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Wednesday November 22

14:46
UK Treasury announces tax reform affecting Apple and...

As the United States details tax reform that could affect Apple’s overseas business, the UK is doing just the same. As reported by Business Insider, UK Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a series of changes in an effort to curtail the efforts of tech companies trying to minimize their tax bills…

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14:31
AWT News Update: November 22, 2017

Test flight of Frozen's Olaf balloon, via Macy's, Inc

A short podcast today, the day before a national holiday in the USA. We talk about where to watch huge balloons careening around the streets of Manhattan online, iPhones made in India, and a Jony Ive talk that you can't attend:

  • Want to watch a mammoth balloon of Olaf from Frozen online instead of standing in the streets of NYC? We tell you who will probably have the parade available on your Mac, iOS devices or Apple TV
  • A new iPhone SE could be out in the next three to four months, and this one will be manufactured in India
  • Jony Ive will be speaking at Washington, DC's Hirshorn Museum, but tickets to the talk will be harder to come by than an iPhone X

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

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14:22
Analyst: 2018 iPhones will feature updated antenna...

In a note to clients — as noted by MacRumors — KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says 2018 iPhones will feature upgraded liquid crystal polymer (LCP) antenna modules that will result in faster LTE transmission speeds. His note says:

Antenna design upgrade a key factor in anticipated boost to LTE transmission speed in new 2H18F iPhone models. As a LTE antenna FPCB material, LCP is superior to PI in properties related to high-frequency, thermal performance and moisture resistance. We predict 2H18 new iPhones will be equipped with two LCP LTE antenna modules same as iPhone X or more, but with higher specs to support 4x4 MIMO standards.

Previously Kuo has said Apple is expected to use Intel XMM 7560 and Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 modems in its next-generation iOS devices. This would enable faster LTE transmission speeds. Both of those chips support the...

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14:13
Apple posts research paper about self-driving cars

Apple has posted research on how self-driving cars can better spot objects while using fewer sensors. It appears to be the company's first publicly disclosed paper on autonomous vehicles.

The approach called "VoxelNet" is significant because Apple’s corporate secrecy around future products has been seen as a drawback among AI and machine learning researchers. Here’s the summary of Apple’s research paper:

Accurate detection of objects in 3D point clouds is a central problem in many applications, such as autonomous navigation, housekeeping robots, and augmented/virtual reality. To interface a highly sparse LiDAR point cloud with a region proposal network (RPN), most existing efforts have focused on hand-crafted feature representations, for example, a bird's eye view projection. In this work, we remove the need of manual...

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14:09
iPhone X ship times improve to 1-2 weeks just in...

As the busiest shopping time of the year quickly approaches, iPhone X shipping times in the United States and Canada have fallen to 1-2 weeks on the Apple Online Store. This comes following last week’s improvement to 2-3 weeks.

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14:06
Rumor: Apple to launch a second gen iPhone SE in the...

Apple will launch a cheaper smartphone — a second generation iPhone SE — in the first half of 2018, according to the Chinese publication, Economic Daily News, as noted by Seeking Alpha.

The updated smartphone will purportedly have a $450 price tag and be designed to better appeal to customers in emerging markets than models such as the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone SE. The SE 2 will have a four-inch screen (the iPhones 7 and 8 have a 4.7-inch display) and will likely pack a more powerful processor, according to Economic Daily News

In the U.S., Apple currently offers the iPhone SE with 32GB of storage for $399 and 128GB for $499. It packs an A9 processor, rear facing 12-megapixel camera and comes in color options of silver, gold, space gray, and rose gold. However, it doesn’t have a 3D...

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14:00
Early Black Friday deals from Macphun, Smile and Pad...

We've got a few really good Black Friday deals for you, and they're live today so you can get an early start on your holiday shopping. 

Luminar 2018 in action

Luminar 2018

The amazing Macphun photography app that makes turning mediocre photos into prize-winners has been updated, and we've got it on sale for you. Luminar 2018 is now on sale for just $69, and this price includes $130 worth of bonuses for free. 

The bonuses include the Urban preset collection by Contrastly, a Creative Look LUTs collection, The Ultra-Wide Landscape eBook by Ian Plant, and Aerial Photo & Video training by Matt Granger.  If you're already a Luminar user, be sure to click the link above to verify your license and get a deal on an upgrade for just $49. 

Aurora HDR 2018

Macphun's other great app is Aurora HDR, which provides a way for...

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13:59
Frothy Rants about Encryption and Net Neutrality,...

A listener sparks an intense rant from Bryan and Jeff about encryption and passcode-attempt-based device wipes, and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai gets them going on Net Neutrality. They cap the show with the observation that Apple’s AR goggle project appears to be back on.


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13:55
Broadcom weighs offering more stock in attempt at...




Having talked with some of Qualcomm's biggest shareholders, Broadcom is allegedly considering offering more of its own stock to make an acquisition offer more palatable -- which, if successful, could radically change up Apple's legal and technological outlooks.

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13:38
The Last Word on OS Upgrades

Dr. Mac had no intention of writing another column about OS upgrades this year. But, two things that happened last week forced him to reconsider. If you’ve yet to upgrade to High Sierra, read it.


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13:18
Apple says illegal student labor discovered at...

Smartphone maker Apple Inc and its biggest manufacturing partner on Wednesday said that a small number of students were discovered working overtime in its Chinese factory, violating local labor laws.

Many of the headlines surrounding this story seem to indicate that Apple was caught forcing students to work like slaves. The truth is, Apple has held the companies it works with to a higher standard than anyone else when it comes to helping the workers.

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13:04
∞ Apple’s new holiday ad

The ad is called “Sway.”

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13:00
Review: Nuheara IQbuds True Wireless In-Ear...

We're taking a detour from our normal audio reviews to look at a headphone that, uniquely, is less focused on listening than it is on hearing. Launched after a wildly successful Indiegogo campaign, Nuheara's IQbuds are "true wireless" earbuds that promise to enhance your hearing ability, boosting the sounds you want to hear and letting you customize your hearing to your environment. After hearing through the IQbuds for a few weeks, we find that their "Dynamic Noise Control" can be impressive at times, but they're something short of magical.{/exp:char_limit}

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12:55
Upgrading to 4K/UHD TV? What about 4K/UHD Blu-ray?

If you’re thinking about upgrading to a 4K/UHD TV this holiday season, you may be wondering about a new 4K/UHD Blu-ray player.


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12:51
Apple celebrates Thanksgiving, Christmas with '...




Apple has started its holiday advertising blitz, with a new music-centric video featuring the AirPods, and the iPhone X and an enraptured couple dancing in the snow.

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12:39
Apple Taps Sam Smith in ‘Sway’ Holiday Commercial...

Apple has a new holiday commercial out called Sway. The spot channels the feeling of Christmas without overtly mentioning that specific holiday, with a sound track by Sam Smith (“Palace”). It’s a subtle promotion of AirPods featuring two young dancers who meet and metaphorically fall in love. She gives him one of her AirPods, and they then dance and sway through the snow sharing the same song. The tag line is “move someone this holiday.” What do you think?


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12:33
Apple’s holiday ad shows off wireless AirPods and a...

It’s the eve of Thanksgiving in the United States and as has become tradition, Apple has shared its annual holiday ad for the year. The new ad called “Sway” features a brief appearance by the new iPhone X, but mostly revolves around AirPods and sharing an experience with music with someone special.

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12:14
Best Apple Black Friday Deals: 9.7-inch iPad $249, $...

Black Friday is upon us, and despite the name, we’re expecting the deals to starting flying tonight at 12:01am. The team at 9to5Toys have been working around the clock compiling and sorting through all of this week’s best price drops.

For Black Friday 2017, this hub will serve as our main landing page for all of the hottest Apple deals. We’ve put together a list of what we know is coming down the line over the next 72 hours, and we’ll be updating it regularly in the meantime.

Before we jump to the deals, be sure to follow 9to5Toys on Twitter, RSS and Facebook now so as deals pop up you’ll be sure to see them. Sometimes offers only last a few minutes, so having our social feeds on-hand will ensure you’re prepared. We’ve rounded up all...

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12:10
6 Must Have iPhone Apps for Holiday Travel

Holiday travel can be pretty hectic, but it’s possible to cut out at least a little of the stress. Check out these iPhone apps that can make your travels easier and your trip experience more fun.


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11:46
iOS 11: Dismiss Notifications Another Way With 3D...

There is a second way to dismiss notifications using 3D Touch, and it’s intuitive to use.


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11:43
External Link: Why the HomePod Faces an Uphill Battle

Apple has officially delayed the HomePod until next year, and many reports indicate that, unlike the standalone Amazon Echo, it will depend on a connected iPhone for most of its smarts. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has gathered the inside story: the HomePod has been in development for over five years, was originally conceived of as a modern iPod Hi-Fi, and its designers were blindsided by the Amazon Echo. But despite the Echo’s success, Apple focused on sound quality and not voice assistant capabilities, which may prove problematic in the market. Regardless, the HomePod will have a hard time competing on audio quality alone, since you can buy several Amazon Echoes for the price of one HomePod.

 

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11:23
Surviving Thanksgiving: Feed the family with recipes...




Thanksgiving can be a busy time, especially for those hosting family and friends, and making sure there's enough food for everyone is arguably the toughest task of of all. AppleInsider offers up some suggestions for how you can prepare for the long day of cooking by looking up recipes on your iPhone or iPad, or failing that, to acquire good food by other means.

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11:22
iOS 11: Where to Find iPhone Ringtones Besides iTunes

There are plenty of places to get iPhone ringtones aside from iTunes. We’ve found three apps that have cool ringtones and alert tones.


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11:18
Apple Reportedly Planning iPhone SE 2 for July 2018

Citing unnamed sources, China Economic News said the device may be priced at $450 and be aimed at emerging markets.


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11:00
Review: Optima NuForce HEM Dynamic In-Ear Headphones

Optoma is a company we first became aware of years ago for their home theater projectors. In more recent years, they've become popular in the headphone community for their line of IEMS, DACs, and headphone amplifiers, which sport the NuForce brand. Foremost among these are the NuForce HEM, or "Hi-Res Ear Monitor" IEMs. This week we're testing the HEM Dynamic, the entry-level model in the lineup. We find that although the HEM Dynamic sounds good, it has one fatal flaw that soured the experience. {/exp:char_limit}

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10:54
Holiday Tech and Travel Tips – TMO Daily...

Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share tips for handling tech questions at holiday events, plus they have some travel apps to share, too.


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10:45
Gear: Burkley Magnetic Detachable Leather Wallet...

If you’re looking for a wallet case for your new iPhone X, we think you’ll be especially pleased with the latest entry from New York fashion house Burkley, the Magnetic Detachable Leather Wallet Case. Despite the somewhat awkward name, this elegant new wallet case features handcrafted Turkish leather along with a magnetically detachable inner shell that looks and feels great by itself — effectively giving you two cases in one. It’s…

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10:39
∞ Inside The Museum of Modern Art

I’m not a huge fan of modern art but I visited the MoMA every time I was in New York City. I love the “quietness” of these videos – there’s no narration or voiceover. Just the sounds of the city and the MoMA staff going about their jobs.

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09:53
Amazon’s Black Friday deals

As you would expect, Amazon has Black Friday deals on a ton of items. This page will help get you started.

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09:49
What Face ID means for accessibility

This is a great article by Steven Aquino on how Face ID stacks up in his uses on the iPhone X.

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09:45
Text of FCC 'Proposal to Restore Internet...




As promised, the U.S. Federal Communcations Commission has released the full text of the "Proposal to Restore Internet Freedom" which completely removes restrictions on throttling or prioritizing content, and explicitly allows paid prioritization of content.

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09:40
Apple scientists disclose self-driving car research

Research by Apple Inc computer scientists on how self-driving cars can better spot cyclists and pedestrians while using fewer sensors has been posted online, in what appears to be the company’s first publicly disclosed paper on autonomous vehicles.

So interesting that Apple would do this.

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch Series 1 $179,...

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

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09:25
Apple Only Wants To Put Its Stores Where White...

Brian Josephs, writing for The Outline: New York's northernmost borough is the city's most diverse, has the lowest income per household, and is the only borough without an Apple Store after one opened up in Brooklyn's predominantly white neighborhood of Williamsburg last year. This trend holds true on a national scale. That means 251 of the 270 stores, or 93 percent, are located in majority-white ZIP codes. Of the 19 that are not located in majority-white ZIP codes, eight are in ZIP codes where whites are still the largest racial bloc. For context, Garden City, New York, a city with a population of around 22,000 that is 94 percent white, has an Apple Store. Lake Grove, New York, which has a population of around 11,000 and is 89 percent white, has an Apple Store. By comparison, nearly 1.5 million people live in the densely-packed Bronx, which is only 21 percent white. Bronx residents must travel either north to Ridge Hill or down to the Upper East Side to get to an Apple store....

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09:17
News: Apple rumored to be releasing second-...

After rumors about an updated iPhone SE went nowhere this year, China’s Economic Daily News is again claiming that there will be a second-generation version of the device coming, this time in the first half of 2018. The new assembly plant in Bangalore, India that helped Apple get its foot in the door in India is now rumored to be the likely site to produce the new model as well. While Apple skipped updating the iPhone SE in 2017, markets like…

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08:51
FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds: $20.36

Check out the FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds. They’re water and sweat resistant, and automatically pair to your phone when pulled apart so you don’t have to go through any setup. They fully charge in 90 minutes, and offer up to 10 hours of playback. You can get them for $23.95 through our deal, but coupon code BFRIDAY20 will get you another 20% off for a final price of $20.36.


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08:44
Apple Buys Virtual Reality Headset Designer Vrvana

Apple just bought Vrvana, a company that specializes in virtual reality and maker of the Totem VR headset.


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08:21
OtterBox releases official Star Wars iPhone case...

OtterBox today has released a new Star Wars collection for its Symmetry Series cases for iPhone. There are five different designs that are sure to please any Star Wars fan while protecting your iPhone 7/8 or 7/8 Plus.

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08:12
News: OtterBox reveals Star Wars-themed cases ahead...

OtterBox has released five Star Wars-themed versions of its Symmetry Series cases ahead of the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” The cases are available for the iPhone 7/8 ($45) and iPhone 7 Plus/8 Plus ($55), but not the iPhone X. The cases feature stylized versions of the Star Wars logo, a Storm Trooper, lovable robot BB-8, protagonist Rey and the ultimate villain Darth Vader and include the trademark OtterBox raised beveled edge…

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08:07
How to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade...




One of the traditions of Thanksgiving is to watch Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, which features a variety of floats and giant balloons floating through New York for the entertainment of everyone watching from the street. The 91st parade features 26 floats and 45 balloons, with new additions including Olaf from Frozen, characters from PAW Patrol, and Dr. Seuss' The Grinch.

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07:44
249 coding lessons for $10? Get The Complete iOS 11...

One of our most popular deals is back for the week of Black Friday, and if you would like to learn how to program apps for iOS 11 using Apple's Swift programming language, you're going to love it. Rob Percival's "The Complete iOS 11 & Swift Developer Course" is available for a limited time in the Apple World Today Deals Shop for just $10. 

That's even less expensive than our last deals on this course! Get through this set of 249 lessons and you're gaining a life skill that can get you a job or make you an indie developer. Here are the course modules:

  • Getting Started

  • Getting Started With Xcode 9 and...

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07:44
News: Freedom Mobile to begin offering iPhones on...

Freedom Mobile is set to begin offering new iPhones for the first time, MobileSyrup reports. Freedom will provide the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X at all of its retail locations across Canada, alongside other older models in its western stores. Network upgrades have hindered the roll out of the older devices in eastern Canada, with Freedom promising to support those by “early 2018.” All of the iPhones are available for no money…

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07:36
Fresh report supports launch of iPhone SE refresh...

We first heard talk of a new iPhone SE model back in August, and a new report today echoes this. Labelling it the iPhone SE 2, the Chinese report suggests that it will be exclusively manufactured by Wistron in India, though for worldwide sale …

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07:25
Apple's 'iPhone SE 2' rumored to ship...




Apple is reportedly planning to ship a second-generation iPhone SE in the first of half of next year, assembled by Wistron at facilities in Bangalore, India.

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07:24
News: Sega makes Sonic The Hedgehog 2 free to play...

In honor of Sonic The Hedgehog 2’s 25th anniversary, Sega has made the game free to download on iOS. The free version is ad-supported and gives users new features like leader boards, cloud saves, and controller support. For those who want an ad-free experience, they can pay $2 in the app itself to remove them....

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07:15
Winners of the 2017 Epson International Pano Awards

There’s approximately a million “photo contests/awards” nowadays and I avoid posting about most of them but these images are spectacular and I had to share.

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06:59
News: Apple acquires AR headset company Vrvana

As Apple reportedly plugs away at getting a wearable augmented reality device to market by 2020, the company has bought another startup that could prove useful in the development, TechCrunch reports. Apple has purchased Canadian AR headset startup Vrvana for around $30 million according to two sources familiar with the deal. Vrvana gained notoriety with its Totem headset — which combines both AR and VR technologies to create an “extended…

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06:56
∞ Big picture of the iPhone X projected IR dot...

Fascinating project from Oliver Thomas. He bought a high resolution camera that can capture infrared images. He set the camera up on a tripod and shot the IR dot pattern projected by the iPhone X. […]

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06:34
Putting the iPhone X camera to the test

This is a terrific piece from Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac, a realistic look at the experience of shooting with the iPhone X camera.

I’ve been using the iPhone 8 Plus (similar cameras, but the iPhone X has a slightly faster telephoto f/2.4 vs. f/2.8 – and the X has OIS in both lenses) for the past few days and my experience has been similar to Ben’s.

I will say, I find the iPhone 8 Plus camera to be astonishing.

Take a moment to compare the two images in this tweet. One was taken at the base of Philadelphia City Hall, looking up to the top of a tall tower. Without moving, I took a second shot, pinching out to zoom in on a statue at the top of the tower.

I was floored by the amount of detail in that second shot. Amazing to get this kind of result from a phone that fits in my pocket.

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06:21
Mark Gurman’s bet: Why Apple’s HomePod is 3 years...

Mark Gurman, Bloomberg:

When the $350 gadget debuts early next year (on Friday Apple delayed the launch from December), the HomePod won’t be able to do many of the things the Echo can. Amazon offers thousands of “skills” (voice-activated apps) that let users do a range of things (including buy stuff from Amazon). The Google Home Mini, which debuted earlier this year, is similarly endowed. The HomePod will be mostly limited to playing tunes from Apple Music, controlling Apple-optimized smart home appliances and sending messages through an iPhone.

“This is a huge missed opportunity,” said one of the people, who requested anonymity to discuss an internal matter. Apple declined to comment.

I’m just going to quote this Daring Fireball piece from 2006, which itself quotes a post from the San Jose Mercury News, but Gruber really brought this to fame:

Responding...

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06:16
Jony Ive to speak on future of design at Smithsonian...




Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive will be making an appearance in Washington D.C. and is helming a talk titled "The Future of Design" with Steve Jobs biography author Rick Tetzeli.

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06:09
Jony Ive at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum next...

From the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum event invitation:

Jonathan Ive, Chief Design Officer of Apple, is widely considered the world’s most influential industrial designer and plays a key role in Apple’s status as one of the most recognized and innovative brands in history. As CDO, he is behind all aspects of the look and feel of the iPhone, iPad, MacBook, and Apple watch—as well as major architectural projects like Apple Park—and new ideas and initiatives in development.

He has been described as one of the most powerful people in the world’s most valuable company and is a 2017 honoree of the Smithsonian’s American Ingenuity Awards (the “Golden Globes of intellect”), which honor revolutionary breakthroughs in the arts and sciences, education and social progress. Ive will be joined in conversation by Rick Tetzeli, Editor At Large of Fast Company and author of the bestselling biography Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader....

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06:03
macOS: How to Remove a Time Machine Backup Disk

If you’re getting warnings that you haven’t backed up because of an external drive that you no longer use, then this tip’s gonna make your life less annoying. We’ll tell you how to remove a Time Machine drive from your Mac’s preferences, which’ll stop those notifications. Whew!


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06:00
News: Daily Deal: JS Innovations WiFi Smart Home...

Today in iLounge Deals, you can get the JS Innovations WiFi Smart Home Security Camera for only $157 — that’s 30% off the regular price. EpPEX is a simple plug-and-play smart camera that will help you keep an eye on your home when you’re not around, right from the palm of your hand. A built-in mic and speaker let you remotely communicate with somebody on the other end, built-in night vision lets you detect movement even at night, and…

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05:47
Comment: Musing on what HomePod might have been –...

We learned yesterday that the HomePod project has something of an interesting history. In particular, it appears to have been originally envisaged less as a gadget and more as HiFi.

The HomePod was originally a side project cooked up about five years ago by a group of Mac audio engineers, who wanted to create a speaker that sounded better than the ones sold by the likes of Bose, JBL and Harman Kardon […]

The engineers wanted a product that would past muster with audiophiles. Several members of the impromptu team hailed from big-name speaker makers

Reading this, I found myself wishing for what HomePod might have been rather than what it actually appears to be …

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05:34
Grindr adds more transgender-inclusive features

Grindr is rolling out new features to be more inclusive of transgender members. User profiles now include a new "identity" feature that includes options for listing gender and preferred pronouns. Members can pick from a list of common gender identiti...

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05:15
NHS trials smart plaster that can detect blood...

The UK's National Health Service (NHS) is backing a slew of apps and wireless sensors that could help save lives and diagnose patients remotely. RespiraSense, for instance, is a small device that sticks to the side of the user's rib cage. A plaster-s...

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05:01
Microsoft sued over HoloLens patent infringements

Microsoft's HoloLens has hit a legal speed bump. The mixed-reality device, which is gaining traction with businesses, is at the center of a patent infringement lawsuit filed by HoloTouch. The Connecticut-based company alleges that HoloLens infringes...

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05:00
Apple patent is for an AirPod case with an inductive...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,826,301) for an AirPod case with an inductive charging system that includes a rechargeable battery and a first and a second charging system. It involves Apple’s upcoming AirPower wireless charging mat that’s due in 2018.

An updated version of the AirPods case will include wireless charging. It's rumored that Apple will sell the case separately for $69 by the end of 2017.

Per the Apple patent, the first charging system is configured to charge the smartphone. The second charging system is configured to wirelessly charge the iPhone positioned outside of the case adjacent to an exterior charging surface.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that, while wireless portable listening devices have many advantages over wired devices, they also have some potential drawbacks. For example, wireless portable listening devices, typically require one or more batteries, such as a rechargeable battery, that provides power to the wireless...

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04:30
Apple’s leather sleeve for the 12-inch MacBook has a...

Apple’s $149.99 leather sleeve for MacBook is, as far as I can tell, the first case the tech giant has ever released for one of its laptops. And it’s as classy, and pricey, as you’d expect. 

Available in saddle brown or midnight blue, the case for the 12-inch MacBook is, per Apple, is crafted from “high-quality European leather with a soft microfiber lining.” Its design allows you to charge your laptop while keeping it protected.

There are four slits along the horizontal edge of the sleeve, which makes it easy to to insert or remove the MacBook. Four feet indentions on the back of the case accommodate the feet on the bottom of the laptop.

The leather sleeve for the MacBook is flawlessly designed. If you can pony up the moolah to buy it, you can order it at Apple’s online store, and it ships in one business day.

Apple World...

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04:01
Apple research gives a peek at its self-driving car...

Apply, which has been famously tight-lipped on its self-driving vehicle research, has posted what looks like its first public research on the subject, notes Reuters. The paper is listed on the public site Arxiv, often used by researchers to get preli...

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04:00
How to enable apps at log-in on macOS High Sierra

If there are certain apps that you'll always use the moment you start up your Mac, you can set ‘em up to automatically log-in via System Preferences in macOS High Sierra. 

Go to Users, make sure your user account is highlighted, then click Login Items. Click the + and you can choose an app, file server or pretty much anything else that should open when you log in. Once you've added something, you can use the checkboxes to opt to hide it, though it will still be running in the background.

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03:54
Jony Ive speaking at DC’s Hirshorn Museum, free...

Apple’s chief design officer Jony Ive will be speaking on ‘the future of design’ at the Hirshorn Museum in Washington, DC, later this month – and free places are available on a first-come, first-served basis …

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

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

macOS Apps/Updates

Dennis Chambers' drum loops are now available for Sonoma Wire Works' DrumCore 4 AAX/VST3/AU plug-in. The first in a series, the Rosanna-ish set includes 62 audio loops and fills for $4.99.

DrumCore 4 is available in three editions that contain the same plug-in. The differences are how it is delivered (download, USB Flash drive, or Solid State drive) and how much content is included by famous drummers who have played with the bands listed below. All editions can be expanded with content by more than 25 drummers in DrumCore 4's built-in store.

Cisdem has updated...

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03:15
Rumor: Apple to incorporate improved LTE...

The next-gen iPhone could see an even faster LTE function.

Per a recently published note released by Apple analyst and guru Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, the 2018 iPhone will build on LTE antenna technology introduced with iPhone X to support ultra-fast transmissions speeds designated by 4×4 MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) standards.

Kuo stated that Apple is likely to upgrade its current antenna design to include flexible circuit boards created from liquid crystal polymer. The LCP boards, compared to current flexible circuit boards made from polyamide, will offer better frequency attenuation, thermal performance and moisture resistance.

Apple incorporates two LCP FCPBs in the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 utilizing a single LCP module. Apple is expected to include two LCP LTE antenna modules per handset, if not more. The forthcoming hardware is said to feature higher end specifications that will support 4×4 MIMO standards according to Kuo.

Though...

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03:10
UK data watchdog opens its own investigation into...

After reports emerged that Uber had suffered a massive data breach, the UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said it has "huge concerns" about the company's data protection policies and has confirmed it has launched its own investigation...

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03:00
November 2017 Apple Park 4K drone surfaces, focuses...

Apple Park has opened and the new drone footage of the campus is in.

The current view from above captured in 4K video by Maverick Solutions shows the new Apple Park Visitor Center since it opened to the public.

The drone footage features the on-site Apple Store, complete with official Apple Merchandise that’s not available in regular Apple Store locations.

The aerial footage also highlights more completed landscaping and a newly filled fountain pond within the giant ring.

There’s still some final landscaping work to be done, especially around the fitness center, but the project is just about complete.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via 9to5Mac

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03:00
The Morning After: Wednesday, November 22nd 2017

Hey, good morning!

The plan for the end of net neutrality is coming. We'll hear all the details later today, but let us distract you with cigar-shaped asteroids, and ooh, Animal Crossing on your smartphone.

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01:40
Belgium moves to ban 'Star Wars Battlefront 2...

We learned last week that Belgium's gambling authority was investigating loot crates in Star Wars Battlefront II over concerns that they constitute gambling. Now, the decision is in, and the answer is a resounding yes, according to Dutch-language pub...

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00:23
ProtonMail will use encryption to lock down your...

About a year and a half ago, ProtonMail opened up its previously invite-only beta encrypted email service to the public, along with a couple of mobile apps. A couple of months ago, ProtonMail created a free tier for its VPN service, too. Now the comp...

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Tuesday November 21

23:02
Google voice recognition could transcribe doctor...

Doctors work long hours, and a disturbingly large part of that is documenting patient visits -- one study indicates that they spend 6 hours of an 11-hour day making sure their records are up to snuff. But how do you streamline that work without hiri...

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21:06
Apple research paper details LiDAR-based 3D object...




Apple researchers are pushing forward with efforts to bring autonomous vehicle systems to public roads, and last week published an academic paper outlining a method of detecting objects in 3D point clouds using trainable neural networks. While still in its early stages, the technology could mature to improve accuracy in LiDAR navigation solutions.

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20:51
Live-action Pokémon movie lands its lead actor

We're one step closer to finding out what a live-action Pokémon film looks like. Legendary Pictures has already nabbed writers for its Detective Pikachu movie (in the form of Guardians of the Galaxy scribe Nicole Perlman and Gravity Falls penm...

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19:49
Google Shopping is becoming a lot like browsing on...

Google Shopping is getting some new tricks ahead of the busiest retail season of the year. Specifically, when you're looking for a coffee grinder or pair of headphones, now Google will populate search results with buying guides from editorial publica...

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19:02
Dark streaks on Mars may not be caused by flowing...

In 2015, scientists analyzing mysterious dark streaks on the surface of Mars found evidence that they were formed by liquid water -- an exciting discovery that meant microbial life might be supported on the planet. But new findings published this wee...

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18:26
FTC may investigate TripAdvisor over deleted posts,...

Earlier this month, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that TripAdvisor had deleted multiple posts from users warning others about incidents of assault and rape that had taken place at a certain resorts in Mexico. Since then, the journal says th...

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18:20
Hands-on: Akitio Thunder3 Quad X – a four bay drive...

When it comes to Thunderbolt 3 support, there are a handful of companies that immediately come to mind. Akitio, a California-based innovator, is definitely one of those companies.

One of its first big Thunderbolt 3-equipped products, the Akitio Node, made headlines for its inclusion of a macOS-compatible Thunderbolt 3 chipset. Since then, it has released a variety of products that support the high-bandwidth interface.

The latest such release is the Akitio Thunder3 Quad X. Featuring a similar naming convention as earlier releases, the Thunder3 Quad X is notable for a design that pays homage to the classic Mac Pro “cheese grater” design.

Similar to the...

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18:02
KGI again says 2018 iPhones will feature gigabit LTE...

Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities is out with what he refers to as “part two” of his analysis into Apple’s work on creating a 5G iPhone and what the near future holds.

This investors note says that Apple may adopt faster antenna modules in all of its 2018 iPhones, and offers more information about suppliers for next year’s iPhone antenna modules. Much of the report reiterates a note from KGI last week.

more…

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17:57
2018 iPhone models to boast enhanced LTE...




Apple's next-generation iPhone lineup, due for debut in 2018, will build on LTE antenna technology introduced with iPhone X to support ultra-fast transmissions speeds designated by 4x4 MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) standards.

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17:48
Apple buys the creator of a 'seamless'...

Those rumors of Apple making an augmented reality headset just got a little more fuel. TechCrunch sources say that Apple has acquired VRvana, a startup that crowdfunded (but hasn't shipped) a unique camera-based AR and VR headset, the Totem. Unlike...

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17:09
New paper from Apple research scientists dives...

Tim Cook has publicly commented on Apple’s work in autonomous systems before, and a new research paper from two Apple research scientists dives deeper into the company’s efforts. The paper explains how Apple is using a combination of LiDAR with other technologies for 3D object detection that represents the future.

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17:00
Apple buys company that specializes in AR headset...

Apple has acquired a Montreal start-up along its reported route toward building an augmented reality headset. The tech giant bought Vrvana, makers of a headset called Totem (pictured), for around $30 million, TechCrunch reports.

The Totem headset is featured on Vrvana's website but hasn't been released, and focuses on combining both AR and virtual reality features in the same headset. A number of Vrvana employees have joined Apple in California, TechCrunch notes.

Here’s how the Totem is described at the Vravana website: 

Totem’s hand tracking and inside-out positional tracking empowers your workforce to manipulate virtual objects with their hands wherever they please. Totem’s ability to produce truly opaque blacks and seamlessly blend the real world with the virtual...

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16:57
Steam tweaks community reviews to fight spam

Valve has known that its platform Steam, the biggest marketplace for PC titles, has had a review problem for years. Groups of users abuse a game's rating by 'review bombing' them, propping up negative feedback with far more 'this was helpful' votes t...

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16:37
Ajit Pai and the FCC Will Dismantle Net Neutrality,...

In a feat of willful ignorance or outright deceit, Mr. Pai believes that free market competition can keep the Internet open when there is no competition.


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16:24
Apple acquires AR startup Vrvana for $30M as it...

According to a new report from TechCrunch, Apple recently acquired a virtual/augmented reality startup out of Montreal, Canada called Vrvana. The deal was worth radon $30 million, the report says.

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16:22
Website Tracking to be Worse Than Thought, Study...

The researchers say that ad-blockers can block some, but not all of the scripts. However, AdBlock Plus has recently been updated to block all of the session replay scripts.


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16:09
First observed interstellar object is a speedy,...

Last month, astronomers running the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii spotted an intriguing object moving through our solar system and it became clear pretty quickly that the object, whether it was a comet or an asteroid, had come from outside of our...

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16:04
Apple reportedly acquires Canadian AR headset...




Amid rumors claiming Apple is working on a branded augmented reality headset, a report on Tuesday claims the tech giant has bolstered its AR hardware team with the purchase Canadian startup Vrvana.

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15:34
New York AG blasts FCC for refusing to help fight...

Were you frustrated that the FCC did nothing to look into bots flooding its public comment system with anti-net neutrality spam before deciding to kill net neutrality? So was New York. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has posted an open lette...

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15:23
Uber was hacked in 2016 and covered it up

Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber Technologies Inc., a massive breach that the company concealed for more than a year. This week, the ride-hailing firm ousted its chief security officer and one of his deputies for their roles in keeping the hack under wraps, which included a $100,000 payment to the attackers.

They simply neglected to tell anyone they had been hacked. There is nothing this company won’t do.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:22
AWT News Update: November 21, 2017

We've got all sorts of fun stories for you today...and even a few ideas for Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals:

  • Sonnet is selling the "eGFX Breakaway Box - Developer Edition" (AKA Apple External Graphics Development Kit) for $100, and you don't need to be a developer to get one
  • Quartz finds out that Android devices gather location data even with location services turned off, when apps aren't being used, and even without a SIM installed
  • Google's Fuchsia OS is being designed so that Swift apps can run on the OS
  • Gamevice announces that its controller for iPhone and iPad is now fully compatible with the DJI Spark drone

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

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15:16
Uber paid $100,000 to cover up 2016 breach exposing...




Uber on Tuesday became the latest tech firm to acknowledge a major hack of its systems that spilled data from 50 million customers and some 7 million drivers, a breach the company paid $100,000 to keep quiet.

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15:14
Lowest prices anywhere: Apple's 2017 13"...




The lowest prices of the year are here on Apple devices with less than 48 hours left to take advantage of the exclusive discounts. Pick up a 13" MacBook Pro for as low as $1,099 with coupon, or opt for a Touch Bar model for just $1,599 ($200 off). Very limited quantities are available and these offers may end at any time, so don't delay.

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15:02
MIT's DIY muon detector sniffs out cosmic...

Scientists at MIT have designed a pocket-sized muon detector that can be easily made with common electrical parts, meaning anyone can kit themselves out with legitimately-functional Ghostbusters-esque gear for less than $100. The device detects the c...

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14:43
Uber officially discloses data breach that affected...

Uber today has officially disclosed a massive data breach that affected some 57 million users. As noted in a report from Bloomberg, the breach originally occurred in October of 2016, with Uber working to conceal it for a year…

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14:42
Uber hid data breach that exposed info for 57...

Uber's new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has inherited yet another scandal from Travis Kalanick. The ridesharing firm has revealed to Bloomberg that it hid an extortion-oriented cyberattack which exposed the personal info for roughly 57 million customers an...

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14:35
Pixar head John Lasseter takes leave of absence amid...




John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Disney Animation Studios and close friend of late Apple CEO Steve Jobs, is taking a six-month leave of absence after allegations of inappropriate behavior toward female co-workers.

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14:21
EA patches 'Star Wars Battlefront II' to...

EA has faced a Star Destroyer's worth of trouble over the just-released Star Wars Battlefront II, most notably the backlash over the micro transactions that were panned as too expensive while also encouraging a pay-to-win vibe. EA subsequently pulled...

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14:13
Siri’s Voice Missing from Your Apple Watch Series 3...

If Siri isn’t talking to you on your Apple Watch Series 3 she may not be giving you the cold shoulder; she may have lost her voice. Literally. Here’s how to get it back.


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14:01
ProPublica: Facebook advertisers can still...

A year ago, ProPublica discovered that Facebook let advertisers select who would see ads based on 'ethnic affinity.' Because the social network doesn't ask users to disclose their racial identity, Facebook collects data and assigns each a preference...

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