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Friday January 19

06:00
Jeff Bezos, margins, and the future of retail

Benedict Evans, from a terrific read entitled TV, retail, advertising and cascading collapses:

When Sears and Macy’s go bust, how many malls do they take with them, and how many other retailers that might have been doing fine on their own will go or lose a lot of their footprint because of that? And, where were those retailers advertising? What was their TV budget? How much of this is self-reinforcing – the more you buy online, the more you buy online?

And:

Suppose you go on eBay and buy the last ten years’ of Elle Decoration and drop it into Google Brain, and then wave your phone at your living room and ask what cushions or lamps you would like?

And:

Suppose I put a bunch of HD cameras in the right parts of Berlin and Brooklyn and track what people are wearing, entirely automatically, and then see what of...

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05:00
Apple patent involves a Mac keyboard with enhanced...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 20180019081) for “keyboard backlighting with reduced driver circuitry” that hints at upcoming Mac keyboards with enhanced backlighting.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that some computer keyboards have improved by providing a single backlight that allows the user to see the keys of a keyboard better. However, such backlights are typically static and don’t provide any additional utility beyond improving the visibility of keys. Apple thinks it can do better.

For example, if the user is playing a game or using a software application that uses one or more keys more frequently than other keys, the more frequently used keys can be illuminated while the other keys can remain dim or off. Additionally, by providing a lighting circuit with such capabilities, a uniform brightness for the entire keyboard can be established through an initial calibration process. 

Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: “Systems and methods for...

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04:34
FCC blocks two cheapskate tactics Internet service...

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has blocked two tactics Internet service providers had hoped to use to reduce the expense needed to meet their broadband service obligations …

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04:00
How to find tagged items in macOS High Sierra

If you’ve set up your tabs in macOS High Sierra, it’s easy to find the items you’ve tagged. Click the Finder icon in the Dock to open a Finder window and do any of the following:

  • Search for a tag: Enter the tag color or name in the search field, then select the tag from the suggestions.
  • Ask Siri. Say something like: “Find files with a red tag.”
  • Select a tag in the sidebar: To see everything with a certain tag, click the tag  in the Finder sidebar.
  • To change the items you see in the sidebar, choose Finder > Preferences, click Tags, then select the tags you want to see.
  • Arrange items by a tag: Click the Item Arrangement button , then choose Tags.
  • Sort items by a tag: In any view, choose View > Show View Options, then select the Tags checkbox. In List view and Cover Flow, move the pointer over the Tags column, then click it. Click the column name again to reverse the sort order.

(This how-to is based on my...

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03:57
Apple’s ‘Everyone Can Code’ program rolls out to 70...

Adoption of Apple’s ‘Everyone Can Code’ curriculum, offered free of charge to schools and colleges, continues. The company today announced that 70 colleges and universities in Europe have opted to offer the program to their students …

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03:56
Apple begins hiring staff for upcoming retail...

Ahead of opening later this year, Apple has posted several job listings for various positions at their new retail location in the District of Columbia. Located inside the historic former Carnegie Library, the new store will be Apple’s second in Washington D.C., and one of the company’s largest historic restoration projects to date.

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03:33
KGI lowers iPhone X sales estimates, reiterates 6.1-...

A new report from KGI defies market consensus claiming that iPhone X shipments are not as strong as many believe. The analyst says that it believes Apple will ship around 18 million iPhone X units in the current quarter, significantly below estimates in the 20-30 million range from other analysts. It primarily blames longer replacement cycles in China for the weaker demand for iPhone X.

However, KGI reaffirms its predictions of a three tier 2018 iPhone lineup with a 6.1-inch LCD model, a successor to iPhone X and a 6.5-inch OLED ‘iPhone X Plus’ launching in the fall. In fact, KGI suggests that Apple may stop making iPhone X altogether when production of the new 2018 models ramp up.

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 19, 2018

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

iQagent has released iQagent AR for free. It leverages Apple's ARKit to allow off-the-shelf creation of persistent augmented reality scenes containing process data and resources from existing plant systems.  Once created, the scenes can be accessed by other devices running iQagent AR.   

macOS Apps/Updates

Microsoft has released version 16.9 update of Office 2016 for the Mac. It adds features such as real-time...

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03:15
Microsoft releases Office 2016 16.9, offers real-...

Microsoft Office 2016 reached version 16.9 today, the update bringing some nifty features such as real-time collaboration and automatic saves for cloud-based files.

In Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, the 16.9 update displays thumbnails in the upper-right corner, indicating who else is working on a document. In Word and PowerPoint specifically, flag icons show where edits are taking place — PowerPoint will also highlight any modified slides.

Users can now see each others’ updates via the cloud functionality as well as roll back to a previous version if someone makes a mistake or otherwise unwanted change.

Word, Excel, and PowerPower now feature fast access to frequently-used sites and groups through the Open menu.

Excel now incorporates new chart types, new functions, easier PivotTable chart modification through filters, and multi-threaded calculation for formulas.

PowerPoint now offers a QuickStarter that generates outlines for topics, can suggest...

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03:08
1Password 6.8.6

Brings back iCloud sync using Apple’s native iCloud framework. ($64.99 new, free update, 48.6 MB)

 

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03:00
“Hey Siri” feature now works with updated news...

As the arms race with Amazon’s Alexa continues, Apple’s “Hey Siri” feature has been improved upon in the iOS 11.2.5 beta and is now available to everyone in the US, UK, and Australia.

To invoke the new feature, simply say, “Hey Siri, give me the news,” wherein Siri will begin playing a news digest podcast from NPR by default.

Siri can also switch news sources to other providers such as Fox News, CNN and the Washington Post. In the UK, the audio news digest defaults to the BBC but can be switched to Sky News or LBC. Australians choose from ABC, SBS, or Seven Network.

At present, the audio news digest plays through Apple’s Podcasts app, which may have to be reinstalled if you’ve removed. it.

This feature only works if you invoke Siri with the “Hey Siri” voice command. If you hold down the Home button (or Side button on the iPhone X) to wake up Siri and then ask for the news, you’ll get a list of news stories from Apple’s News app on your screen.

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01:31
Microsoft adds real-time collaboration to Office...

Microsoft's latest update for Office 2016 on Mac adds features that make it a much better tool for collaborative projects. (Or worse, depending on how you prefer attacking group work.) It gives you the ability to work with others in real time &agrave...

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00:03
Airbnb cuts half of San Francisco listings as new...

San Francisco's strict short-term home rental laws just kicked in on Wednesday, and are already having a big effect on SF-based Airbnb. Listing plunged from over 10,000 to around 5,500, dropping around 4,760 listings, the site told the San Francisco...

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Thursday January 18

22:39
GoPro's Fusion camera is ready to work with a...

GoPro's ability to nail the experience with its 360-degree Fusion camera will rely on its marriage of hardware and software capabilities, and now the latter is getting a boost. An update to the company's Android app allows certain phones (listed belo...

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20:17
Apple CEO Tim Cook named in South Korean complaint...




South Korean consumer group Citizens United for Consumer Sovereignty this week filed a criminal complaint against Apple CEO Tim Cook, alleging the company's decision to throttle iPhones with depleted batteries amounts to destruction of property and fraud.

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20:09
Typinator 7.4

Improves the Quick Search feature to display all matches in a scrollable list. (€24.99 new, free update, 7.7 MB)

 

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19:35
Trump talks up Apple's $350B US investment,...




Apple is apparently back in Donald Trump's good graces following the company's announcement of a $350 billion U.S. investment, with chief executive Tim Cook said to be on the receiving end of an adulatory phone call.

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19:06
Intel's new cameras add human-like 3D vision to...

Intel has released two ready-to-use RealSense depth cameras, the D415 and the D435, that can add 3D capabilities to any device or machine. They both come in a USB-powered form factor and are capable of processing depth in real time, thanks to the chi...

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18:58
Dean Allen

Om Malik:

Dean Cameron Allen, a 50-ish writer, designer, web-guy, and an
all-around rascal, died this weekend in London, U.K. He leaves
behind his parents, a former girlfriend and a lot of friends. If
the universe feels a little hollow this week, now you know why.

Jason Hoffman, founder of Joyent and a close friend, called out of
the blue. He has just moved back from Stockholm, back to the Bay
Area after a stint at Ericsson. “Dean is no more,” Jason said. He
was fighting to hold back his tears, his voice shaking. I think I
heard Jason say that Dean took his own life, giving up on the
struggle.

Dean was a magnificent bastard. His death is a real gut punch. I heard about it two days ago, and still can’t believe it. Om’s obituary is simply splendid, capturing the man I knew.

Textism was such an achingly-good thing — an utterly personal website of...

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18:35
Watch: Apple's iMac Pro vs 2013 Mac Pro with...




In the first part of our series, we put our $5,000 iMac Pro to the test against one of the most popular configurations of the Mac Pro, to see how much of a performance difference you can expect between the two machines.

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18:03
Tesla Is Last In the Driverless Vehicle Race, Report...

Navigant Research has compiled a new report on 19 companies working on automated driving systems, and surprisingly, Tesla came in last place. U.S. News & World Report: Navigant ranked the 19 major companies developing AV technology based on 10 criteria, including vision, market strategy, partnerships, production strategy, technology, product quality and staying power. According to the report, General Motors Co. and Waymo, the auto unit of Alphabet, are the top two AV investment opportunities in the market today. Tesla and Apple are the two biggest laggards in the AV race, according to Navigant's rankings. Investors are acutely aware of Tesla's production and distribution disadvantages compared to legacy automakers like GM, but Navigant is also highly critical of Tesla's technology. "The autopilot system on current products has stagnated and, in many respects, regressed since it was first launched in late 2015," Navigant says in the report, according to Ars Technica. "More than...

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17:34
Second ‘Tomb Raider’ trailer adds welcome backstory...

Our first look at the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot was tonally all over the place, mixing the earlier Angelina Jolie films' goofy action with the more serious emotional heft of the critically-acclaimed newer Tomb Raider video games. Thankfully, the se...

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17:00
Apple revamps App Store Preview web interface with...




Apple on Thursday issued a redesign for the App Store web interface, with app searches on Safari, Chrome and other browsers now rendering a bold design aesthetic and elements borrowed from the iOS 11 App Store app.

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16:56
Apple Just Redesigned the App Web Interface For iOS...

The icons are bigger, the fonts are bolder, and the iPhone X screenshots are showcased front and center.


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16:55
Opposed by Apple, 'right to repair' bills...




Some 17 states have now introduced so-called "right to repair" legislation despite strident opposition from consumer electronics manufacturers, including Apple.

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16:26
'Battlefield 1' DLC adds aerial-only...

DICE and EA have shared much more of what Battlefield 1's new "Apocalypse" DLC entails, and it's good news if you prefer to be a fighter ace than fight in the trenches. The expansion arrives in February, and its highlight is a new Air Assault mode wh...

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16:14
Apple to decide location of new campus without...




Following comments from CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday, Apple on Thursday confirmed it will not hold a public auction to decide the site of a new U.S. campus that will be built in part using money repatriated from the company's overseas cash hoard.

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15:44
Review: Away Travel’s USB-powered Carry-On luggage...

Traveling can disrupt even the best laid plans, and with today’s connected lifestyles, the stress of an unexpected situation is only exacerbated if you’re worrying about keeping your devices powered up. Combine that with the chaos and and spectacle that is the annual Consumer Electronics Show, and you’ve got the perfect storm for a travel headache.

Earlier this month, I spent 5 days in Las Vegas for CES 2018. With me came The Carry-On, modern and thoughtfully designed luggage with USB power sent over to try out by Away Travel. Over the course of the show I put The Carry-On to the test, traversing miles of hotel, casino, and airport carpeting to bring you my thoughts. Let’s take a look at how well it held up and how...

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15:44
FCC admits mobile internet is a poor broadband...

As dictated by Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the FCC released its annual draft 2018 Broadband Deployment Report on Wednesday. In it, the commission made a surprising concession: that no, mobile data and wired broadband are not in...

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15:34
Facebook taps Jada Pinkett Smith for new talk show...

Facebook has been pushing into original television for a little while now. It launched the Watch section as a platform for TV shows last year, and has since teamed up with the creators of True Blood for a new drama called Sacred Lies. Now the company...

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15:32
Andy Warhol Apple Logo Painting Up for Auction,...

Pop Culture artist Andy Warhol’s Apple logo painting is up for auction and is expected to bring in somewhere between US$20,000 and $30,000. Woodshed Art Auctions is conducting the auction with live bidding starting at 5:30 PM eastern time on February 1st. For you art aficionados considering making a bid, the piece is 8×8-inches in a 16.5×16.5-inch frame, float mounted with archive corners, no adhesives, and in good condition. Early online bids are currently at $6,500, so now you know what you have to out bid.


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15:29
‘Right to repair’ legislation gaining steam amid...

Amid Apple’s ongoing battery repair program, iFixit today reports that “Right to Repair” legislation is gaining traction. The site explains that so far this year, 17 states have introduced bills that would reduce repair costs by opening up parts and tools to independent repair shops…

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15:24
Apple Music Trailer for UK Rapper Stefflon Don...

Apple Music has a trailer out for a mini series of documentaries on UK rapper Stefflon Don. It’s part of Apple Music’s “Up Next” showcase of up and coming artists. Stefflon Don was born in Birmingham, England, of Jamaican parents, grew up in Holland, and came back to England, where she launched her musical career. Apple Music describes her sound as a mix of UK rap and Jamaican dancehall, and there are two episodes of her documentary on Apple Music now. The trailer below offers a sneak peak.


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14:59
Snap announces more layoffs amid content struggles

Snap has just laid off 22 employees, a sign that the company is continuing to struggle with slow user growth. The staff cuts affected teams across the company, one of which was the content team [Ed. See update below for details]. According to The Inf...

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14:44
009: Trump’s Apple love, App Store rejections, and...

Today we’ve got President Trump’s reaction to Apple’s $350 billion investment announcement, an app that claims to detect net neutrality violations being rejected, a fix coming for a new iMessage bug, and Tim Cook promising a toggle to stop performance throttling on iPhones with older batteries.

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14:43
Italian watchdog launches probe into Apple &...

Joining several other parties in doing so, an anti-trust body in Italy today announced that it has opened a probe into Apple over allegations of planned obsolescence. Interestingly, the group is also investigating Samsung over similar claims…

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14:39
Facebook and YouTube are removing 'Tide Pod...

In the year 2018, nobody expected human society would need an intervention to stop people from eating (drinking?) laundry detergent. And yet, actual thinking people are recording themselves consuming Tide Pods, which inspires others to follow suit on...

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14:18
NASA tests small nuclear reactor that could power a...

Everyone from Elon Musk to Donald Trump wants to send a manned mission to Mars in the not too distant future, but there are quite a few problems that need to be solved before we can achieve that goal. A major one is the issue of energy. Long-term sta...

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14:09
Apple overhauls App Store web interface with new iOS...

Apple today has rolled out a major redesign for the App Store web interface. The new redesign replaces the dated and clunky interface that previously housed the App Store on the web…

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14:03
'Text Bomb' Is Latest Apple Bug

An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: A new "text bomb" affecting Apple's iPhone and Mac computers has been discovered. Abraham Masri, a software developer, tweeted about the flaw which typically causes an iPhone to crash and in some cases restart. Simply sending a message containing a link which pointed to Mr Masri's code on programming site GitHub would be enough to activate the bug -- even if the recipient did not click the link itself. Mr Masri said he "always reports bugs" before releasing them. Apple has not yet commented on the issue. On a Mac, the bug reportedly makes the Safari browser crash, and causes other slowdowns. Security expert Graham Cluley wrote on his blog that the bug does not present anything to be particularly worried about -- it's merely very annoying. After the link did the rounds on social media, Mr Masri removed the code from GitHub, therefore disabling the "attack" unless someone was to replicate the code elsewhere.

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13:56
Podcasters: Replace Skype with Discord for better...

Discord has been around since May, 2015, and was built as a platform for gamers to chat. It features, text, audio, and video chatting, and can be tweaked to attain very high sound quality with zero extra noise. Discord is also built such that it can be used entirely inside a web browser, meaning your interview guests don’t have to download the Discord app. In fact, there’s a way to set it up so that your interview guests don’t even have to sign up for a Discord account.

This looks like an interesting solution for those that hate Skype.

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13:56
Snap increases layoffs amid slowing user growth...

According to a pair of new reports from Cheddar and The Information, Snap has recently laid off roughly two dozen employees. The layoffs come as the company looks to be more cost-effective amid stagnant user growth and revenue struggles…

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13:53
This Qi Charger Was Designed to Look Good, Uses Cork...

We’ve seen a flurry of Qi chargers aimed at the Mac market since Apple launched iPhone 8/Plus and iPhone X. There are a ton of options if you just want a functional Qi charger, but I had one from Grovemade cross my desk last night that looks good, too. It has a 1/4″ brushed metal base to give it some heft, but what stood out for me was the natural cork bed. I think it looks way better than the plastic Qi chargers I’ve seen, plus it should grip my iPhone better. The company said it works with all of its own cases, and should work with other cases up to 3mm thick. Not surprisingly, it’s pricier than a small plastic puck, at US$79. I’m linking  to the natural cork color model, but it’s also available with charcoal gray cork.

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13:51
Podcasters: Replace Skype with Discord for Better...

After 12 years of using Skype for our podcasts, we switched to Discord in November and haven’t looked back. With better audio quality and the ability to have interview guests participate entirely in their web browsers, Discord is a much better solution for today’s podcaster. We’ll show you how to get going.


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13:45
∞ The Dalrymple Report Podcast: Rene Ritchie on...

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Rene Ritchie joins me this week to talk about a variety of topics including iPhone sales this quarter, reports on television shows that Apple wants to produce, and Apple’s relationship with the FBI, among other things.

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13:30
Review: Edifier MP200 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Although we've traditionally seen more extensive speaker systems by Edifier, the company's new MP200 takes it in a different direction with a colourful and fun sub-$50 speaker that's ultra-portable, splash proof, and provides not only Bluetooth capabilities but also micro SD card and USB playback, all packed into a two-inch cube that's surprisingly comfortable to hold in your hand.{/exp:char_limit}

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13:26
Microsoft Office for Mac updated w/ real-time...

Microsoft today announced a major update for Office 2016 for Mac. The update brings the app to version 16 and includes new features for Microsoft’s entire suite of applications…

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13:00
Apple World Today News Update: January 18, 2018

Sorry we missed you yesterday (Wednesday)! We're back today with a quartet of short news stories from the world of Apple:

  • A researcher/developer had his app -- used to gather data on ISP throttling of video streams -- rejected by the App Store
  • Some Facebook Messenger users are reporting a bug that crashes the app after typing just a few words in a single line
  • Use SpotHero to pre-pay parking? Apple has a deal for you if you use Apple Pay as your SpotHero payment option
  • The GOP tax bill signed into law a few weeks ago is resulting in Apple adding almost $350 billion to the US economy, and employees are also getting a stock bonus

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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12:57
Trump says Apple’s $350B US investment biggest ever...

President Trump delivered a public speech in Pittsburgh today where he praised Apple for its plans to invest in the US economy. Trump says he personally called Tim Cook, who he calls “a great guy,” and thanked him for the investment in the country.

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12:54
Do you think Tim Cook’s statement on iPhone...

In his first public statement on the matter, Apple CEO Tim Cook talked about the company’s practice of throttling iPhone performance as batteries age in an interview with ABC last night. While he offered an apology, he also thinks consumers and the media weren’t “paying attention” when the change first rolled out.

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12:50
iPhone chip supplier TSMC anticipates drop in...




Chip manufacturer TSMC is anticipating a decline in shipments for premium smartphones this year, advising during its fourth-quarter earnings briefing that orders relating to cheaper mobile devices will rise slightly, with company growth likely to occur through embracing cryptocurrencies.

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12:15
Is CES a trouble spot for Apple?

The reports are in from the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, and they’re not good if you’re an Apple watcher: The days of CES being a show full of products trumpeting their connections to the App Store are over. This year, it’s all about smart assistants—and that means Alexa and the Google Assistant, not Siri. It’s bad news for Apple—or is it?

I trust the trained eyes of CES observers. Both analyst Ben Bajarin and New York Times tech writer Brian Chen reported the same thing.

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12:09
Once-blocked Net Neutrality-tracking app Wehe will...




Apple blocked Wehe, an app to test net neutrality compliance -- but after the developer provided more information, the company has reversed its decision and is now allowing the app in the store.

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12:02
Apple Employee Buses Under Attack by Protesters

One Apple employee speculated that the assailants were firing rubber rounds at the buses.


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11:51
Apple TV 4K Users Won’t Be Happy With Sony’s Dolby...

On Wednesday, Sony rolled out a software update for its most advanced UHD TVs that support Dolby Vision. Except the Dolby Vision portion caused an uproar.


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11:17
Amazon narrows the field of candidates for its $5B...




Amazon has revealed its list of candidates for building a new headquarters in North America, publishing a shortlist of 20 cities and metropolitan areas that are still in the running to host the online retail giant's second base of operations.

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11:13
Apple Rejects Net Neutrality App, Reddit in Uproar [...

So far, it’s hard to tell how accurate Wehe is. But for now Apple has given the final word on the matter, saying no.


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11:07
156: Apple’s TV plans, iPhone X notch future,...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss Apple’s efforts to build a new TV service, the fate of the iPhone X notch and recent iPhone sales, CarPlay news out of the International Auto Show in Detroit, a beautiful watchOS 5 mockup, and HomePod predictions.

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11:01
Microsoft improves Office 2016 for Mac with real-...




Microsoft on Thursday released a major update of Offce 2016 for the Mac, adding features such as real-time collaboration and automatic saves for cloud-based files.

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10:57
CES 2018: Eureka Park Wraps Up CES

In wrapping up his CES coverage, Jeff Porten explores the show within a show that CES sets aside for startups, Eureka Park. Follow along as he finds a portable scanner, kid-focused smartwatch, global hotspot, solar-powered car, and monitoring shoes for seniors.

 

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10:50
Apple, Samsung being investigated in Italy for ‘...

Apple and Samsung are under investigation by Italy’s antitrust organization for alleged “planned obsolescence” of their products.

A statement by the Autorit Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (AGCM) — as noted by AppleInsider — launching the investigation cites consumer complaints of slower devices such as iPhones after operating system updates. The antitrust group will determine if the tech companies are introducing the updates intentionally to cripple phones, and force Italian citizens to buy new ones.

Earlier this month a French prosecutor launched a preliminary investigation of Apple over alleged deception...

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10:45
News: Apple leasing 200,000 square feet of space in...

Apple is leasing 128,000 square feet of space in an office building in Culver City for its content production group, according to a new report by Variety. The location at 8777 Washington Boulevard was originally expected to be occupied by HBO, however they recently backed out of the deal, leaving the field open for Apple to move in. The news was first reported by The Real Deal; Variety subsequently confirmed the news with Thomas Small, the mayor pro…

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10:43
iPhone chipmaker TSMC says high-end smartphones...

Apple’s sole supplier of A-series processors for iPhones, TSMC, shared today that it expects premium smartphone shipments to decrease this year. Interestingly, the chip maker says that the cryptocurrency market is what will help keep its business growing.

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10:41
Apple, Samsung under investigation by Italian...




Italy's antitrust organization has launched a probe investigating allegations that Apple and Samsung use software updates not as a tool to secure or expand upon smartphone capabilities, but to speed up the aging process and force users to buy new phones.

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10:31
mStand360 Laptop Stand with Swivel Base: $49.99

Check out the mStand360 Laptop Stand with Swivel Base, a solid single aluminum base with a built-in swivel. Comes in Rose Gold, Silver, and Space Gray to match your MacBook. It’s $49.99 through us.


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10:26
Apple says fix for ‘chaiOS’ is coming

Apple told MacRumors that a fix for the “chaiOS” bug is coming in a software update (or two) next week. Look for the solutions to come in iOS 11.2.5 and perhaps macOS High Sierra 10.13.3.

The bug appeared on Jan. 17 after it was shared on Twitter. When texted to an iOS device, it is able to cause the Messages app on the iPhone or iPad to freeze up and become unusable. The Safari and Chrome browsers on Macs are also affected.

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10:18
Fix for 'chaiOS' malicious link that...




The iPhone-crashing "chaiOS" bug in Messages is getting a fix, with Apple confirming that a patch is due "next week" to solve the problem.

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10:13
MacBook Air’s Legacy, Tim Cook’s iPhone Battery...

Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look back on the MacBook Air’s influence on other Apple products, plus they take Tim Cook to task for his recent iPhone battery throttling comments.


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10:11
Podcast network TWiT sues Twitter for trademark...




Twitter has been targeted in a lawsuit from podcast production company TWiT, with the social network accused of trademark infringement and a breach of contract after it started expanding into providing streaming video content to its users.

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09:59
Apple rejects net neutrality testing app, says it...

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An iPhone application that attempts to detect whether ISPs are throttling online services was rejected by Apple when its developer tried to get it into the company's App Store.

David Choffnes, a Northeastern University professor who researches distributed systems and networking, built an app called "Wehe" that tests the speeds of YouTube, Amazon, NBCSports, Netflix, Skype, Spotify, and Vimeo. Abnormally low speed results for one or more of those services might, in theory, provide evidence that your mobile carrier is throttling a service.

But as Motherboard reported today, Apple...

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09:44
'Hey Siri, give me the news' leaves beta,...

One of those things people expect to be able to do with smart speakers is to get a news briefing in the morning. It was one of Alexa’s first tricks when the Echo launched in 2014, and a core feature of Google Home in 2016. With the HomePod on the way, it simply has to be one of Siri’s powers, too. It’s table stakes.

And so it has come to pass. Previously available only to users running the iOS 11.2.5 beta, the new news feature is now available to everyone in the US, UK, and Australia. 

’Hey Siri, give me the news’

To invoke the new feature, simply say, “Hey Siri, give me the news.” (Other similar phrases like “what’s in the news” will also work.) Siri will begin playing a news digest podcast from NPR by default.

To...

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09:41
Apple promises fix for chaiOS iMessage bug that...

A few days ago we detailed a new iOS and macOS bug that crashes Messages when you receive a specific message. Described as the chaiOS bug, Apple now tells Buzzfeed that a fix is expected next week.

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09:41
Apple Macintosh logo by Andy Warhol goes up for...




A rare piece of art history is now up for sale in the form of an Apple Macintosh logo painted and signed by pop artist Andy Warhol.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch Series 2 $289, LG...

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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09:02
Xfinity Mobile lets customers bring existing iPhones...

Xfinity Mobile is now letting prospective customers bring their current (compatible) iPhones to the wireless service. Launched last year, Xfinity Mobile uses Verizon’s network and offers a pay per GB plan as well as a $45/month unlimited option.

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08:55
EU says Apple's cash repatriation plans won...




Though Apple is planning to pay the U.S. some $38 billion in taxes on repatriated foreign cash, that won't impact how much it owes in Ireland, a spokesman for the European Commission said on Thursday.

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08:36
FaceRig is the Animoji You Wish Apple Made

Animoji on the iPhone X is pretty cool, but with just a handful of emoji faces to choose from it feels a little limited—plus it works only in the Messages app. FaceRig is an app that fixes those problems by giving you loads of characters to choose from, and you can unlock more through credits you earn by using the app. It uses the iPhone X’s facial tracking feature to do its magic, plus you can record videos to share with friends. You can choose from characters that animate in sync with your movement, or masks that overlay your face. FaceRig is free, and it’s already eating up too much of my time.


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08:34
Apple blocks iOS app that claims to detect net...

Apple has reportedly rejected an app that claims to detect net neutrality violations and study which carriers throttle major video services. Motherboard reports that researcher David Choffnes says his app Wehe was rejected by the App Store for apparently offering no benefit to the user, but the app’s promise sounds rather straightforward…

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08:29
Intel admits reboot issues in Spectre patch affects...




Following Intel's release of patches to combat the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in its chips, the processor producer has confirmed that reports of PCs rebooting are not limited to just older chip generations, with newer releases also confirmed to be susceptible to rebooting when using the updated firmware.

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07:47
Facebook Messenger bug causing iPhone freezes when...




Some people using Facebook Messenger on iOS devices are finding themselves unable to type more than a few words in a single line before the app freezes, according to reports.

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07:44
Hands-on: Ugreen’s 20000mAh MFi Power Bank with...

We’ve reviewed several Ugreen products in the past, but this is probably the most useful one that I’ve seen thus far. It’s a huge 20,000 mAh MFi Power Bank, which is capable of recharging your iPhone five times over. That in and of itself is nice, but the real benefit of this particular USB power pack is its built-in Lightning cable, which easily tucks away inside the unit for storage. more…

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Portkey Games shares new trailer for second iOS...

WB’s Portkey Games is bringing two different Harry Potter titles to iOS this year, and today some fresh details along with a new trailer have been released for Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery.

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07:38
Tim Cook: iPhone Owners Didn’t Pay Attention to...

Apple CEO Tim Cook says users may not have paid attention to details about the iPhone update that fixed a battery-related crashing problem at the expense of performance.


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07:34
Cook says 'people weren't paying attention...

In an interview with ABC News to tout Apple’s new jobs strategy, second U.S. campus, and repatriation of some $250 billion in overseas cash, Tim Cook also spoke for the first time about the iPhone battery issue, offering an apology, a little blame, and an upcoming fix.

Apple has already come clean on its practice of slowing down older iPhones to prevent against unnecessary shutdowns, but Cook put a slightly different spin on things, saying “a lot of people weren’t paying attention” when Apple originally released the iOS 10.2.1 update that started throttling chip speeds. At the time, this is what Apple had to say in a...

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Tips: How to make Windows 10 install media on macOS...




Apple stripped the ability to make Windows 10 install media from a flash drive or external SSD in Sierra, but sometimes, you still need to be able to do it from a Microsoft-provided download. AppleInsider shows you how to do it.

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07:12
News: Cook apologizes for lack of clarity on iPhone...

In an interview with ABC News, Apple CEO Tim Cook apologized for Apple’s failure to more effectively communicate its reasoning behind slowing down older iPhones with deteriorating batteries. When asked about the incident, Cook explained that Apple’s motivation behind the move was entirely on the user experience of ensuring users’ iPhones wouldn’t unexpectedly shutdown during seemingly normal usage such as making an emergency…

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07:03
Payment schedule finally agreed for Apple’s Irish...

It’s now 17 months since EU regulators ordered Ireland to recover €13B ($15B) from Apple in underpaid taxes, and a payment schedule has finally been agreed on.

Payments will begin in March, and continue through to September, meaning that the bill will finally be settled in full some two years after the ruling. That won’t, however, be the end of the matter …

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06:48
Apple Is Blocking an App That Detects Net Neutrality...

dmoberhaus writes: Apple isn't allowing a new app developed by a university professor that detects when your internet is being throttled by ISPs from being listed on the app store. The company claimed the app contained "objectionable content" and "has no direct benefits to the user." The reporter, who tested the app through the beta channel, writes: The app is designed to test download speeds from seven apps: YouTube, Amazon, NBCSports, Netflix, Skype, Spotify, and Vimeo. According to the app, my Verizon LTE service streamed YouTube to my iPhone at 6 Mbps, Amazon Prime video at 8 Mbps, and Netflix at 4 Mbps. It downloaded other data at speeds of up to 25 Mbps.


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06:41
Latest Apple Pay promotion offers 20% off SpotHero...

We’ve seen a wave of Apple Pay promotions recently, and SpotHero is the latest app to participate. SpotHero lets you pre-pay for parking garage access and valet service in major cities across the US.

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06:40
Apple will give users the option to control their...

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Apple announced big economic plans yesterday, but CEO Tim Cook also touched upon what the company will do in the future to address the grievances brought by users about its recent iPhone performance-slowing controversy. In an interview with ABC News, Cook said that new software updates will allow users with older iPhones to turn off the power management feature that intentionally slows down device performance.

"We will tell someone we're reducing your performance by some amount in order to not have an...

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06:38
Apple to start paying about $14.5 billion in taxes...

Ireland’s Public Accounts Committee will begin collecting €13 billion (about $14.5 billion) from Apple in March, with payments expected to continue through September, according to RTÉ.

In a letter to the Committee, Department of Finance Secretary General Derek Moran said the funds will be held in an escrow account and that it will be in place by the end of March. 

“Given the scale and the bespoke nature of the establishment of the recovery process at this stage it is not possible to provide a definite date for the completion of the collection of the alleged aid,” he said. “However, identification of the escrow agent/custodian by the end of March 2018 will then allow for a payment into the escrow fund account, with payments continuing through the course of April, May and June and up to the end of September 2018.”

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06:30
Apple joins other tech companies in urging...




Apple and a number of other large technology companies are continuing to resist President Donald Trump's efforts to change U.S. immigration policy, urging the Trump administration to keep a program that allows the spouses of highly-skilled immigrants to work in the country.

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06:30
News: Daily Deal: mStand360 Laptop Stand with Swivel...

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering the mStand360 Laptop Stand with Swivel Base for only $49.99 — that’s 16% off the regular price. This stylish stand transforms your MacBook into a stable workstation that not only gives you comfortable ergonomics, but also helps you spontaneously share ideas with others at the push of a finger. A solid single aluminum base provides stability and acts as a heat sink to cool your computer and improve…

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06:26
Note pad that reveals delicate and exquisite models...

These are beautiful. Not necessarily practical, but absolutely worth a look.

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06:23
Safari 11 tips and tricks

Apple Insider pulls together the details on what’s new with Safari 11 on both iOS and macOS. Don’t miss the video embedded at the top of the Apple Insider post.

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06:21
The end of the conference era

Marco Arment:

Having attended (and sometimes spoken at) many of these conferences over the years, I can’t deny the feeling I’ve had in the last couple of years that the era of the small Apple-ish developer-ish conference is mostly or entirely behind us.

And:

It’s getting increasingly difficult for organizers to sell tickets, in part because it’s hard to get big-name speakers without the budget to pay them much (which would significantly drive up ticket costs, which exacerbates other problems), but also because conferences now have much bigger competition in connecting people to their colleagues or audiences.

Marco digs into the why’s of this change. Good read.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:17
The best smart thermostats of 2018

If you are in the market for a smart thermostat, this is a solid read. The Ecobee4 and 3rd generation Nest are editor’s choices.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:15
macOS: How to Use “Reload Page from Origin” in Safari

Safari’s built-in “Reload Page from Origin” feature can be really helpful if you can’t seem to get a site to work properly, as it’ll force your Mac to bypass any cached information it has and load the page anew. All the details are here in today’s Quick Tip!


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06:12
Apple patent hints at OLED displays for Macs (...

Apple has filed for a patent (number 20180019371) for “Quantum dot spacing for high efficiency displays,” which promises quantum dot pixel displays on all its devices. The displays would offer “pure color,” provide a faster response time, and use less energy. And, eventually, they’ll come to the Mac.

So far the only products Apple makes with an OLED are the Apple Watch and iPhone X. Other iPhones, iPads and Macs use LCD technology, which offers lower manufacturing costs.

Apple is reportedly considering Chinese firm BOE as a supplier of screens for upcoming iPhones. The Cupertino, California-based company seems to be looking or ways to shore up its OLED supplies as the iPhone transitions from LCD to OLED displays. 

However, it may be a while before we see iPads and, especially, Macs with such screens. They’re...

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06:10
Inventec begins shipping long-awaited HomePods

Taipei Times:

Inventec Corp, one of the two assemblers for Apple Inc’s HomePod, has started shipping the US company’s long-awaited “smart” speaker with an initial shipment of about 1 million units, industry sources said.

I’m really interested in learning what features will ship with this first version of HomePod.

Obviously, the music capabilities will be first and foremost. But how much of Siri will be available? Will HomePod’s Siri be limited in any way? Will HomePod’s Siri domain be more detailed when it comes to music?

How will updates be handled? Will HomePod be linked to my iPhone, with a HomePod app for handling settings/updates like my Apple Watch?

How will HomePod distinguish itself from existing products like the Amazon Echo and Google Home? What is the value proposition here? How would a consumer justify the extra cost?

I’m very much looking forward to getting one, seeing all this for myself.

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