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Tuesday August 22

AccuWeather sends user location data to monetization...

Popular iOS weather app AccuWeather, often listed as a top-ten app in the Weather section of the iOS App Store, has been collecting and forwarding user location information to data monetization company Reveal Mobile even when location sharing is disabled.

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Back to school gift guide: The best tech to ensure a...

Back to school season is in full swing. Some students are already back in classrooms, while others are currently preparing for the big day. One crucial aspect of back to school shopping in this day and age is technology. No one wants to start the new year off with outdated and buggy gear.

For that reason, we’ve decided to roundup some of the best technology you can buy for the 2017-2018 school year.


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Alto's Odyssey delayed a bit: "It takes...

An image from the upcoming "Alto's Odyssey"

With that quote from none other than "Hair Force One" -- Apple VP Craig Federighi -- Ryan Cash of Built By Snowman let us know that Alto's Odyssey, the long-awaited sequel to the hit game Alto's Adventure, is delayed by a little bit so that the development team can make the game perfect.

Knowing how incredible Alto's Adventure is, I am entirely in favor of being patient and waiting for a well-tested and beautiful game experience. You can read Ryan's statement here, or...

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Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac Features Touch Bar...

On August 22, Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac was released with support for macOS High Sierra and easy Windows 10 purchase and installation.

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Code42 Shutting Down CrashPlan for Home Backup...

Code42’s popular CrashPlan remote backup service for consumers, CrashPlan for Home, just got the ax.

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Miss the Eclipse? Three Apps for Tracking Future...

In App Store, you’ll find a Crap Tonne™ of apps dedicated to the August 21st event that already took place, but these will help you find the next one.

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Astro HQ’s Kickstarter for Mac/iPad 2nd display...

Developer Astro HQ, the company behind the popular AstroPad Studio app has launched its newest product on Kickstarter today. Luna Display turns any iPad into a second wireless display to be used with a Mac, and the new product has raised almost 300% of its goal in the first several hours since going live.


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Apple Daily Report for August 22, 2017

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, is on a road 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.

Verizon Wireless is changing its unlimited plan by splitting it into multiple tiers. At the same time the carrier is preparing to throttle the quality of streaming video for all customers, including those staying on the existing unlimited plan. (Hmmm, if a plan has a limit, how can be it “unlimited”?)

iHelp BR has some more information on the setup process for Apple’s upcoming HomePod (due in December). When HomePod is first powered on, users will be...

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What configuring the HomePod will look like on iOS...

Continuing his deep-dive of the HomePod firmware, Guilherme Rambo has further uncovered what the initial HomePod configuration on an iOS 11 device may look like. The developer has spent the past few weeks digging through various firmware to give us a glimpse into Apple’s future products and software expected to be released later this year.

By utilizing the iOS Simulator, Rambo is able to show-off just what it will look like when configuring a HomePod right out of the box.


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Hidden iOS 11 Video Shows New App Switching Gesture

Apple may have been hiding how we’ll handle features like app switching on the iPhone 8 in iOS 11 beta releases.

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Anker bets on designs for Apple's 'iPhone...

A well-known accessory maker, Anker, has announced a series of cases for Apple's "iPhone 8," "7s," and "7s Plus," even though the anticipated devices are still weeks away from being revealed.

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Backblaze instead of CrashPlan

While CrashPlan was bailing on its customers, BackBlaze released a new version of its cloud backup software.

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Epic Games head Tim Sweeney bemoans iOS App Store...

App developers are losing too much money from the cut of app revenues taken by app stores operated by Apple and other companies, according to Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, declaring the iOS App Store's high charge "a parasitic loss."

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Screw you AccuWeather

Popular weather app AccuWeather has been caught sending geolocation data to a third-party data monetization firm, even when the user has switched off location sharing.

How can you ever trust them again? You can’t.

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CrashPlan discontinues consumer backups

It has been a few years since a decision by a major tech company last turned me into a green rage monster, but it just happened again. Code42 Software has announced that it’s discontinuing its consumer backup product, CrashPlan for Home.

Joe Kissell is pissed.

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The “Product Graveyard”

It’s a little depressing to see how many of these products I used over the years that are no more.

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iMessage may be the most-used messaging platform for...

Apple’s iMessage is apparently the the most-used messaging platform for U.S. teens, according to a comparative analysis by Fam CEO Giuseppe Stuto — as noted by Business Insider. Fam makes a video chat app that allows groups to chat with one another via iMessage with just a few taps.

The analysis estimates that US youth between the ages of 10 and 19 average 25 iMessages each day. That’s compared to 14 messages over Facebook Messenger, and eight snaps on Snapchat. Fam says the estimates propose that while Apple is often left out of the chat app ecosystem, it could be the most used platform and one of the best for brands and developers to reach U.S. consumers.

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The Smart Home Appliance and You

The recent rumor that iRobot had engaged in talks with Apple, Amazon and Google parent Alphabet to sell the data its Roomba vacuum cleaner gathers caused widespread privacy concerns.
Roomba maps the environments it works in, and the data it collects would be valuable to any of the major players battling to control the smart home. Amazon's Echo and Google's Home voice-activated speakers already monitor and gather data about users through various smart home appliances and other products, as do makers of smart TVs.

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Video: Calibration machine video allegedly shows...

AppleInsider discusses a new iPhone 8 video, allegedly depicting a Touch ID calibration machine -- and the sensor for the technology on the back of the phone.

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Review: Braven Flye Sport In-Ear Bluetooth Headphones

We have reviewed a number of Braven’s audio products in the past — their Bluetooth speakers have consistently earned solid recommendations over the past year or so. It was for this reason that we were excited to try their new Flye Sport line of in-ear Bluetooth headphones. First up is the entry-level model, simply called the Flye Sport ($49). Though we think the Flye Sport does many things right, our review units suffered from a fatal flaw that may be a dealbreaker for some users.

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Juniper Thinks Apple Pay Could Increase to 34% By...

While US card issuers haven’t yet made contactless a priority, the extremely positive response across Europe, both from merchants and consumers, suggests the US would see very rapid migration at POS if and when contactless cards become mainstream.

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Apple HomePod setup may require iPhone or iPad,...

Even if it supports other Apple devices, people buying a HomePod will allegedly need an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to complete initial setup.

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Seinfeld’s first Netflix stand-up special premieres...

Earlier this year, Netflix announced that Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee series would be moving to it over from Crackle and that Seinfeld would have two stand-up specials appear on the streaming service as well. The first of those...

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Popular Weather App AccuWeather Caught Sending User...

Zack Whittaker, reporting for ZDNet: Popular weather app AccuWeather has been caught sending geolocation data to a third-party data monetization firm, even when the user has switched off location sharing. AccuWeather is one of the most popular weather apps in Apple's app store, with a near perfect four-star rating and millions of downloads to its name. But what the app doesn't say is that it sends sensitive data to a firm designed to monetize user locations without users' explicit permission. Security researcher Will Strafach intercepted the traffic from an iPhone running the latest version of AccuWeather and its servers and found that even when the app didn't have permission to access the device's precise location, the app would send the Wi-Fi router name and its unique MAC address to the servers of data monetization firm Reveal Mobile every few hours. That data can be correlated with public data to reveal an approximate location of a user's device. We independently verified the...

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Verizon Wireless introducing new unlimited plans at...

Verizon Wireless is changing its unlimited plan by splitting it into multiple tiers from Wednesday onwards, while at the same time the carrier is also preparing to throttle the quality of streaming video for all customers, including those staying on the existing unlimited plan.

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Readdle brings helpful 3rd party integrations to...

Popular macOS and iOS developer Readdle has today announced it is bringing custom third-party integrations to its Spark email app.


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Hulu's live TV service is now available on Xbox...

If you're still watching Hulu on your Xbox 360, here's some great news for you. The on-demand streaming service has just expanded its new "Hulu Experience" interface to the almost 12-year-old Microsoft console. The best part is that you won't have to...

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I didn't see the eclipse in totality, but it...

Like more than a few stories in my life, this is one of procrastination and regret. Yesterday's total solar eclipse was the first to be viewable from the US in my lifetime, and my hometown of Lincolnville, South Carolina, was right in the path of tot...

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You can actually do something good with those...

What a great idea and wonderful service by Astronomers Without Borders.

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HomePod set up process and more discovered in latest...

Yesterday we saw some iPhone 8 video assets that were discovered deep in the latest iOS 11 beta. Today, we’re getting details about what the HomePod set up process will look like and more, also found in the 7th beta of iOS 11.


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Verizon's always-on throttling is an afront to...

Well, it was nice while it lasted. Today, Verizon (the biggest carrier in the US) announced it was doing away with its simple and fair unlimited wireless data plan and complicating things by instead offering three plans. Two of those cost more, and a...

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Uber's more flexible driver policies promise...

If you've used Uber long enough, you've probably encountered drivers who've canceled trips simply because they weren't convenient. They didn't want to travel far or had an appointment to make, for instance. You might not have to put up with those sur...

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iPhone 8 Facial Recognition and Home Button...

Dave Hamilton and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to discuss a report claiming the iPhone 8 will have facial recognition that’s nearly instantaneous, plus they share their thoughts on videos in iOS 11 showing gestures that replace some Home button functionality.

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Home and factory robots can be hacked to harm humans

Last month, cybersecurity firm IOActive let everyone know that Segway MiniPro hoverboards were vulnerable to hacks and outside control via their Bluetooth connections. Now it has revealed that industrial robots from Universal Robots and consumer mode...

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How RFID tags became trendy

As far as wireless technologies go, radio-frequency identification (RFID) is one of the oldest. Patented in 1983 by the late British inventor Charles Walton, RFID made it possible for new, cutting-edge tech such as near-field communication (NFC) to e...

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Apple & Qualcomm squabble, lay out early...

Lawyers squared off in a San Diego federal court last Friday in an initial hearing of Apple's lawsuit against Qualcomm, with the latter standing accused of antitrust violations and breach of contract.

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Apple’s Core ML brings AI to the masses

Of the estimated 2.4m apps available on the App Store, we believe less than 1% leverage ML today – but not for long. We believe Core ML will be a driving force in bringing machine learning to the masses in the form of more useful and insightful apps that run faster and respect user privacy.

It’s going to be interesting to see what we will be able to do with our devices in the next three years as machine learning and artificial intelligence make their way into our lives in a bigger way.

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'BioShock Remastered' arrives on macOS...

Feral Interactive has released its macOS port of "BioShock Remastered," landing on Tuesday on Steam followed by the Mac App Store to follow, with the 10-year anniversary remake of the first-person shooter gaining graphical improvements for modern systems.

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SNES-inspired 3DS XL hits Europe in October

Miss out on the SNES Classic pre-orders that went up (and promptly sold out) overnight? Nintendo has a consolation prize for you. Sort of. The storied game-maker will release a Super Nintendo-themed 3DS XL this October 13th. There's a catch though: I...

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Custom Slash Anaconda Burst Les Paul

After touring with his prototype models throughout 2016 and 2017, Slash is proud to announce the release of these limited edition Gibson Custom Slash Anaconda Burst Les Pauls.

It’s very nice, but I’m more of an Appetite for Destruction Les Paul guy.

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CrashPlan for Home being discontinued, refers...

Code42, the company behind CrashPlan has officially announced that as of today they are pulling out of the consumer market. CrashPlan for Home users will have to begin migrating away from the service as it will no longer be available starting in October of 2018.


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News: Latch unveils new HomeKit-enabled Latch C...

Startup smartlock maker Latch has created a new HomeKit-enabled deadbolt that lets users unlock their door with Siri using the iOS Home app, TechCrunch reports. The device includes Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities and boasts a wide-angle camera, a touchscreen and various other sensors alongside a traditional key slot for those who prefer to unlock the door the old-fashioned way. The Latch C can also provide temporary access to service providers…

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Apple adds Safari Extensions section to the Mac App...

As noted by The Mac Observer, Apple has launched a new Safari Extensions section on the Mac App Store. Currently there are 27 Safari Extensions on the MAS, a mix of free and for-pay extensions.

Safari for macOS supports extensions that add functionality to the web browser. Extensions can show helpful information about a webpage, display news headlines, help you use your favorite services, change the appearance of webpages, and more.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch Series 2 from $210...

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

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Western Digital releases My Book external RAID USB-C...

Western Digital today has released its newest desktop external RAID drives. The new My Book Duo models feature options with up to 20TB of storage, include USB-C and USB-A ports, and have a 3-year warranty.


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Medium is letting some users hide their posts behind...

If you come across a piece on Medium you can't read without an account, don't be surprised. Medium has expanded its Partner Program to give users a way to earn money from their articles by publishing behind a paywall. The company has been testing the...

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Code42 ends consumer CrashPlan backup plans to...

Code42, the company behind the CrashPlan online backup service, stopped accepting new subscribers for its CrashPlan for Home plan on Tuesday, with the backup firm shifting its focus away from consumers to enterprise and small business customers.

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Ship time for AirPods drops to 2-3 weeks

This is a major drop in shipping time, from 6 weeks to 2-3 weeks. This is on the US Apple Store. Not sure about other countries.

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Apple Moves Some Safari Extensions to Mac App Store

Apple launched a new Safari Extensions section on the Mac App Store this week. Currently there are 27 Safari Extensions on the MAS, a mix of free and for-fee Extensions. The original Safari Extensions Gallery website is still available, too, though, where you can find every Extension available. There wasn’t a lot of information released with the Mac App Store addition, and we don’t yet know if Apple plans to move all of them. Safari Extensions add hooks into apps, services, and other features into Apple’s Safari browser. Many are free—especially app companions—while others come with a (small) price tag.

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Report highlights 3D facial recognition, camera tech...

While there are many anticipated features for this fall's "iPhone 8," only a handful of them will actually be novel within the smartphone world, a report pointed out on Tuesday.

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VMware Fusion 10 will include High Sierra support,...

VMware has revealed new editions of its VMware Fusion and Fusion Pro virtualization software, with version 10 bringing compatibility with newer operating systems, a boost to virtual machine graphical performance with Metal support, and the ability to use the Touch Bar in virtual machines.

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Latest cool ARKit demo shows live preview of...

The cool ARKit demo apps keep coming. The latest one, from a developer specializing in augmented reality apps for the beauty industry, shows how trying on lipstick could become a whole lot easier.

ModiFace has put together two videos showing how the tech works. In the first, the woman simply shoots some front-facing video of herself while the app virtually applies different shades of make-up …


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News: New details, possible photos of iPhone 8’s 3D...

In a memo obtained by 9to5Mac, well-respected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple has a “significant lead” on Qualcomm wjhen it comes to 3D sensors, saying Apple is likely two years ahead of its rival. Qualcomm’s “immature” software and hardware will likely delay the appearance of 3D sensing technology in Android phones and give Apple a rare moment where it is first to market with a new feature. As Bloomberg points out,…

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Apple alumni reveal HomeKit-compatible Latch C smart...

Smart lock startup company Latch has unveiled the enterprise and apartment-oriented Latch C -- its first smart lock certified to work with HomeKit.

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An illustrated history of iOS

A fun stroll through history from the Git Tower blog. I LOVE the illustrations. Anyone know who did them?

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∞ More treasure from the HomePod firmware

More digging through the leaked HomePod firmware unearthed two concept videos. Click through to the main Loop post for the embedded tweets.

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Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac launches with Touch Bar...

Parallels has launched Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac, which provides macOS High Sierra readiness and support for upcoming Windows 10 features. 

What’s more, it makes it simple for MacBook Pro users to add Windows applications to the Touch Bar, and use Touch Bar within Windows applications, according to Jack Zubarev, Parallels president. It is also the first solution to bring the upcoming Windows 10 People Bar feature to the Mac – including integration with the Mac Dock and Spotlight. The new version also features up-to 100% performance improvements for completing certain tasks, says Zubarev, Parallels president. “This new release delivers our best-ever Windows on Mac.

With a mouse click, the Parallels Installation Assistant will automatically install Windows 10 into a virtual machine (VM), which can be purchased at a later date without losing data or installed applications. It also enables users to...

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Tim Cook Offers Thoughts for Sailors Lost on USS...

While the search continues, the remains of some of those sailors were reported found Tuesday morning.

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How to securely dispose of your old Mac

Kirk McElhearn, Intego blog:

Your Mac contains a lot of personal information, and is connected to a number of Apple accounts. When you plan to dispose of your Mac — whether you sell it, give it away, or send it for recycling — there are a number of things you should do to make sure your data and your accounts remain secure. There are also a few steps you need to take to remove that Mac from Apple’s accounts.

In this article, I go over the 8 steps you should take before getting rid of a Mac.

Some basic, common sense advice here. Bookmark, pass along, especially to folks you know who are relatively new to the Mac.

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Parallels Desktop 13 ships with support for macOS...

Virtualization software firm Parallels launched Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac on Tuesday, with the upgraded software introducing compatibility with macOS High Sierra, the Windows Fall Creators Update, and support for the Touch Bar on the Retina MacBook Pro.

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Why your face will soon be the key to all your...

Wall Street Journal:

Forget fiddling with passwords or even fingerprints; forget multiple layers of sign-in; forget credit cards and, eventually, even physical keys to our homes and cars. A handful of laptops and mobile devices can now read facial features, and the technique is about to get a boost from specialized hardware small enough to fit into our phones.

Using our faces to unlock things could soon become routine, rather than the purview of spies and superheroes.


Depth-sensing technology, generally called “structured light,” sprays thousands of tiny infrared dots across a person’s face or any other target.

By reading distortions in this field of dots, the camera gathers superaccurate depth information. Since the phone’s camera can see infrared but humans can’t, such a system could allow the phone to unlock in complete darkness.


Teaching our phones what our faces look like will be just like teaching them our...

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News: iOS 11 beta shows Control Center interface,...

New betas have been released for iOS 11, tvOS 11 watchOS 4 and macOS 10, and developer Guilherme Rambo has discovered a couple of gems amid all the bug fixes and minor improvements. In ios 11, Rambo found one video that seems to show off a new swipe-up gesture used to activate the iOS app switcher and another that runs through changes to the lock screen interface. Swiping down brings the lock screen up from anywhere in the operating system, and while…

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DriveSavers Data Recovery is ready for the new Apple...

DriveSavers — which specializes in data recovery, eDiscovery and digital forensics — says it’s ready to retrieve data stored on drives formatted with the new Apple File System (APFS), should users lose access to their drives during the beta test period or with the final release of macOS High Sierra.

Announced at Apple’s 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference as part of macOS High Sierra, APFS offers improved performance and security. Every computing device made by Apple uses a file system to read and write data. Currently, most Mac users are familiar with the term HFS+, where the HFS stands for Hierarchical File System. 

That file system has been around for almost 30 years in both Unix and OS X, so it's not particularly...

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Vudu unveils native Apple TV app for streaming...

As expected, a native Apple TV app has launched for Walmart's Vudu streaming service, allowing for streaming of over 100,000 titles, with 4,000 of them free and ad-supported.

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FaceTek says its 3D facial software can replace...

FaceTec has released ZoOm, which it claims is the “first universal 3D facial authentication software solution.” The company says it works with iOS 8.3 and higher and Android 4.3 and higher. 

Capable of verifying identity, three-dimensionality and liveness using only a front-facing selfie camera, ZoOm puts an end to passwords when added into any mobile app on any iOS or Android device, according to FaceTec CEO Kevin Alan Tussey. It leverages proprietary patent-pending TrueLiveness technology and can measure the change in perspective distortion from up to 30 selfie video frames, proving three-dimensionality. 

“ZoOm works in all lighting conditions, features an intuitive interface and takes less than two seconds to authenticate the correct user,” says Tussey. “App developers no longer need to choose between security and convenience, and users are no longer required to endure tedious passwords.”

 ZoOm is free and is available at the...

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Video purports to show testing of Apple 'iPhone...

A video published on Tuesday allegedly shows Apple's "iPhone 8" in quality control testing -- with a rear-mounted Touch ID sensor, despite most recent rumors discounting that possibility.

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VMware announces Fusion 10 with enhanced GPU &...

With Parallels Desktop 13 just out, VMware clearly didn’t want to be left out of the picture. The company has announced that Fusion 10 will be launched in October, with enhanced GPU and 3D graphics performance, an updated UI and Touch Bar support. It is also ready for macOS 10.13 High Sierra.

Fusion, like competitor Parallels, allows you to run virtual Windows machines – or individual Windows apps – within macOS. This can be more convenient than Boot Camp for those who operate primarily in a macOS environment.

The standard version, costing $79, is intended for personal use, while the Pro version, at $159, is aimed at developers and tech professionals. The company also...

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VMware debuts VMware Fusion 10 versions for tech...

VMware has announced new versions of VMware Fusion solutions that provide Windows virtualization on Mac. 

VMware Fusion 10 Pro, designed for technical professionals that want to build, test and demonstrate Mac, Windows and Linux applications on a Mac, will include advanced capabilities that continue to evolve the solution to support technical professionals and developers, according to Dave Grant, vice president, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware. VMware Fusion 10 designed for personal use, will offer Touch Bar support, enhanced GPU and 3D graphics performance, and an updated user interface (UI) to leverage the latest innovations in Mac, he adds.  

It enables multi-operating system development, multi-operating system testing, and integration into DevOps/agile development workflows. Fusion enables IT professionals and developers to run virtual machines that are compatible with corporate data centers from a Mac to perform tasks such as data center design and...

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Parallels Desktop 13 brings improved performance...

Ahead of the macOS High Sierra release, virtualization software company Parallels has officially announced the availability of Parallels Desktop 13. Outside of bringing the traditional performance improvements, Desktop 13 introduces native Touch Bar support to Microsoft’s OS and a good portion of its most used applications. The update also brings in a slightly refreshed UI to better match macOS and visual improvements for Windows users on Retina displays.


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Prizmo 3 Scanning for Mac: $29.99

We have a deal for you on Prizmo 3 Scanning for Mac. It will scan, allow you to edit, and built-in optical character recognition (OCR). You can use your smartphone as your scanner, too. It’s $29.99 through us.

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Chronos debuts Notelife for macOS and iOS

Chronos has released Notelife for macOS and iOS. It’s a note manager that uses iCloud to sync notes across all of a user’s devices. 

According to Jerry Halls, vice president of Sales at Chronos, you don’t have to remember any formatting codes, like Markdown, to format notes. Plus, Notelife offers features not found in Apple’s standard Notes app like the ability to access your notes from the menu bar while using any application, he adds.

It also boasts three-phase encryption: on device, in transit to/from cloud, and in cloud. There features include: menu bar access to notes from any application; geotagging records location where notes are created; unlimited hierarchical folders for organizing notes; tags for categorizing and filtering notes; import/export in standard rich text format; dark or light interface style in macOS; multiple window support in macOS; and more. 

A fully functional 30 day trial version of the macOS app can be downloaded from...

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News: Daily Deal: ClutchIt Double-Sided Magnetic...

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering the ClutchIt Double-Sided Magnetic Phone Mount for only $29.95 — that’s 25% off the regular price.  With dual magnets and dual pivots, this mount lets you attach your iPhone to just about any metallic surface or any surface with metal plate pads. Whether you need to read a recipe on your fridge, navigate in the car, or set up a video at the gym, ClutchIt has you covered. Get the ClutchIt…

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AirPods now ship in 2-3 weeks

Apple’s online store has cut its AirPod shipment estimates to two to three weeks, the first time the estimate dropped below a month since the delayed launch in December.

CEO Tim Cook said during the conference call about the company’s finances call that the company had increased AirPod production capacity to better meet demand. Other retailers have AirPod supplies in stock for quicker shipments, but the stock in Apple’s own store gives a good idea of where the company stands with the supply-demand balance, notes Seeking Alpha

AirPods are wireless headphones that allow users to listen to music, make phone calls, enjoy TV shows and movies, play games and interact with Siri. Apple says that advanced sensors know when you are listening and automatically play and pause your music. 

Using Siri, AirPods allow you to access...

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An interesting look at what’s expected in the iPhone...

While the iPhone 8 is expected to have quite a few new features, not all of them are totally new. Some have been borrowed from earlier iPhones – like the glass back seen previously on the iPhone 4 and 4S – while others use tech first seen on competitor phones …


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Apple is granted another patent for a gesture...

Apple has been granted another patent (number 9,740,298) for gesture controls that involves ways to control a Mac, iOS device, even a TV with gestures. It also mentions 3D glasses, though it refers to them as a “wearable monitor.” 

In the patent notes, Apple says that natural user interfaces are gaining momentum in the entertainment and computer industry, and that gesture controls are supplementing or replacing more conventional and less natural interfaces such as keyboard and mouse, game controller, and remote control. 

The user interactions, however, continue to relate largely to the computer monitor, thus limiting applicability and ease of use of such interfaces, notes Apple. For example, some of the gesture controls rely on optical 3-dimensional mapping. Obviously, the tech giant thinks it can do better.

Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: “Embodiments of the invention provide apparatus and methods for interactive reality augmentation, including a 2-...

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Latest iPhone 8 leak claims to show 3D camera module

The same source which yesterday posted a claimed iPhone 8 display assembly and more has now posted what is said to be a 3D camera module for the upcoming phone.

As always with these things, there’s no way to know whether it’s genuine, but with volume production well underway, and a great many companies in the supply-chain, it’s almost impossible for Apple to prevent parts leaking at this stage …


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Apple blasts Qualcomm for attempts to keep court...

Apple has pushed back against Qualcomm’s bid to kill at least part of Apple’s suit accusing the chipmaker of demanding excessive royalties, saying that the company’s attempts to keep the court from taking a closer look at its patent portfolio are “astounding,” according to Law360.

In January, Apple filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm, the world’s dominant supplier of baseband processors, alleging the chip supplier demanded unfair terms for its technology. 

Then, in June, Apple blasted Qualcomm's practice of requiring customers to sign patent license agreements before purchasing chips, known in the industry as "no license, no chips.” The license allows the processor supplier to take a percentage of the overall selling...

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Apple now accepting donations to the Southern...

Following up on recent protests and events, Apple has begun accepting donations to the Southern Poverty Law Center through iTunes. Tim Cook announced in a letter last week that Apple would make a US$2 million donation to the SPLC and the Anti-Defamation League because of the violence at the Charlottesville protests. People can make SPLC donations in amounts ranging from US$5-US$200.

Users can find the donation page via iTunes by navigating to the New Music, Hot Tracks, and Recent Releases sections. 100% of donations will be given to the civil rights organization.

Apple offered the following comments regarding the donations:

In the wake of the tragic and repulsive events in Charlottesville, we are stepping up to help organizations who work to rid our country of hate. Apple will be making contributions of $1 million each to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. We will also match two-for-one our employees’ donations to these and...

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iOS 10: Using 3D Touch in Spotlight

3D Touch on the iPhone has all kinds of helpful uses, and in today’s Quick Tip, we’re going to cover a handy way to use it with Spotlight to make even an unfamiliar device do your bidding! We’re all about not paging through tons of folders to find what we’re looking for, folks.

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AirPod shipping estimates drop to two to three weeks

The shipping estimates for Apple’s AirPods are improving.

The current estimates have come down to two to three weeks in many countries around the world, suggesting Apple is one step closer to achieving supply/demand balance for the much-desired earphones.

The AirPods, which shipped back in December, have been in short support, with Apple estimating shipping times around six weeks. As of early August, these shipping estimates had dropped to four weeks.

As of now, Apple is offering a two to three week estimate ship time with customers feasibly receiving AirPods ordered today in early September.

During Apple’s third quarter earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook said AirPods capacity had been bumped up and that the company was “working very hard” to get AirPods to customers as quickly as possible.

The AirPods are priced at $159 and have become a popular Bluetooth accessory, especially with the iPhone 7. The AirPods are also equipped with infrared...

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Google Touts Android Oreo's Tasty New Features

Google on Monday pulled the wraps off the latest version of its Android mobile operating system. Version 8.0 Oreo has a number of improvements over 7.1 Nougat, the previous release of the OS.
Google has tweaked Android's notification feature, for instance, so when an app has notifications pending, a dot appears in a corner of the program's icon. Press the dot and a window will pop up showing the notifications, which can be cleared with a swipe. In addition, there's an Instant App feature for entering new apps directly from a browser.

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If iStat Menus overwhelms you, check out Stater for...

By Aaron Lee

If you don't need all the data that iStat Menus (2017/8/21/istat-menus-serves-up-all-the-stats-you-could-want-and-more-about-your-mac) provides, you may be happy with Stater. It's an $8.99 system-monitoring app for macOS (10.9 or later) that displays all information in one dock icon and a dock menu.

Stater — which is available at the Mac App Store — displays system parameters such as CPU, memory, and drive space usage charts in its dock icon. It has no windows or menubar icons. All control, including its settings, takes place via the dock icon and dock menu. 

The four dock icon views contain all basic system parameter charts and even a top-process icon in multi-core view during high CPU usage. If you need more complete info, you can open (by right/clicking) the dock menu, which contains numerical data, top processes by CPU, and memory usage, as well as quick access to basic system tools. Stater is also customizable, as it includes...

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Verizon permanently throttling video on all...

We noted last month that Verizon was throttling Netflix and YouTube usage for ‘unlimited’ plan users even before they hit the 22GB level at which the company says it may reduce bandwidth – and it has now been revealed that this was just stage one.

Verizon is now starting to throttle all video on its ‘unlimited’ plans, with bandwidth limited to as little as 480p when watching on a smartphone …


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Remembering when we wondered if the ‘ iTV’ would...

Last week there was a quickly dismissed rumor that Apple was working on a 60-inch OLED Apple television. For years, it was anticipated that the tech giant would unveil an “iTV.” That’s probably not going to happen, but those rumors did make for some interesting speculation.

Writing for Cult of Mac, in 2013, Mike Elgan said Apple’s TVwouldn’t be a TV at all, but would be another "beautiful, powerful, elegant Apple computer, and we're all going to want one."

Elgan said the iTV will actually be a really big iMac or a really big iPad. The Cult of Mac writer said Apple has two problems to solve, and he thinks our favorite tech company will solve them this way:

"The first problem is distance. Each type of computing device is used at a...

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PSA: Vudu now on Apple TV, lets you watch (some of)...

We learned last week that Walmart’s video streaming & download service Vudu was coming to Apple TV, and it’s now available – with a handy feature for those with large Blu-ray and DVD libraries.

Vudu supports Ultraviolet, a feature that provides digital access to some movies you bought in physical disc format …


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CrashPlan Discontinues Consumer Backups

Code42 Software has announced it’s discontinuing the CrashPlan for Home backup service, and will focus exclusively on the business and education markets in the future. Joe Kissell explains why he’s angry about this news and now hesitates to recommend CrashPlan even to businesses.


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Notable apps and app updates for Aug. 22, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

PicsArt, animage editing app and creative social network with over 90 million monthly active users, has launched support for an iMessage app that gives iMessage users access to over 2,000,000 custom stickers. PicsArt now enables sticker search, creation, and drag and drop capabilities for sharing stickers with friends, directly in an iMessage conversation.

macOS Apps/Updates

Mac Broadcaster has upgraded JustBroadcaster for Periscope, their Periscope...

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Monday August 21

Apple Seeds watchOS 4 Developer Beta 7 (15R5365a) to...

Apple didn’t include patch notes for the release, but as with other operating systems in Apple’s developer beta program, each seed is a mix of bug fixes, tweaks, and various stages of feature rollouts.

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iPhone 8's 3D Face Scanner Will Work In '...

According to a report by the Korea Herald, Apple's upcoming iPhone 8 will ditch the fingerprint identification in favor of 3D face recognition, which will work "in the millionths of a second." PhoneArena reports: The Samsung Galaxy series were among the first mainstream devices to feature iris recognition, but the speed and accuracy of the current technology leave a lot to be desired, and maybe that is why current phones ship with an eye scanner AND a fingerprint reader. The iPhone 8, on the other hand, is expected to make a full dive into 3D scanning. Both Samsung and Apple are rumored to have tried to implement a fingerprint scanner under the display glass, but failed as the technology was not sufficiently advanced. The new iPhone will also introduce 3D sensors on both its front and back for Apple's new augmented reality (AR) platform. This latest report also reveals that Apple will not use curved edges for its iPhone 8 screen, but will instead use a flat AMOLED panel. The big...

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Facebook’s Safety Check feature getting permanent...

First released in 2014, Facebook’s Safety Check feature will be getting a dedicated home for both the iOS app as well as on the web.


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Videos in iOS 11 beta show alternate Control Center...

A pair of tutorial videos found in Apple's latest iOS 11 beta release depict what appears to be an alternate Control Center interface and app switcher swipe gestures never before previewed.

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AccuWeather iOS app misleads users as it sends...

AccuWeather on iOS may be violating Apple’s developer agreement as well as user trust, a new security audit reveals. Will Strafach, a security researcher, discovered that the iOS weather app is potentially sending out the identifiable user and device information to a third-party company even when location data sharing is denied.


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What’s new in iOS 11 beta 7? Hands-on with new...

iOS 11 beta 7 was released earlier today to developers, and as we get closer to the GM release, there are less and less readily apparent changes present. Despite this, there are a handful of differences to be found in this latest beta. Have a look at our hands-on video walkthrough for the details. more…

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Video of app switching gesture for Touch ID-less...

Developer Guilherme Rambo has been on a roll over the last month, uncovering a host of new details about Apple’s upcoming devices. Tonight, he’s shared a video found in the iOS 11 beta that could give us a look at how the app switcher may work on the iPhone 8 without a Touch ID/a physical Home button.


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AirPods now 2-3 weeks out from Apple, Best Buy and...

The shipping time estimate for Apple’s AirPods have dropped to the lowest we’ve seen yet with an updated 2-3 week window. Strangely enough, even though they are still tough to get directly from Apple, Best Buy and others have stock of the fully wireless earphones ready to ship.


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AirPods ship times drop to 2-3 weeks from Apple amid...

AirPods ship times from Apple's online store have dropped below one month for the first time since the popular headphones debuted more than eight months ago, though third-party resellers have stock available for immediate purchase.

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Apple updates Safari Extensions webpage with focus...

Along with releasing beta updates for iOS, macOS, and tvOS today, Apple has updated its Safari Extensions webpage. The redesign includes a prominent link to the extensions available in the Mac App Store, and also features the ability to install extensions from the webpage with a single click.


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Apple Daily Report for August 21, 2017

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, is on an “eclipse” road 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.

Intel launched its 8th-generation processors today, starting with the with the new “U-series”chips for notebooks that boast a 40% performance boost compared to the previous generation. Alas, while this series is suitable for use in MacBooks and the dual-core MacBook Pro, it won't help provide users with a 32GB memory option. 

If you have a Barclays bank account, you can now make payments simply by instructing Siri to do it. The feature, added to the latest version of the company’s iOS app...

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WhatsApp announces new text-based status features

Starting today, popular calling and messaging service WhatsApp is rolling out some new text-based status features for its iOS app and the web.


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Little Red Lie 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: ARE YOU MORE AFRAID OF POVERTY THAN DEATH? Little Red Lie is a narrative-focused, interactive fiction experience that reduces... | Read more »
You can now apply to be Clash of Clans...
Earlier this month, word got out that the Builder, the trusty handiman who tirelessly built every single building inevery singleClash of Clansbase had called it quits. Sick of seeing his work destroyed endless, the Builder has set out for our world... | Read more »
Meshi Quest beginner's guide - how...
Meshi Quest is Square Enix's newest free-to-play release, and it's a real charmer. You start off as the head of a sushi restaurant, upgrading your food and equipment as you serve visitors heaping helpings of your delicious meals. As you progress,... | Read more »
BUST-A-MOVE JOURNEY 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: BUST-A-MOVE Features:- Shoot bubbles and match 3 or more bubbles of the same color to make them pop!- Complete your... | Read more »
The best card combos in Clash Royale
Clash Royale is all about building a deck of units that synergise well. To help you get off to a flying start, we've put together a list of unit combinations that are incredibly effective. Looking for some choice 2v2 combos? Check out our guide. [... | Read more »
The best 2v2 card combos in Clash Royale
2v2 is making it's grand return toClash Royalequite soon. 2v2 has quickly become one of the game's most popular gameplay modes, though they still have yet to make it a permanent fixture in the game. 2v2 is exciting and adds some new flavor to... | Read more »
The best games we played this week - Aug...
Another busy week has come to a close. We played a lot of excellent games this week and now it's time to look back and reflect on some our favorites. Here are our picks for the week of August 18. [Read more] | Read more »
War Wings beginner's guide - how to...
War Wings is the newest project from well-established game maker Miniclip. It's a World War II aerial dogfighting game with loads of different airplane models to unlock and battle. The game offers plenty of single player and multiplayer action. We... | Read more »

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Apple has Certified Refurbished 2016 12″ Retina MacBooks available starting at $1019. Apple will include a standard one-year warranty with each MacBook, and shipping is free. The following... Read more

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