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Sunday February 26

03:27
BBEdit 11.6.4

Fixes a number of bugs in the venerable text editor ($49.99 new, free update, 14.1 MB)

 

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Saturday February 25

22:27
Editorial: The future of Steve Jobs' iPad...




In 2010, Steve Jobs introduced the first iPad as a new product category between the smartphone and notebook. It ended up dramatically shifting demand in the PC industry, but sales have since plateaued. Here's what Apple can do, has done and is doing to build iPad into the Post-PC future of computing.

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22:15
Get Free Bitcoins from 11 Faucets That (Still) Pay

We’ve upgraded our Bitcoin Faucet Guide with 11 faucets that still pay out. Bryan Chaffin explains how they work and shows you which faucets you can trust to pay when they say they will. [Updated with a new faucet I’m testing]


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21:32
Review: eero Wi-Fi is a solid option for Apple'...




With the rumor that Apple is discontinuing Airport and Time Machine Wi-Fi products, it leaves some users looking for new solutions. One new option might be Eero, one of the latest entrants in the field.

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21:19
Lowest price anywhere! Space Gray 15" MacBook...




Shoppers this week can exclusively save $350 on Apple's upgraded Late 2016 15" Touch Bar MacBook Pro in Space Gray with Radeon 455 graphics and no tax collected outside NY and NJ. Apple's 13" MacBook Pro is also $1,329 ($170 off) with our exclusive coupon.

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20:28
Tinderbox 7.0

Major new release for the personal content assistant adds a number of new features. ($249 new, free update, 30.3 MB)

 

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18:42
How to Turn Siri into a Metronome (Video)

I love this! Drummer Richy Ramirez posted a video to Instagram where he used Siri as his metronome. Really, he used her as both metronome and backing track. It’s clever and entertaining, both, and I love the beat he lays down on top. Check it out.

Apple just called me and said Siri is looking for a drummer… lol this was a blast! #siricollab

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12:14
Review: CalDigit Thunderbolt 3 TS3 Lite dock for...




A bevy of Thunderbolt 3 docks for the 2016 MacBook Pro have arrived, and AppleInsider takes a look at the first one to cross our test bench -- the CalDigit TS3 Lite.

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10:40
DebianDog Is a Useful Pocket Pup


DebianDog offers a lot of functionality and customization that frees users from many of the restrictions of a Linux community tied up in developmental red tape. DebianDog is fast and focused on getting work done without a lot of distractions. However, it also is a disorganized desktop environment that can leave new users floundering. For example, the main menu is a mashup of standard system tools, DebianDog-specific utilities, Debian software, and tools to import some Puppy Linux software that's not designed to run on a Debian-based distro.

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10:20
Apple shifts policy, says third-party screen repairs...

Apple is apparently changing its long-standing policy regarding third-party iPhone screen repairs. According to a memo sent to Apple retail employees, a customer having their device’s screen repaired by a third-party source no longer voids their warranty like it once did…

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09:44
Seiko to re-release the watch worn by Steve Jobs in...

One of the most iconic photographs of Steve Jobs shows him sitting on the floor in this Woodside, California home while holding the first Macintosh in his lap. On his wrist in that image is a very simplistic Seiko watch that has drawn a fair amount of attention, especially since the release of the Apple Watch.

Seiko has now announced plans to re-release the iconic watch…

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09:02
Apple prompting iOS 10.3 users to enable two-factor...

Apple has started prompting iOS 10.3 beta users to enable two-factor authentication with a new push notification. The prompt has only started appearing over the last 24 hours or so and seems to have hit most users in the middle of the night last night.

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07:46
Become Tech Savvy: Navigating iOS with ease

First time checking out this series? You’ll get the most value by starting at the beginning, however you can also use the series overview if you’d like to go buffet style.

Note for regular readers, the already tech savvy, and IT professionals: this series is designed as a resource you can share with those you are helping or for those looking to become tech savvy on their own.

How to navigate iOS with confidence and ease
Background, Expectations, & Best Practices

Now that we’ve got the priorities of backing up your information and password management addressed it’s time to focus on becoming more confident in the everyday use of your devices. In today’s post we’re going to focus on the iOS...

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07:40
Rare iPod Classic prototype with red internal board...

A rare prototype second-generation iPod Classic has made its way to eBay this weekend. Offered up by user “TheAppleGuru,” the device has a red internal board dated 2002. The neat piece of product is currently listed for a whopping $99,995.

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06:41
This week’s top stories: Red iPhone 7, Apple Park,...

In this week’s top stories: Apple’s new campus gets a name, red iPhone 7 and 128GB iPhone SE rumors, revolutionary 3D iPhone 8 camera, and new unlimited data plans compared.

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06:00
Get your BlackBerry MWC 2017 liveblog right here

It's February, which can mean only one thing: the MWC tanks are rolling into Barcelona. We're expecting to see a lot of new phones and tablets, and the fun starts right here, later today with BlackBerry (via TCL of course). We're expecting to see the...

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05:00
Mobile games generated more than twice as much as...

Mobile app data and insights company, App Annie, and the International Data Corporation (IDC) research group have uunveiled a special joint report entitled, Gaming Spotlight, 2016 Review. The report analyzes the mobile video games market in 2016 from several vantage points and puts it in a broader, global gaming industry context.

"2016 was the best year yet for mobile games, with consumers spending nearly 25% more than the year prior," says Danielle Levitas, senior vice president of Research at App Annie. "The breakout success of Pokémon GO propelled mobile games further ahead of consoles, PC/Mac, and handheld consoles. As augmented and virtual reality technologies continue to emerge, we expect mobile will remain the largest revenue-generating platform for games."

Although games represented about 35% of total Apple App Store and Google Play app downloads...

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05:00
Al Gore Sells $29.5 Million In Apple Stock

An anonymous reader quotes a report from AppleInsider: A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Friday reveals Apple board member Al Gore this week sold 215,437 shares of Apple stock (APPL) worth about $29.5 million. Gore's stock sale, which was accomplished in multiple trades ranging from $136.4 to $137.12 on Wednesday, nearly matches a $29.6 million purchase of Apple shares made in 2013. When Gore bought the stock batch more than four years ago, he exercised Apple's director stock option to acquire 59,000 shares at a price of about $7.48 per share, costing him approximately $441,000. This was pre-split AAPL, so shares were valued at $502.68 each. Following today's sale, Gore owns 230,137 shares of Apple stock worth $31.5 million at the end of trading on Friday.


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05:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Letter from the Editor

It's been a banner week for Nintendo fanboys and girls, what with the company's new console finally making its way into reviewers' hands -- and giving Nintendophiles their first extended look at the Switch. Naturally, Engadget...

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04:30
TrendForce: iPhone 8 release is one of the most...

The next major iPhone release will certainly be one of the most anticipated events in the global consumer electronics market in the second half of 2017, according to TrendForce. The research group’s recent findings on the 10th anniversary iPhone release reveal that Apple’s latest refresh of the device series will include three new models, with one of them having significant hardware and design upgrades such as an AMOLED display.

TrendForce estimates that the production volume of the next iPhone devices for this year will reach at least 100 million units, of which the model with the AMOLED display will make up the greatest share. The production volume of all iPhone devices for 2017 is projected to total around 230 million units, representing an annual increase of almost 6%.

Next high-end iPhone will be the first in the series to feature AMOLED display in addition to other major design changes

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04:00
Gartner: personal assistants such as Siri keep...

A new Gartner mobile apps survey shows that the number of consumers using messaging apps and personal assistant apps such as Apple’s Siri is continuing to grow. The survey showed that 35% of respondents said they used virtual personal assistants (VPAs) in 2016, up four percentage points from 2015. Seventy-one percent of respondents used messaging apps, a 3% increase in 2016.

"We are witnessing the beginning of the post-app era based on the evidence that users are starting to use fewer apps actively on their smartphones," says Jessica Ekholm, research director at Gartner. "At the end of 2016, only 33% of survey respondents used six to 10 apps a month, which is down 6.2% from a year ago."

Users want rich and engaging app experiences and are increasingly looking for apps that can offer a multitude of services without users having to leave the app itself, she adds. This supports the move toward messaging and VPAs, and “...

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03:05
PSA: That Razer esports sponsorship email is a scam

So, you stream your gameplays and recently received a lucrative sponsorship offer via email from popular esports platform Team Razer. Exciting, right? Unfortunately, it's nothing but a scam -- that email is actually from a cyber criminal and not a "s...

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01:05
This week on AI: 3D facial recognition for '...




New iPhones may still be 7 months away, but that didn't stop a host of 'iPhone 8' rumors from emerging this week. Apple meanwhile revealed the name and opening date of its new headquarters, Apple Park, and one rumor teased the possibility of an "iPad Pro 2" and more at a March event.

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00:37
Apple, other tech giants will support transgender...

Several tech titans plan to sign an amicus (friend of the court) brief in support of a 17-year-old transgender student's fight in court, according to Axios. Apple, Microsoft, IBM, PayPal, eBay, Airbnb, Box, Yelp, GitHub, Salesforce, Slack and Tumblr...

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Friday February 24

20:59
Security error leaves NY airport servers unprotected...

In this day and age, hacks and subsequent leaks of user data would seemingly shock everyone into keeping their security up to date. Not so for New York's Stewart International Airport, located 60 miles north of Manhattan, which left its server backup...

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20:38
Twitch will let you change your username every two...

Starting today, you can change your Twitch username. What's more, you can do it every 60 days, and, seemingly as a shot at Microsoft and Xbox Live, it won't cost you a dime to swap from "FluffyJungle9991" to something a that's easier to commit to mem...

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20:01
First Unity-built cartoon proves the engine isn...

As the NBA's eSports league proves, video games are quickly becoming mainstream. Games are having a moment, and so are the tools used to make them. Case in point, the Unity game engine recently reached a big milestone. French animated show Mr. Carton...

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19:17
Stanford’s ‘Developing iOS 10 Apps with Swift’ free...

iTunes U pushed a version of Developing iOS 10 Apps with Swift. The free iOS tutorial series from the Stanford School of Engineering has been updated for iOS 10 and the current version of Swift. Reader Rick Allen turned me onto this release, calling it, “a great and free resource,” which seems like a great reason to pass it on. Reviews on iTunes are overwhelmingly good, too. The description says the 14-part course covers UI design, memory management, a model-view-controller paradigm, object-oriented databases, animation, power management, multi-threading, networking, and performance. And it’s free through iTunes U.


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19:17
Uber's credibility crisis is getting harder to...

The latest ripple effect from recent reports of ingrained sexism within Uber is that the engineer who originally wrote about them now says someone is trying to dig up dirt on her. Susan Fowler tweeted that "Research for the smear campaign has begun,"...

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18:04
Elon Musk thinks unions are bad for Tesla

Last night, tunneling fan CEO Elon Musk sent an email to Tesla employees firing back against allegations of poor working conditions and low pay. He rebutted claims made by Jose Moran, a production worker at the company's Fremont factory, that mandato...

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17:20
iPhone Screen Repairs By Third Parties Now Get Some...

Apple recently decided iPhone screen repairs by third-parties don’t fully void your warranty anymore. Affected iPhone will also qualify for warranty coverage as long as the repair isn’t related to the third-party display itself. Before, iPhones with third-party displays weren’t eligible for authorized repair under warranty from an Apple Authorized Service Provider.


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17:07
FCC head puts the brakes on new ISP privacy rules

In the latest chip at net neutrality, Federal Communications Commission has Chairman Ajit Pai has moved to put a halt to a set of privacy rules designed to shield customers' personal data from internet service providers.

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17:00
Apple board member Al Gore sells $29.5M of company...




A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Friday reveals Apple board member Al Gore this week sold 215,437 shares of AAPL stock worth about $29.5 million.

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16:56
Amazon Goes with First Amendment to Protect Alexa...

Amazon filed a motion to block a search warrant demanding recordings from an Echo in its ongoing fight to protect user privacy. The warrant is part of a Bentonville, Arkansas homicide investigation, and Amazon says communication with the Echo and its Alexa voice interface are protected as free speech by the First Amendment.


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16:29
Apple Inc. valuation now more than $134 billion...




Shares of Apple are collectively worth $713.96 billion as of today's market close, while the market cap of Alphabet Inc (which includes Google) closed today at $579.15 billion, a difference of $134.81 billion. However, Google's search results still point to year-old stories touting Google briefly surpassing Apple in market cap twice last spring.

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16:06
Facebook claims a technical error automatically...

Were you logged out of Facebook earlier today? You weren't alone. A rash of folks were signed out of their account and some were told that their accounts may have been compromised. As such, the social network locked access and sent out password reset...

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15:34
Third-party iPhone screen repairs no longer void...




In an apparent policy shift, Apple recently notified store technicians that third-party iPhone screen repairs no longer void the handset's standard warranty as long as the unauthorized fix does not damage the casing or other related components.

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15:28
An App that Automatically Notifies People of Your...

I had an interesting app cross my desk this week called I’m Coming. It’s a GPS-based app that will automatically send updates to people letting them know how far away you are. For instance, you’re driving across country to visit your family. I’m Coming will notify the people you designate on your progress. No texts to and from you while you’re driving. And your family doesn’t have to bug you or wait for you to let them know where you are. Or, you’re driving across town for an important meeting. Same thing, rather than (illegal) texts in the middle of city driving, I’m Coming will notify your peers. It’s an interesting idea that I haven’t seen in an app. It lets you save both your contacts and trips, and users can customize their messages, notification intervals, and profile. This app was developed by Don Kimenker—long-term Mac fans might remember him as the publisher of MacAddict magazine. The app is a free download—some features require an in-app purchase of $2.99...

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14:54
Google is shutting down Spaces

Google's oh-so-brief Spaces experiment didn't even last a year before the company decided to shut it down. According to a note from the Spaces team today, they've made a "tough decision" and the group-sharing social network will lock down in read-onl...

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14:51
Apple and Silicon Valley Struggle to Navigate Trump’...

In the weeks since his inauguration, there has been much discussion about President Trump’s relationship with the media. Rightly so. Media is not alone in feeling the affects of the chaotic political climate that we are currently experiencing. The ramifications are also clear in tech, where companies have struggled with balancing politics and business, even as the two intersect one another like never before.


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14:43
The Thinking Behind a Female Voice for Siri

Siri started out with a female voice exclusively, but now it can be changed to male. Alexa uses only a female voice. Cortana’s voice, for now, is strictly female. Why is that? Is it sexism? Is it for better intelligibility? John looks into the matter.


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14:37
Cloudflare data leakage doesn’t reveal 1Password...

Researchers discovered just a few days ago that the content-distribution network (CDN) Cloudflare sometimes returned garbled Web pages that could contain private and secret information instead of the cached data that it was supposed to. CDNs speed up the Web by allowing sites to push pages and media to Internet nodes closer to a user requesting them. (PCWorld has the full story.)

Among the sites mentioned by Tavis Ormandy, a Google Project Zero security researcher who uncovered the fault, was AgileBit’s 1Password.com, though Ormandy referred to it just as “1Password.” AgileBits’ 1Password password and data safe apps can be used as standalone products, synced via Dropbox and other methods, or linked to paid accounts at 1Password.com for business and family purposes...

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14:30
How used cars became a security nightmare

Application security for connected cars is far less mature than anyone should be comfortable with. This was clear at the RSA information security conference last week in San Francisco, where two presentations demonstrated different ways cars can be r...

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14:16
Apple Daily Report for February 24, 2017

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, takes a trip. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

If you purchased a 12-inch MacBook or MacBook Pro with Retina display and have experienced issues with the anti-reflective coating wearing off or delaminating, Apple will repair the notebook free of charge, notes MacRumors.

For months, a bug in Cloudflare’s content optimization systems exposed sensitive information sent by users to websites that use the company’s content delivery network, according to Macworld. The data included passwords, session cookies, authentication tokens and even private messages.

iPhones that have undergone any...

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14:16
Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 24, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Gamious has announced that Turmoil, its tongue-in-cheek oil-drilling game, is available for the iPad. A simulation game set during the 19th century oil rush in North America, it was previously only available on PC and Mac. As of today the game is also available the iPad for $5.99.

Seavus has debuted a mobile iOS application for opening XER project schedules created in Oracle Primavera P6. PrimaveraReader 1.0 is a subscription-based iOS application and is targeted to those working remotely, such as project schedulers, team leads and...

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14:15
Google shuts Spaces, the content-sharing app you...

Last year Google announced a new app called Spaces with a simple goal: simplify the way we share things with people online. Sort of like a virtual room where you could connect with people to engage in specific topic of conversation, the experimental service was one of many in Google’s catalogue that failed to gain many users.

To the surprise of no one, Google has now announced it will be shuttering Spaces. In a post on Google+, product manager John Kilcine broke the news, saying that while Google has “learned a lot about how people come together to share ideas and content around any topic,” Spaces will be moving into read-only mode in the coming weeks before shutting down its iOS and Android apps completely on April 17...

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14:13
Enjoy Outdoors Activities With These Top 5 iPhone...

If you’re like Jeff Butts, spring fever is starting to hit. Maybe it’s the unseasonably warm weather much of the country has been enjoying. Whatever the cause, it’s time to start thinking about enjoying outdoors activities. So, Jeff has brought together his curated list of the top five apps for those outdoors excursions.


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13:37
Mac: SmallCubed Mail Act-On

For those who aren’t quite comfortable living entirely on the web, Apple’s macOS Mail is actually a pretty capable e-mail app, providing a nice, clean user interface and all of the features that most users would need. However, like most Apple apps, power users will probably find Apple Mail to be a bit light on more advanced features, which is where third-party developers come in with to fill the gaps with plugins to extend Mail’s functionality while preserving it’s straightforward design. SmallCubed’s Mail Act-On ($30) is at the top of our list of indispensable plugins that add significant power to the Apple Mail experience — allowing you to file messages into folders using only the keyboard, set up sophisticated “macros” using standard Apple Mail rules that can be triggered using keyboard shortcuts, and even creating rules that can be applied to outgoing messages. As if all of that wasn’t enough, Mail Act-On also bakes in the ability to create templates for quickly...

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13:34
A hands-on look at the jet black Apple Airpods by...

Apple’s AirPods come in just one color, but it was only a matter of time before ColorWare provided a colorful alternative to the all white earbuds. As we noted earlier this week, ColorWare is now accepting orders for Apple Airpods in a variety of solid or metallic colors in a matte or glossy finish.

Jonathan Morrison of TLD already got his mitts on ColorWare’s handy work, and he went for one of the most logical choices — a glossy black finish that closely resembles the Jet Black iPhone 7. more…

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13:11
'Halo' will bring back local multiplayer

When I critiqued Halo 5: Guardians, the lack of split-screen co-op was low on my list of gripes with the game. But that's not to say it wasn't a problem. In the lead-up to the 2015 game's release, developer 343 Industries crowed that there were no sa...

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12:46
Solar-powered drone switches from helicopter to...

Ever since the wobbly autogyro went out of fashion, engineers have tried designing a craft that gets the vertical lift of a helicopter's blades with the horizontal thrust of a plane is difficult to pull off. Popular successes, like the AV-8 Harrier s...

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12:26
Watch this 3D X-ray of the AirPods composited from...

The folks over at iFixit have once again teamed up with Creative Electron’s Bill Cardoso to bring us X-ray images of the latest hot Apple tech. This time around the subject of the X-ray images is Apple’s hard-to-get AirPods. But unlike previous images of the iPhone 7 Taptic Engine and Apple Watch S1 chip, Creative Electron has served up a unique 3D image that provides us with a remarkable detailed look inside the shell of the AirPods. more…

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12:19
Steamed Over Steam


Where would the PC gaming market be without Steam, the digital distribution platform that was developed by Valve Corporation more than a decade ago? It likely would be in worse shape than it is now, but that's not to say it would be bad. First, despite the repeated cries that "PC gaming is dead," the state of PC gaming is actually pretty good and PC gaming is very much alive because of Steam, which also offers digital rights management, multiplayer game hosting and social networking services. Valve can take a lot of the credit.

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11:53
Apple is investigating an iPhone 7 Plus that ‘blew...

A Twitter video of a smoking iPhone 7 Plus has gone viral, prompting Apple to investigate.

On Friday, Apple said that it was working with Brianna Olivas, who shared the video of her iPhone 7 Plus after it “blew up,” to try to find out the cause of the explosion. Olivas wrote that her rose gold iPhone 7 Plus, which she purchased from Sprint in January, “caught fire” while she was sleeping on Wednesday morning.

Her boyfriend moved the iPhone from the bed to the dresser before going to the bathroom. When he came back, the iPhone was “steaming” and making a “squealing noise” so he tossed it in the bathroom. That’s when the iPhone 7 Plus “blew up and more smoke started coming out.”

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11:51
Sling TV launches new Extra channel bundles

It's no secret that Sling wants to overthrow the sluggish cable providers. But as more an more people start cutting the cord, Sling is finding out that some of them aren't quite ready to ditch the channel packages that they're used to. Now, to cover...

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11:04
Arctic seed vault grows as defense against food...

In light of President Donald Trump's rise to power, some people are seriously worried about the planet's health. Count The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists among that group, since they recently pushed the Doomsday Clock to two and half minutes to mi...

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11:01
Amazon’s Echo First Amendment Rights Fight – TMO...

Amazon thinks smart home devices shouldn’t be used for government surveillance, and is going to court to keep Echo Alexa requests out of police hands. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at Amazon’s argument and the impact in-home listening products are having on freedom of speech and privacy.


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10:50
News: iDevices adds dynamic automation, enhanced...

iDevices has released a major update to iDevices Connected, the company’s app for controlling HomeKit-based devices, including its own Switch, Socket, and Thermostat devices. Version 3.0 of iDevices Connected adds support for HomeKit location triggers, as well as “characteristic” triggers that can initiate HomeKit scenes when another HomeKit device is controlled, such as activating an “arriving home” scene when unlocking…

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10:38
LG's ultralight Gram laptops now available...

One of the most exciting things we saw at CES 2017 was LG's 14-inch Gram laptop, particularly because of its lightweight design (2.3 pounds). Today, the company announced that the device is now available, along with the 13.3 and 15.6-inch versions. R...

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10:27
Linea sketching app for iPad updated with new Apple...

Last month The Iconfactory released Linea for iPad which is a really well crafted sketching app designed with iPad Pro and Apple Pencil in mind. The app made our weekly Friday 5 app pick video following its launch.

Now Linea is back with a new app update that includes further Apple Pencil support and optimization plus a few new features. Version 1.0.2 of Linea for iPad brings tilt support for every drawing tool included so you can take advantage of the Apple Pencil’s intelligent drawing features.

Linea 1.0.2 also includes a new Presentation Mode that works with Apple TV. Check out the full release notes...

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10:23
Jeep & Porsche reveal new vehicles equipped for...




Two major automakers, Jeep and Porsche, this week announced early details on new vehicles supporting Apple's CarPlay -- the latter company offering the platform on an unusually large 12.3-inch touchscreen.

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10:15
Everything you don't want to know about the...

Being a Nintendo fan is often an exercise in managing expectations. For years, we've watched the company just miss the mark with online services, third-party game availability and outdated hardware specifications. The frustration of seeing a company...

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09:57
Happy Hour Podcast 108 | Red iPhone 7 rumors, iPhone...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss the first HomeKit video camera, stock CarPlay, red iPhone 7 rumors, revolutionary iPhone 8 3D selfies, Apple Park, and more. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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09:50
'RollerCoaster Tycoon' finally goes 3D on...

With RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch, the beloved amusement park building series is moving beyond dated 2D graphics and into the modern world. It's strange to say this in 2017, but it's the first mobile version of the game to take advantage of 3D graphics...

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09:48
How to cancel an App Store subscription using your...




If you've subscribed to a service such as Netflix or Spotify through the App Store, and are now looking to terminate your subscription, it takes just a few simple steps to cancel. AppleInsider shows you how.

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09:45
iOS 10.2.1 might be the cure for your iPhone 6 and...

If your iPhone 6s, 6s, 6 Plus, or 6s Plus randomly shuts itself off, you probably thought a faulty battery was to blame. Widespread reports of this problem led to Apple launching an iPhone 6s Battery Replacement Program, but not all iPhones were eligible for the free battery replacement. That’s because the battery issue was a separate one. The random shutdowns plaguing previous iPhone versions are caused by a software bug, one that Apple says it fixed with iOS 10.2.1.

The problem didn’t affect the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, but some owners of 6, 6s, 6 Plus, and 6s Plus models were forced to plug their iPhones into a power outlet to get the devices to turn back on after a random shutdown.

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09:38
Amazon considering office suite to pilfer enterprise...




To combat Microsoft and Google, Amazon appears to be in the early stages of developing its own office suite, utilizing the power and ubiquity of its AWS platform to support it.

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09:32
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13″ MacBook Air $797, Samsung...

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09:24
Apple extending coverage of Retina MacBook displays...

In 2015 we reported on an issue with MacBook Retina displays that were seeing problems with the anti-reflective coating wearing off, which came to be known as ‘Staingate.’ Although some customers experienced the issue as early as 2012, Apple started covering the repair free of charge in 2015. Now, it seems that Apple has extended this coverage even further… more…

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09:24
Investors and employees aren't buying Uber...

Nobody was terribly surprised by revelations from former engineer Susan Fowler about a sexist, bro-centric Uber culture that protects "high performer" employees. And many folks aren't impressed by CEO Travis Kalanick's investigation into the matter b...

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09:22
1Password 6.6.1

Adds capability to customize Strong Password Generator settings directly from the Touch Bar on the 2016 MacBook Pro. ($64.99 new, free update, 47.4 MB)

 

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09:20
Android can’t compete with iMessage. Google is...

It’s hard to overstate how convenient I find iMessage. On the rare occasions I “see the green” when I text someone, it’s really deflating.

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09:14
What those little shapes on car bumpers are for

I’ve often wondered what those were.

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09:05
Updated Reverb app tries to bring Alexa to the...




While examining Reverb, AppleInsider determines Alexa in name only is no Alexa at all. The new app aims to bring Amazon's personal assistant to the Mac, but in our tests it fell short.

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09:02
∞ Macintosh, Midi, and Music circa 1988

You don’t have to be a music fan to enjoy this great video from 1988. See how many people you recognize in the video.

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09:00
The best password managers

By Joe Kissell

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08:57
Serious Cloudflare bug revealed secret user data...

For months, a bug in Cloudflare’s content optimization systems exposed sensitive information sent by users to websites that use the company’s content delivery network. The data included passwords, session cookies, authentication tokens and even private messages.

Cloudflare acts as a reverse proxy for millions of websites, including those of major internet services and Fortune 500 companies, for which it provides security and content optimization services behind the scenes. As part of that process, the company’s systems modify HTML pages as they pass through its servers in order to rewrite HTTP links to HTTPS, hide certain content from bots, obfuscate email addresses, enable Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) and more.

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08:56
My other favorite fictional detective

Earlier this week I posted about Jeremy Brett being my favorite Sherlock Holmes. I received a lot of great feedback from that, so I thought I’d tell you my other favorite fictional detective, Poirot.

David Suchet is absolutely spectacular in his depiction of Agatha Christie’s famous detective. I have watched these shows over and over again, enjoying them each time.

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08:49
Uber, Yelp, OKCupid among major iOS apps potentially...




Content delivery network Cloudflare has suffered a serious, months-long breach of user data, including content from thousands of websites and iOS apps Uber, Fitbit, Yelp, and OKCupid, according to reports.

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08:40
Treasure Trove of Internal Apple Memos Discovered in...

An anonymous reader shares a Gizmodo report: Peeking inside a book bin at a Seattle Goodwill, Redditor vadermeer caught an interesting, unexpected glimpse into the early days of Apple: a cache of internal memos, progress reports, and legal pad scribbles from 1979 and 1980, just three years into the tech monolith's company history. The documents at one point belonged to Jack MacDonald -- then the manager of systems software for the Apple II and III (in these documents referred to by its code name SARA). The papers pertain to implementation of Software Security from Apple's Friends and Enemies (SSAFE), an early anti-piracy measure. Not much about MacDonald exists online, and the presence of his files in a thrift store suggests he may have passed away, though many of the people included in these documents have gone on to long and lucrative careers. The project manager on SSAFE for example, Randy Wigginton, was Apple's sixth employee and has since worked for eBay, Paypal, and (somewhat...

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08:36
Jeep unveils 2017 Compass with CarPlay as Porsche...

Both Jeep and Porsche have unveiled new car models this week that work with Apple’s CarPlay infotainment feature. Porsche’s new hybrid also features Apple Watch support for charging timers.

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08:10
The NBA hopes VR will expand its audience

This year's NBA All-Star Weekend wasn't just about the iconic Slam Dunk Contest or the riveting game between the best players from the Eastern and Western conferences. Yes, these were certainly the main attractions for attendees and viewers at home,...

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07:59
Apple says iOS 10.2.1 mostly fixes unexpected...

Enlarge / The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

A couple of months ago, Apple acknowledged that some iPhone users were experiencing unexpected shutdowns—their phones would turn off before the battery was fully discharged and could only be turned back on if plugged in. These problems primarily affect the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and 6S and 6S Plus.

Apple released some fixes in iOS 10.2.1 in late January, though the company didn't specifically mention battery or shutdown issues in the release notes. But now that the update has been out...

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07:53
Friday 5: Overcast’s big update, a great companion...

In this installment of Friday 5, I discuss five iOS apps that are near and dear to me. Most of these apps I use everyday, and each one of them brings something unique to the table.

The list includes Overcast, the excellent podcast app that just recently received a massive upgrade. Also included is block.fm, a different type of app that brings easily-accessible Japanese music to the masses.

These, and three additional apps round-up this week’s edition of Friday 5. Watch our brief video walkthrough for a quick look into some of each app’s most compelling features. more…

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07:53
External Link: Keyboard Problems Reported in the...

Some owners of the 2016 MacBook Pro are reporting various problems with the built-in keyboard. Reported problems include non-functional keys, double-typed keys, high-pitched clicking when pressing keys, and keys with a non-uniform feel. Most of the complaints have been about the 15-inch Touch Bar model, but a few have been made about the 13-inch models as well. Apple is reportedly fixing or replacing affected units.

 

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07:51
External Link: Apple Park to Open in April

Apple’s new “spaceship” campus now has a name: Apple Park, and employees will begin relocating in April, a process that will take over six months. Construction of other buildings and parklands around the campus will continue throughout the summer. The 1000-seat theater at Apple Park will be named Steve Jobs Theater, after Apple's late CEO.

 

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07:50
Play both 'Banner Saga' games for free via...

Now here's an offer from Twitch and Banner Saga creator Stoic you can't refuse. Twitch Prime members (that is, anyone on Amazon Prime) can download the original Banner Saga for free right now, and on March 2nd, also get Banner Saga 2 gratis. But wait...

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07:33
Review: Mophie Juice Pack Air battery case for...

Mophie has long been considered a leader when it comes to iPhone battery cases, and for good reason. Its products in my experience usually have close enough to an Apple product-like finish to justify similarly high price points compared to the competition. Its new iPhone battery case came a few months after the latest device’s release, and I’ve been testing it in recent weeks to see how it compares to the alternatives and previous versions…

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07:33
You can now gamble while playing 'Frogger'

Konami has launched a version of Frogger that's suitable for gambling, which is now available to play in a casino. Frogger: Get Hoppin' is a skill-based title that enables players to wager money in exchange for testing their reflexes in the game. It'...

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07:26
Apple's Tim Cook marks Steve Jobs's 62nd...




Apple CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter on Friday to mark what would've been the 62nd birthday of his predecessor, company co-founder Steve Jobs.

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07:22
News: Apple reports that iOS 10.2.1 significantly...

In a statement provided to TechCrunch, Apple has indicated that improvements made in iOS 10.2.1 have addressed most of the problems with unexpected shutdowns that some iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s users were experiencing. Apple notes that approximately 50 percent of iOS devices are already using iOS 10.2.1 and that Apple has been receiving diagnostic data from users on that version revealing a reduction of over 80 percent on iPhone 6s devices, and over…

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07:20
The United Nations steps in to define 5G, ending a...

With mobile operators’ marketing departments already throwing around claims about their 5G services, the United Nations is weighing in with its definition of what qualifies a network as next-generation.

Verizon Wireless will begin delivering “5G” service to select users in 11 U.S. cities in mid-2017, even though some places don’t yet have access to 4G. And at the Mobile World Congress 2017 trade show in Barcelona, companies including Intel, Qualcomm and Ericsson will be promoting their moves towards 5G.

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07:01
Tim Cook tweets in remembrance of Steve Jobs, who...

On what would have been the 62nd birthday of Steve Jobs, Tim Cook has tweeted in remembrance of his friend and former boss.

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07:01
iTunes Remote App gets Two-Factor Authentication...

Apple released a new update for the iPhone and iPad iTunes Remote app on Thursday that adds two-factor authentication support when signing in to Home Sharing. The 4.3.1 update enhances security when remote controlling iTunes on our Macs because who decides which songs we listen to is seriously important.


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07:00
Google snafu signs users out of accounts, wreaks...

The good thing and the bad thing about the cloud is, well, the cloud. The latter part of that trueism was brought home late Thursday when some Google users were suddenly signed out of their accounts and devices.

The problem affected Google Wifi mesh routers, Google’s OnHub router, other devices like the Chromecast, and even some plain old Google Accounts.

The impact on you at home: If this problem affected you last night and you were suddenly signed out of all your accounts, don’t worry. Malcious hackers hadn’t suddenly taken over all your devices. Google says it was just a snafu with the Google Account engine.

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07:00
Go on a snarky sci-fi adventure in Milkmaid of the...

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

I love point-and-tap adventure games—they remind me of those old-school text-based adventure games of my youth. (Hey, they were still pretty retro when I was a kid, because, come on guys, I’m only 30.) Milkmaid of the Milky Way is a charming, whimsical point-and-tap adventure that perfectly captures what I loved so much about those games—the simple gameplay, the mildly-challenging puzzles, and the witty (and sometimes confusingly odd) snarkiness.

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06:51
∞ Nintendo Switch unboxing, initial impressions

[VIDEO] If you are into the idea of buying a Nintendo Switch, you’ll want to watch this video, if only to get a sense of the different core accessories that you’ll want to consider, which will add to the $300 price tag. Jump to the main Loop post for the video.

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06:40
New iOS Update Fixes Unexpected Shutdown Issue On...

Matthew Panzarino, writing for TechCrunch: Over the past couple of iPhone versions users have complained of "unexpected" shutdowns of their devices. Some iPhone 6, 6S, 6 Plus and 6S Plus devices could basically go dark unexpectedly, forcing a user to have to plug them into an outlet to get them to power back on. Apple has been working on this very annoying bug and it says it has come up with a fix of sorts that should mitigate the problem on a majority of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s devices. The fix is actually already on your iPhone if you have installed iOS 10.2.1 -- something that around 50 percent of iOS users have already done. After letting the fix simmer on customer devices, Apple now has statistics to share on how it has improved the issue, citing 80 percent reduction on iPhone 6s and 70 percent reduction on iPhone 6 devices.

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06:33
Apple to investigate iPhone 7 that smoked, melted

Mashable:

Brianna Olivas says her rose gold iPhone 7 Plus exploded and began smoking Wednesday morning when her boyfriend grabbed his phone and began recording. The video, which Olivas shared on Twitter later that day, shows smoke pouring out of one side of the phone and the iPhone’s case melting away.

Here’s the tweet, embedded video:

So my IPhone 7 plus blew up this morning

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06:26
Twitter is locking accounts that swear at famous...

The Verge:

Last night, developer Victoria Fierce had some harsh words for Vice President Mike Pence. Incensed over the Trump administration’s recent rollback of transgender protections, Fierce let loose on Pence. “Fuck you,” she tweeted. “I gotta piss, and you’re putting me — an American — in danger of assault by your white supremacist brothers.”

Almost immediately, she got the notification. Twitter had detected “potentially abusive activity” on her account, and put her in temporary timeout as a result. For the next 12 hours, only followers could see her tweets — which meant she wouldn’t be able to lobby the Vice President.

Still chewing on the implications here. Victoria’s account was temporarily firewalled (the range of her tweets was limited), not suspended. Not sure I would use the word locked, as The Verge did in their headline. But that nit aside, this is part of Twitter’s new anti-abuse campaign that started rolling out last week.

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