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Sunday May 28

19:51
Editorial: A disappearing computer so big it's...




A week away from WWDC17, there's much anticipation about what Apple might show: new Macs, iPads, a Siri Speaker, future insights on the company's vision for iPhones, Apple TV, Health, Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence. Yet even before anything is revealed at WWDC, there's already a tremendously vast presence in computing that appears to have gone unnoticed.

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18:32
Death knell sounds for last 17-inch MacBook Pro...




Effective June 30, Apple will add the last of the 17-inch MacBook Pros to its running list of vintage and obsolete products, ending a lineage of large-screen portables that began in 2003 with the 17-inch G4 Powerbook.

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14:21
Logic Pros: How to send MIDI from Logic Pro X to iOS...

Today we will be taking a look at how to wirelessly transmit MIDI data to and from your iOS devices. And more specifically, how to easily integrate iOS gear into your daily Logic Pro X production workflows. more…

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08:44
∞ World’s heaviest weight

This is really geeky and really cool.

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08:36
Secure Document Syncing, Splitting Audio & More...

Thunderbolt 3 Docks, Quick PrefPane Access, the best iOS PDF viewer, splitting audio files, and finding your lyrics. THAT’s what your two favorite geeks start with this week… and then they go from there! Press play and enjoy.


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07:30
Working Theory In Jet Crash: IPhone In Cockpit Is To...

Apple Insider reports:
Apple on Friday said that it's open to cooperation with French authorities, who are exploring the possibility that two of the company's devices were linked to the crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 in 2016. The flight's first officer may have plugged an iPhone 6s and an iPad mini 4 into the wrong socket in the jet's cockpit, French officials told Le Parisien. That may have triggered runaway heat, in turn sparking a fire.

At the moment, the investigation is being helped by an engineer from the French National Center for Scientific Research, as well as two people fron the French defense ministry, including a physics professor and an engineer specializing in batteries. Results from the investigation should be submitted by Sept. 30. Apple told the Parisien that it wasn't aware of evidence linking its devices to the EgyptAir disaster.

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02:30
Get Free Bitcoins from 23 Faucets That Pay

Bryan Chaffin explains how Bitcoin faucets work and which faucets you can trust to pay. [Update: More confirmed faucets, new testing faucets, and other edits. – Bryan]


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Saturday May 27

22:17
Apple Park 3D models, walkways, more show up in...




Apple in a recent update to Apple Maps enhanced coverage of the Apple Park campus area in Cupertino, Calif., with the app now displaying 3D building models, walkways and other points of interest across the sprawling grounds.

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22:03
Researchers find a more effective way to test self-...

It's tricky to test self-driving cars. Even if you have hundreds of thousands of miles under your belt, it's still difficult to account for every possible real-world peril. Researchers think they can fast-track that experience, however. They've devel...

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19:25
Mind-controlled bionic hand can help stroke patients...

A team of scientists from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have proven that the mind-controlled device they developed can help stroke survivors regain control of their hands. Stroke typically causes paralysis on one side of t...

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17:58
The original 'Crazy Taxi' is free to play...

If you've ever wanted to understand the fuss over Crazy Taxi but didn't want to spend money on a piece of gaming history, you now have your chance. Sega has made it free to play both the Android and iOS versions of the original title, giving you a s...

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16:59
Opera Says Their iOS Updates Are Still Coming - Just...

Slashdot reader BrianFagioli has posted an update about his communication with Opera over their plans for iOS. They'd originally tweeted Thursday that "at this moment we don't have a team working on IOS which is why we haven't released any updates." But Friday they clarified that "It does not mean we give up development on iOS. It's just that now our resources are on Android."

They reiterated that point in an email.
We would like to clarify that Opera does not abandon iOS... We plan to keep developing it as Opera Min[i] provides unique features that other browsers do not have, such as data saving for both webpages and video, ad-blocking, built-in newsfeed etc. And people love using it. As most of the engineering resources are now on Android, our update on iOS is slow at this moment. Please bear with us and do stay tune for our next updates.

The tweet Friday also emphasized that "We will update iOS for sure."

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16:25
Google says it would cost too much to gather wage...

The Department of Labor will have to keep bugging Google for the salary records it's been asking for, because the tech titan keeps refusing to hand them over. Those records might be able to prove once and for all whether Mountain View truly pays wome...

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16:07
Kaspersky to US: Check Our Source Code


Cybersecurity expert Eugene Kaspersky reportedly has volunteered to turn over his company's software source code to allay fears about possible ties with the Russian government. Kaspersky made the offer public at CeBIT Australia last week. Some U.S. officials have expressed concerns that Kaspersky Lab might have a close working relationship with the Russian government. Kaspersky five years ago replaced a number of high-level managers with people who had ties to Russia's military or intelligence services, according to reports.

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14:57
Construction starts on the world's largest...

After several years of planning and no shortage of financial anxiety, construction has officially started on the Extremely Large Telescope. Contractors are now building the main structure and dome of the Chile-based observer ahead of its initial ser...

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13:26
Google's AlphaGo retires from competition

To say that AlphaGo had a great run in the competitive Go scene would be an understatement: it has just defeated the world's number 1 Go player, Ke Jie, in a three-part match. Now that it has nothing left to prove, the AI is hanging up its boots and...

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12:01
Memorial Day Weekend at Apple World Today

It's Memorial Day weekend, the time when we pay our respects to those who laid down their lives in defense of our country. This weekend also marks the unofficial beginning of summer in the U.S., with temperatures in many places beginning to get to the point that shorts, t-shirts and sandals are replacing the warmer gear. The staff here at AWT will be enjoying this three-day weekend with our friends and families, and hope that you'll do the same. We'll be back to a normal busy editorial calendar on Tuesday, May 30. 

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12:00
The search for a habitable second Earth

Contact with extraterrestrial life would be an epochal event. Even the discovery of a simple alien organism would be transformative, giving us unprecedented insight into how life forms on Earth and other planets. Yet, there's exactly zero proof that...

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10:28
British Airways IT failure cancels many flights out...

Airline glitches and the ensuing pandemonium are nothing new, but they've just hit one of the world's largest travel hubs. British Airways has suffered a global IT system failure so serious that it cancelled all its flights out of London's Heathrow a...

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09:30
Recommended Reading: The bright future of free over-...

Free Over-the-Air TV
Is Going to Get Better
James K. Willcox,
Consumer Reports

Thanks to a new standard known as ATSC 3.0, over-the-air TV broadcasts will include all the newfangled tech like 4K and HDR. Consumer Reports has the run down on what t...

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09:28
A fascinating graphic novel about the origins of...

I would love to read this not just for the story telling style of a graphic novel but because, even in middle age, I have a soft spot for D&D and would play it again this weekend if I could.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:35
Report: Carry-on laptop & tablet ban may be...

Earlier this year, the United States government enacted a new policy that prevents tablets and laptops from being carried in carry-on baggage on flights to the United States from eight countries. Now, The Department of Homeland Security is reportedly considering expanding the ban to include flights departing from the United States…

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08:17
A year of Google & Apple maps

Some very interesting and very geeky comparisons between the two mapping services. I can confirm what he says about TomTom. My motorcycle GPS is a TomTom and frankly, it’s often not very good.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:12
These MacBook Air/Pro, AirPort Express and iPhone...

Apple will soon be making a handful of older products obsolete, meaning they will lose repair support at Apple Retail Stores and Authorized Service Providers. As detailed in an internal document, select MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, AirPort Express, and iPhone models will become obsolete starting on June 30th…

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08:03
Apple Orchard Road opens in Singapore

Apple Orchard Road in Singapore opened Saturday to thousands of customers who queued to explore Apple’s first store in Southeast Asia. Customers were greeted by Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail, and the store’s 237 employees when doors opened at 10 a.m. (local time).

The 120-foot glass facade blurs the barrier between inside and out, while 16 interior trees continue the city’s lush greenery throughout the space. Photo courtesy of Apple.

The store sports high-flung lighted ceilings, familiar wooden display tables, tree planters and a large, centrally-located television screen. Twin curved Castagna stone staircases are the architectural highlight of the store. A 25-foot canopy protects Apple Orchard Road from tropical sunlight and provides shelter from the rain.

Apple will soon have 498 retail stores in 22 countries and an online store available in 39 countries. Apple Stores around the world welcome over 1 million customers a day...

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08:03
Google now knows when its users go to the store and...

To say the very least, this is incredibly creepy.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:00
'Fallen London' and the secret to writing...

Writing a video game is nothing like penning a novel. But writing a never-ending, nonlinear, text-driven video game about a hellish alternate London stuffed with gothic intrigue and nearly a decade of backstory? That's a different beast altogether....

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07:57
Patent troll hits Apple w/ three lawsuits over...

Apple is no stranger to lawsuits from patent trolls, having been a target numerous times in the past. Now, the company has been hit with a trio of patent infringement lawsuits from Uniloc, a non-practicing entity who has filed the suits in the patent troll-friendly Eastern Texas District Court. Uniloc alleges that Apple infringes upon its patents with AirPlay, autodial, and battery charging…

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07:53
Patent trollin’: Uniloc sues Apple yet again

Another day, another lawsuit. AppleInsider reports that Uniloc, a “patent troll,” has filed suit — actually, suits — against Apple claiming, naturally, patent infringment.

Filed with the patent holder friendly Eastern Texas District Court, Uniloc's three lawsuit alleges infringement of three patents reassigned from Hewlett-Packard and 3Com that involve a method by which a temperature sensor is used to monitor battery heat during charge and discharge events. Current is subsequently limited to prevent overheating and extend the life of the battery. Uniloc claims the Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Apple Watch all use temperature sensors to moderate battery charge and draw, and infringe the patents. 

A “patent troll” is an individual or an organization that purchases and holds patents for unscrupulous purposes such as stifling...

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07:15
This week’s top stories: iPhone 8 Touch ID &...

In this week’s top stories: iPhone 8 Touch ID & pricing reports, 10.5-inch iPad Pro leaks, HomeKit & CarPlay news, Apple Watch gets new Nike bands, and much more.

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06:54
Apple officially opens new Singapore retail store to...

As expected, Apple today officially opened its first retail location in Singapore. After nearly two years of anticipation, the store finally opened to the public today, showcasing a gorgeous design as part of Apple’s next-generation retail store rollout.

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06:30
ICYMI: Control D-ing this show

Today on In Case You Missed It: When this show was announced on Engadget two years ago, we promised to find you the offbeat tech and science news you might have missed while following the previous day's big headlines. I've felt a great responsibi...

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05:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend. If you have an extra day off, then that may provide time to catch up on our new Tomorrow section, plus the latest Google Search feature and Apple's plan for AI.

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01:34
Amazon UK's new video options will require a TV...

Live TV viewers in the UK are supposed to pay a fee that supports services and content from the BBC. Lately, despite changes that closed the "iPlayer loophole," that still doesn't apply to people who only watch streaming video on-demand, so some cord...

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Friday May 26

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




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

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




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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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


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

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

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15:21
Macs top Consumer Reports' reliability surveys

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Apple AI chip is...

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

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

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

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

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14:38
AWT News Update: May 26, 2017

Apple Neural Engine

Coming soon to an AI near you...

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

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

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

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

The text version...

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14:30
What to expect at Computex 2017

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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13:24
News: Apple developing dedicated AI chip

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

more…

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

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

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13:00
External Link: Walt Mossberg Signs Off

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

 

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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11:52
Apple News is getting an editor in chief

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

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:49
∞ Apple video: Earth Day 2017

Much respect for your environmental efforts, Apple.

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

Flying cars are dumb.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

∞ Read this on The Loop

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

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

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

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

Thanks to Letter Opener for sponsoring The Loop this week.

Letter Opener for macOS

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

Letter Opener for macOS Mail

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

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

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

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




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

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08:51
Tips for working out with Apple Watch

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

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

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


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08:17
iPhone 8 Cases Already for Sale on Alibaba

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


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




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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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07:40
Opera Abandons iOS Platform

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


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07:40
Opera Slows Its Development On The iOS Platform

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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06:10
Apple updates iMovie, Final Cut Pro

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

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

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

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