected when our began composing your new email. Well, you can. Here's how:

With Mail up and running, click Mail, then Preferences from the top menus.

Click on the Composing tab.

There’ll be a drop-down next to “Send new messages from.” Choose that to view your options.

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

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04:17
Yale/UC study finds extensive Facebook usage...

A large-scale study jointly carried out by academics from Yale University and the University of California has concluded that greater than average use of Facebook decreases both mental health and happiness …

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04:00
Charcoal for macOS makes it fun to turn photos into...

By Aaron Lee

AKVIS Charcoal 1.0 is a fun standalone application and Photoshop plug-in for macOS that lets you create charcoal, chalk, and sanguine drawings from photos.

The program contains 34 ready-to-use presets. You can create your own presets saving your favorite combinations of the parameters. Using the program you can make professional-looking, expressive black and white images. You can also achieve artistic effects, such as sanguine and others, by playing with colors and options of the software.

AKVIS Charcoal lets you observe the conversion of your photo into a charcoal and chalk drawing in real time. It makes snapshots during processing and lets you choose between them. You can create variations of drawings without adjusting the settings. What's more, to make a drawing more authentic it's possible to apply a variety of canvas textures.

Version 2 introduced a...

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03:51
iPhone credited with saving the life of woman badly...

An iPhone has been credited with saving the life of a woman badly injured in the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, UK. The phone was said to have ‘diverted and slowed’ a nut that went through the woman’s cheek.

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for May 26, 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

Tag of Joy has announced that Monster Buster: World Invasion, a free, monster collecting and fighting augmented reality game, is now available on the App Store. Armed with a location based scan and a smartphone camera, players set out to explore the real world surroundings and capture mischievous creatures roaming the neighborhood before the monster invasion gets out of control.

Zombie Gunship Survival, the new installment in the Zombie Gunship franchise has been unleashed on the...

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02:47
Report: iPhone 8 to feature Touch ID directly on the...

A new report from Economic Daily News, via Digitimes, indicates that the iPhone 8 will use a new optical fingerprint sensor technology to enable users to place their fingers directly on the OLED display and have the phone scan the print, as an elegant replacement for the existing Touch ID home button.

The screen ratio will change from 16:9 on iPhone 7 to 18.5:9 (corroborating many other sources) and ‘invisible’ Infrared sensors will unlock enhanced camera and augmented reality features. Apparently, TSMC discussed these upcoming flagship iPhone features at a Taipei symposium.

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02:31
Apple Silently Updates AirPods Firmware to 3.7.2

Apple has again stealthily updated the AirPods firmware. Josh Centers reminds you how to go about updating the firmware in your AirPods.

 

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02:02
iMovie 10.1.6

Improves stability when updating libraries created with earlier versions of iMovie. (Free new, free update, 2.15 GB)

 

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22:47
iKlips miReader 4K: $46.99

We have a deal for you on the iKlips miReader 4K. This storage device has a Lightning connector for your iPhone and iPad, a micro USB, and a micro SD slot for sharing files between Mac and Window devices. Storage on the device is handled by a micro SD card.


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21:51
Second-gen Moto 360 smartwatches will get Android...

A bunch of smartwatches got Android Wear 2.0 when it finally came out in April, but sadly, Moto 360 wasn't one of them. The company promised a late-May availability, and it sounds like it's staying true to its word. Motorola Support's Twitter account...

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21:18
Apple's iPhone credited with saving life in...




An iPhone 6s is being credited with saving the life of a woman who was injured in Monday's terrorist attack in Manchester, England, after the device deflected and slowed down shrapnel from the bomb blast.

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20:52
Apple issues minor updates for Final Cut Pro and...




Apple on Thursday released a pair of updates for Final Cut Pro and iMovie, addressing a handful of problems and improving the overall stability and performance of both video editing apps.

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20:50
BBEdit 11.6.6

Brings a number of refinements and bug fixes to the venerable text editor. ($49.99 new, free update, 14.0 MB)

 

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20:21
Apple updates Final Cut Pro & iMovie for Mac w/...

Apple this evening has released minor updates to iMovie and Final Cut Pro for Mac. The updates bring the former to version 10.1.6 and the latter to version 10.3.4, including primarily bug fixes and performance improvements for both

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20:21
SmartCar connects Facebook's chatbot to your...

We've seen AI-powered chatbots for almost everything, and now a company called Smartcar has developed one specifically for Tesla electric vehicles. Owners can access any number of features via Tesla's mobile app, and by logging in via TeslaBot, they...

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20:20
Apple confirms June 5 WWDC Keynote will be live...
19:21
The educational games of your youth have their own...

The Minnesota Education Computing Corporation might not be the most recognizable game developer today, but if you went to elementary school in the US anytime in the eighties or nineties, then you've almost certainly played -- and probably learned som...

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18:22
Android exploit adds secret, thieving layers to your...

Researchers from UC Santa Barbara and Georgia Tech have discovered a fresh class of Android attacks, called Cloak and Dagger, that can operate secretly on a phone, allowing hackers to log keystrokes, install software and otherwise control a device wi...

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17:49
HoudahGeo 5.1.9

Updates the Dropbox API for publishing Google Earth KML files. ($39 new, free update, 22.7 MB)

 

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17:31
Keybase brings seamless encrypted chats to anyone on...

Keybase is on a mission to make end-to-end encryption as easy as possible, everywhere you go online. After launching frictionless encrypted file sharing last year, the open-source security company rolled out Keybase Chat, a desktop and mobile chat ap...

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17:05
Facebook's Instant Articles Platform To Support...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: One of the problems publishers face today in making their content more readable on mobile devices is that there are multiple, competing formats available for this purpose. Facebook has Instant Articles, Google is spearheading the AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) project, and the Apple News Format optimizes content for iOS devices. Facebook is today taking a crack at a solution to this problem by rolling out support for both AMP and soon Apple News as a part of its open source Instant Articles software development kit. The updated SDK will now include an extension that lets publishers build content that's publishable in all three formats, beginning with support for Google's AMP in addition to Facebook's own Instant Articles. In the weeks ahead it will also include support for publishing to Apple News, though the company didn't provide an exact launch date for when that feature would be added.

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17:03
Alleged 'iPhone 8' case compared to iPhone...




Offering a better perspective of the physical dimensions consumers can expect from Apple's forthcoming "iPhone 8," a report on Thursday compares an aftermarket case supposedly built for the device against current-generation iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models.

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16:52
Amazon opens its first drive-through grocery store

Need to pick up some supplies but can't be bothered to walk across a parking lot for them? Amazon's got you covered. In Seattle on Thursday, the company opened a grocery store that doesn't require you leave your vehicle, promising customers will only...

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16:07
Apple Watch tops Stanford study amid 'Series 3...




A new study from Stanford University found Apple Watch to carry the most accurate heart rate monitor out of seven popular fitness trackers. The results come amidst rumors of a "Series 3" device that could launch later this year.

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15:43
Popular iOS notes app Bear adds sketching (and...

Bear, a fast, lightweight and lovely note-taking app for iOS and the Mac, has been building a following over the past year or so. The app's excellent design, small but essential feature set and steady stream of updates have made it worth its subscrip...

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15:25
Microsoft's Mixer Could Shake Up the Streaming...


Microsoft on Thursday announced Mixer, a rebranded version of its game-streaming service previously known as "Beam." In addition to the name change, the service will include a number of new features designed to attract more gamers. The added features will unlock new possibilities for social streaming, while also helping viewers find specific content across the service, according to Microsoft. New co-streaming functionality will allow four PC streamers to combine their respective broadcasts into a single split-screen stream.

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15:11
Tesla’s Model 3 budget EV can do 0 to 60 in 5.6...

Some of the performance details of Tesla's Model 3, which is set to begin production in July, were leaked today by insiders at the Tesla Model 3 Owners Club. An infographic comparing the new, $35,000 model with the fancier and more powerful Model S r...

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