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Tuesday June 27

Apple's Tim Cook says Indian operations to use...

More details have emerged from Sunday's encounter between Apple CEO Tim Cook and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during which Cook reportedly revealed he expects Apple's Indian operations to run entirely off renewable energy by the end of 2017.

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'Sega Forever' free-to-play classic games...

Sega has released four classic games into their ad-supported free-to-play Sega Forever initiative, including Kid Chameleon, Altered Beast, Phantasy Star II, and Comix Zone. AppleInsider gave the retro titles a spin, and found room for improvement.

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Urban Armor Gear launching 10.5-inch & 12.9-inch...

Urban Armor Gear is introducing a new Metropolis Series Case made for Apple’s new 10.5-inch and second-gen 12.9-inch iPad Pro. UAG’s Metropolis Series Case features Apple Pencil storage, front-and-back protection with a hard back and removable soft cover, and compatibility with Apple’s Smart Keyboard.


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Amazon Updates Echo With Home Intercom Feature

The feature works with the Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show, and even with the Alexa iPhone app, so you’ll be able to annoy your family from anywhere in the world.

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Decision on Apple’s Irish data center delayed by a...

A long-awaited final decision on planning permission for Apple’s Irish data center has been delayed once more – this time due to ‘a shortage of judges’ …


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News: Apple releases first iOS 11, tvOS 11 public...

For those willing to accept the risks associated with installing a beta OS on your device, Apple has rolled out its first public iOS 11 and tvOS 11 betas. The iOS 11 update provides a greatly expanded and customizable Control Center, the ability to record what’s happening on your screen, a Maps app that includes indoor maps for airports and malls, and new HomeKit functionality, among other improvements. On iPad, iOS 11 provides a new dock and…

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NBC adds single sign-on support for Apple's...

NBC has updated its iPhone and iPad app with support for Apple's single sign-on standard, allowing quicker access to the network's shows wherever those credentials are valid on Apple platforms.

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Apple granted a patent for ‘glove touch detection’

Do you find it aggravating when, in cold weather, you have to remove your gloves to use the touch features of your iPhone or iPad? Apple wants to change that and has been granted a patent (number 9,609,417) for “glove touch detection.”

In the patent filing, Apple notes that touch sensitive devices can be used in environments where an object touching a surface of the touch sensitive device can be separated from the surface by a barrier. For example, a user can be wearing a glove on one or both hands or can have a bandage on one or more fingers.

The barrier can create a separation between the object and sensors of a touch sensor panel and degrade the sensors' ability to identify the object as touching the surface of the touch sensitive device. This, of course, is a problem. (Interestingly, a laptop is show in the illustration of touch devices in the patent filing.)

Here’s Apple’s (somewhat tech-speak heavy) summary of the invention: “In some examples, in addition...

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Apple, Samsung, Microsoft products among least...

Dell, Fairphone, and HP are the only companies that make spare parts and repair manuals available to the public, while products from brands such as Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft are among the least easy to repair and upgrade, according to Greenpeace’s latest IT product guide

Greenpeace, in partnership with iFixit, assessed over 40 best-selling smartphones, tablets, and laptops launched between 2015 and 2017. Seventeen IT brands were represented in the study. The assessment is based on iFixit’s repairability score, which considers the time required to repair the product, the device’s upgradability and modularity, as well as the availability of spare parts and repair manuals.

“Of all the models assessed, we found a few best-in-class products, which demonstrate that designing for repairability is possible. On the other hand, a number of products from Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft are increasingly...

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Apple Bolsters Its Augmented Reality Tech With...

The company’s technology, which can track the human eye 120 times per second, sounds perfect for the long-rumored Apple Glasses.

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CNET’s original 2007 iPhone review

Lots of detail. Fascinating look back.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Latest questionable 'iPhone 8' delay claim...

The latest supply chain reports out of China suggest that it is not the Touch ID, or layered motherboard design that may cause later than expected shipments of the forthcoming "iPhone 8," but instead, Samsung is having production issues with the OLED screen for the device that it pioneered.

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Apple unveils Tuniversity music ed initiative

Apple has unveiled Tuniversity, a new music education initiative that centers around books created with iBooks Author. The first book involves the song Happy by Pharrell William.

The $4.99 book — available at the iBookStore — allows students to discover how the song came to be, from first inspiration through recording without learning music theory.

This book includes 11 screencasts, two videos of Pharrell, audio examples, three different interactive widgets, 2 GarageBand sessions (emailed to you), and...

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Apple starts selling refurbished Apple Pencil, get...
Greenpeace highlights poor repairability ratings of...

A Greenpeace campaign to highlight the environmental impact of planned obsolescence has slated iPads and MacBooks for their poor repairability scores, but praises the iPhone 7.

It follows a separate report earlier this year in which Greenpeace labelled Apple the most environmentally friendly tech company in the world …


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∞ A Minecraft Augmented Reality demo

[VIDEO] There are a lot of AR demos out there, including a few measuring tape demos that show how easy Apple has made it to put together an AR app. But the Minecraft demo shown in the video embedded in the main Loop post struck me as a perfect demo of ARKit. Enjoy.

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Sony's unorthodox take on AI is now open source

When it comes to AI, Sony isn't mentioned in the conversation like Google, Amazon and Apple are. However, let's remember that it was on the forefront of deep learning with products like the Aibo robot dog, and has used it recently in the Echo-like Xp...

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Apple’s revolutionary approach to AR

J. M. Manness, writing for Seeking Alpha [Free Regwall] digs into the importance of augmented reality (AR) and how Apple’s approach is so groundbreaking. J. M. does a terrific job explaining the technical issues involved in AR, as well as why Apple’s approach has opened the floodgates for developers (and leapfrogged Apple over Google in this area).

A few tastes:

Essentially, an API does all the hard work for the programmer. This is true here probably more so than in any other API. ARKit provides services for each of the problems listed above. In each case, the incredible work of interpreting the real world scene, all the artificial intelligence programming that has been done, all is hidden under the hood, and the programmer just needs to request a description of nearby surfaces. Placing the model into the scene will subject it to the automatically detected light sources and resize it as it is moved in relation to the viewer, or the user moves the viewing device around...

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A cyberattack the world isn’t ready for

Nicole Perlroth, New York Times:

The strike on IDT, a conglomerate with headquarters in a nondescript gray building here with views of the Manhattan skyline 15 miles away, was similar to WannaCry in one way: Hackers locked up IDT data and demanded a ransom to unlock it.

The Wanna Cry attack made huge headlines. The IDT attack did not.

But the ransom demand was just a smoke screen for a far more invasive attack that stole employee credentials. With those credentials in hand, hackers could have run free through the company’s computer network, taking confidential information or destroying machines.

This is a huge issue. The premise is, there are many of these attacks and they are almost all undiscovered, allowing the attacker to build up a treasure trove of employee credentials. The attack was allegedly carried out using cyberweapons stolen from the NSA.

Scans for the two hacking tools used against IDT indicate that the company is not alone. In fact...

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Tim Cook meets with Indian prime minister as Apple...

Now that local iPhone production is underway in India, with the first ‘Assembled in India’ iPhones on sale, Apple will be hoping that it has shown it can meet the required conditions to open its own retail stores in the country. Apple products are currently sold only through third-party authorised resellers.

Details have now emerged of a meeting on Sunday between Apple CEO Tim Cook and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi …


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Snag a Certified Refurbished Apple Pencil From Apple...

It took 18 months to finally show up in the refurbished store, but those who need a new Apple Pencil can now save a bit of money by buying refurbished straight from Apple.

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Rumor: Apple acquires SensoMotoric Instruments

It’s not confirmed yet, but Apple may have acquired an eye tracking technology company called SensoMotoric Instruments. The report is based on legal activity discovered through a shell company and Apple attorney Gene Levoff.

SensoMotoric Instruments was technically acquired by Venture Capital Corporation, which is purported to be connected to Apple. The current acquisition papers list the deal through Cupertino, California and any anonymous source stated that the deal closed today.

Based on information still listed on SMI’s website, the company envisions its eye tracking technology being used in “PCs to cars, and industrial processes.”

SMI offered the following description on its web site:

SMI sees computer vision becoming an integral part of day-to-day applications. To that end, our work adds critical value for doctors, patients, researchers, trainees, marketing and usability professionals and ultimately, for users of everyday appliances.


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Apple launches iOS 11 public beta

If you’re looking to play around with iOS 11, now’s your chance.

Apple on Monday released the first public beta of iOS 11, offering an initial opportunity to sample the upcoming operating system prior to its debut this fall. The beta had only been available to qualified developers.

iOS 11’s notable changes include background enhancements to Siri, Apple Pay, Photos and other first-party apps and services. Siri is said to have gained new intelligence features and a revamped voice response system, while Maps incorporates a Do Not Disturb feature for safe driving and assets for indoor mapping.

Apple has revamped the App Store for the first time since its 2008 launch, the new version using an Apple Music-style tab-based design to promote popular apps, games, videos and curated content.

iOS 11’s Control Center has also been completely redesigned and now incorporates a panel system boasting a wide array of app and system controls.

The upcoming...

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NBC apps now support Single Sign-on on iPad &...

If you watch NBC shows on iPhone or iPad, you’ll be pleased to know that support for Single Sign-on has now been extended to iOS devices. Single sign-on for NBC was previously only available on Apple TV …


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EU hammers Google with $2.7 billion antitrust fine...

The European Commission has wrapped up its antitrust investigation against Google, and has decreed that it must pay $2.72 billion to settle charges related to it favoring its own products over rivals in search results.

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How to check your iPhone battery percentage in macOS...

Did you know you can check your iPhone battery from your Mac? Well, you can.  Here’s how:

Make sure your Mac and iPhone are both using the same iCloud account and have Bluetooth enabled.

Hold down the Option key and click the Wi-Fi icon in the Mac menu bar. After a second or so, your iPhone will show up in the Personal Hotspot section even if you’re not using it to set up a personal hotspot. If you’re not using it as a personal hotspot, that option will be in light grey; if you are using the iPhone for that purpose, Personal Hotspot will be in bold letters.

The battery icon and signal strength is display. However, if you mouse over your iPhone's line, a small menu will appear that shows the exact percentage of battery you have left.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)

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Is the physical location of data becoming irrelevant?

I've said this before and haven't changed my mind that I would never trust all my data to be stored in the cloud. The Gartner research group says that the physical location of data still matters, but will become increasingly irrelevant and will be replaced by a combination of legal location, political location and logical location in most organizations by 2020.

Historically, people equated physical proximity with physical control over data and security. Although everybody knows that locally stored data can be accessed remotely, the desire for physical control still exists, especially among regulatory bodies. Gartner advises organizations not to dismiss concerns about physical location, and instead balance the discussion with other types of risk. 

That may be. However, Yours Truly will always have several physical back-up copies of his important data, as well as a cloud back-up.

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Notable apps and app updates for June 26, 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

KerCodex has introduced Find that Book 1.0. If you've got plenty of books in various bookcases and you stopped trying to sort them, the appcan help you find them. You must first take photos of your books by bundles and keyword them using Siri Dictation or character recognition. Once that's done, the proximity keyword search feature will help you locate specific titles. Find that Book 1.0 is free up through 50 book bundles; the unlimited version costs $1.99 for an in-app purchase.

Element Cell Game has launched 2048 Time Attack 1.0. In the...

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An Augmented Reality Tape Measure Is Way Cooler Than...

Introduced at WWDC 2017 as part of iOS 11, Apple’s ARKit will provide the tools for developers to tap into the increasingly popular and important world of augmented reality. And now that the iOS 11 betas are in developers’ hands, we’re getting some amazing first looks at what AR on the iPhone and iPad will soon deliver. One of the coolest is AR Measure, a tape measuring app that is way cooler than it sounds. Check out the video demo, below.

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iPhone 8 facing OLED supply issues, latest report...

Apple’s highly anticipated 2017 iPhone cycle is a matter of months away, and the supply chain reports are rolling in as production ramps up. The iPhone 8 is expected to be a major upgrade with a new bezel-less design, stainless steel and glass chassis, and an 5.8-inch OLED display.

There are always stories about iPhone delays, although this year it feels like we have had more than ever. A new report from Digitimes blames OLED panel supply as the latest bottleneck in the production process …


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Apple patent tracks sleep, adjusts alarms based on...

A patent granted to Apple on Tuesday details the use of devices like iPhone and Apple Watch -- and potentially Beddit -- in adjusting morning alarms based on monitored sleep patterns, shedding light on the company's research into sleep science.

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Host a Remote YouTube Viewing Party With Uptime

The experimental app from Google’s Area 120 incubator is now free for all users on iOS.

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Monday June 26

Apple starts selling refurbished Apple Pencil, get...

While we’ve seen the accessory discounted a few times in the past, Apple this evening has started selling a refurbished Apple Pencil via its online store for $85 in the United States…


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How to Get Hackintosh Messages to Work Consistently

Here’s what it takes to be able to send iMessages and use SMS text forwarding on your Hackintosh.

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Apple Teams with Hertz for Self Driving Car Tests

Apple and Hertz are reportedly working together to test a small fleet of self driving cars.

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5 Hidden iOS 10 Features You Might not Know

You’ll be amazed at how much nicer your iPhone experience is with these iOS tips from Jeff Butts.

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First look: Nvidia GeForce Now brings premium gaming...

AppleInsider goes hands on with the latest beta version of Nvidia GeForce Now, a cloud gaming service that promises to deliver high-end gaming experiences to Mac.

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[Sponsor] Timing — Automatic Time Tracking for Mac

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AWT News Update: June 26, 2017

"Why yes, I do look like a total nerd wearing these glasses!" Image via SensoMotoric Instruments

The last Monday in the month of June brings us stories about failed startups, Apple acquisitions, contested deals, and insurance discounts...

  • A startup launched by three ex-Apple iPod engineers closes down shop
  • Remember the Toshiba memory business sale we talked about last week? Western Digital isn't happy at all about who won the auction of the memory biz
  • A new Apple acquisition could have long-lasting impact on the company's VR and AR plans
  • Tim Cook, speaking at a Cisco event, promises enterprises discounts on cyber-security insurance if companies use both Apple and Cisco products

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


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The best of ARKit: Falcon 9 landing, Minecraft, Van...

Apple officially unveiled its new ARKit platform earlier this month at WWDC, and since then developers have been playing with the feature and showing off just how powerful it is. We’ve highlighted some implementations of ARKit thus far, but head below for a full roundup of some of the best ARKit uses yet…


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Apple buys SensoMotoric Instruments, an eye tracking...

Apple has scooped up SenSoMotoric Instruments (SMI), a Germany-based company that makes eye tracking hardware and software. The deal was first reported by MacRumors and confirmed by Axios.

SMI provides eye tracking systems for scientific research, professional solutions and original equipment manufacturer applications. The eye trackers can be combined with motion tracking systems, EEG, and other biometric data. They can be integrated into virtual reality environments, head-mounted displays (such as the Oculus Rift), simulators, cars, or computers as a measurement or interaction modality.

The acquisition could help Apple with its efforts in augmented and virtual reality....

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Apple releases first public beta of iOS 11

Apple has released the first public beta of iOS 11 for iPhone and iPad users. The finished version is due this fall and will be a free software update. 

iOS 11 has been in developer beta testing since early June. If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here. The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

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Apple buys German eye tracking firm SensoMotoric...

Apple has entered into an agreement to purchase German company SensoMotoric Instruments -- a company noted for hardware and software for eye tracking sensors, useful for augmented reality.

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iOS 11 Public Beta Available for iPhone and iPad

Apple released the first public beta of iOS 11 on Monday, following through on its promise to give users a taste of the next major iPhone and iPad operating system.

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Apple goes live with first public betas of macOS...

In tandem with Monday's iOS 11 release, Apple today also launched the first public betas of macOS High Sierra, and tvOS 11 for the Apple TV.

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Apple Releases First Public Beta Of iOS 11 for...

Zac Hall, writing for 9to5Mac: Apple has released the first macOS High Sierra public beta for Mac. This allows users who are not registered developers to test pre-release versions of macOS with new features for free. Prior to the public beta availability, macOS High Sierra has only been available to test with a $99/year developer account. You can register for the free public beta program here. [Note: some outlets report that the update is still "coming soon." [...] Apple has released the first iOS 11 public beta for iPhone and iPad. This allows users who are not registered developers to test pre-release versions of iOS with new features for free. You can register for the free public beta program here..


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Apple releases first iOS 11 public beta to testers

Apple on Monday released the first public beta of iOS 11, offering iPhone and iPad with extra test devices the opportunity to sample the upcoming operating system prior to its debut this fall.

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Apple's Cook promises security insurance...

Apple CEO Tim Cook made a surprise appearance at a Cisco event in Las Vegas on Monday, revealing plans to help businesses with discounts on cyber-security insurance if they use products from both companies. Following the event, Cisco announced another outcome of its Apple partnership, the Cisco Security Connector app for iPhone and iPad.

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How-To: Install iOS 11 public beta on your eligible...

As we just noted, the iOS 11 public beta has been released for anyone who is interested in trying iOS 11 before it is officially released later this fall. That means that you don’t have to be a registered Apple developer in order to install iOS 11, as the public beta process affords a straightforward process for anyone wishing to take the software for an early test drive. In this walkthrough, we’ll guide you through the iOS 11 install process step-by-step on your eligible iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. more…

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Recommendations in Setapp to be released June 27

Setapp, the first Mac app-subscription service is launching a personalized AI-based recommendation system dubbed App Advisor tomorrow (June 27). Every time a user launches the service, it will come up with app suggestions from the Setapp collection. 

According to Oleksandr Kosovan, founder and CEO of Setapp, the recommendation models rely mostly on:

  • Collaborative filtering, used to determine the users’ preferences from historical usage data. If two customers use largely the same set of applications, their tastes are likely to be similar. 
  • Content-based filtering, used to recommend the applications that are similar to those that a user used in the past. 

A single monthly subscription of $9.99 with a free trial month. With a referral program one can get up to six months of free subscription.

Setapp is a flat-fee...

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Apple releases first iOS 11 public beta for iPhone...

Apple has released the first iOS 11 public beta for iPhone and iPad. This allows users who are not registered developers to test pre-release versions of iOS with new features for free.


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∞ Thoughts on iOS 11

With iOS 11 Public Beta being released today, I could easily sum up my thoughts on the new iOS by saying I think it’s one of the most significant releases ever. Not for any particular whiz-bang feature, but for the attention to detail and all of the small features that people can use every day. […]

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Report: Apple may have bought eye tracking tech firm...

Apple may have purchased an eye tracking technology company called SensoMotoric Instruments, MacRumors believes. The report is based on legal activity discovered through a shell company and Apple attorney Gene Levoff.


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First tvOS 11 public beta for Apple TV now available...

[Update: iOS 11 public beta 1 is rolling out now, but tvOS 11 may not be available yet. tvOS 11 public beta is still coming soon.]

Apple has released the first tvOS 11 public beta for non-developers to test on Apple TV. The first tvOS 11 public beta includes new features like Home Screen Syncing, light and dark mode automatic switching, and full AirPods support.


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First macOS High Sierra public beta is now available...

[Update: iOS 11 public beta 1 is rolling out now, but macOS High Sierra may not be available yet. macOS High Sierra public beta is still coming soon.]

Apple has released the first macOS High Sierra public beta for Mac. This allows users who are not registered developers to test pre-release versions of macOS with new features for free.


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Apple puts autonomous tech in the Hertz driver’s seat

Apple is leasing some vehicles from Hertz Global to use for autonomous testing, according to Bloomberg. Documents on file with the California Department of Motor Vehicles indicate that Apple will use Lexus RX450h sport utility vehicles for the testing.

When Apple received its license to test three autonomous vehicles from the state’s DMV in April, the documents listed Donlen as the lessor and Apple as the lessee. A half-dozen vehicles have been testing Apple’s autonomous technology on public roads in and around the San Francisco Bay area for at least a year, a person familiar with Apple’s project told Bloomberg earlier this year.

The news breaks on the same day that an autonomous vehicle testing partnership between Avis and Google property Waymo was also unveiled.

The Hertz Corp., a subsidiary of Hertz Global...

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Vimeo kills plans for subscription video service...

Vimeo -- typically seen as a YouTube competitor -- has officially cancelled plans to enter into the world of Netflix-style subscription video.

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Review: Focal Spark In-Ear Headphones

Focal is a bit of an institution in the audiophile community. Pronounced "fo-cal", this company has long been known for its high-end speakers for home and car audio. Last year, Focal made a splash with two ultra high-end headphones, the $1000 Elear and $4000 Utopia, which some have called the best in the world. Focal now seeks to expand its reach with the Spark, an entry-level IEM. We found them to be consistent with Focal's heritage and, at $69, worthy of a recommendation despite one significant flaw.

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Apple, Cisco team up cyber-security insurance...

Apple and Cisco, which specializes in IT and networking, want mutual customers to receive a cyber-security insurance premium discount, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins said at a Cisco event in Las Vegas, reports Reuters.

During his appearance onstage at a Cisco event, Tim Cook commented on the safety of using Apple and Cisco products together rather than a competing device from Alphabet. He said the companies will “spend some energy on” achieving these discounts and customers choosing the more secure product partnership should “reap that benefit.” 

Cisco is the largest networking company in the world. It develops, manufactures, and sells...

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U.S. Supercomputers, Death of FireWire and iMac Pro...

U.S. Supercomputers falling behind, the story of the slow death of FireWire, and some very special hardware in the coming iMac Pro.

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Inside iOS 11: One-handed keyboard assists large...

Starting this fall with the release of iOS 11, iPhone users will have the option of invoking a special one-handed keyboard, making it especially easy to type with larger screens.

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Nintendo Bringing Back Retro Games with Mini SNES...

Nostalgic gamers rejoice, for Nintendo is bringing back its classic console as the mini Super NES Classic console system. It will come with 21 games like Super Mario World, F-ZERO, Final Fantasy III, Earthbound, Super Mario Kart, and Star Fox 2, which was previously unreleased. Nintendo will launch the mini SNES Classic Edition on September 29th for US$79.99. Just like the NES Classic, it will have an HDMI port so you can hook it up directly to your TV. Hopefully Nintendo learned its lesson when it released the NES Classic, which was hard to come by because of limited stock and was discontinued earlier this year. When September finally comes around, it wouldn’t be surprising if the SNES Classic is quickly sold out.

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Report: Apple partnering with Hertz to lease...

As Google’s Waymo announced a deal with Avis this morning to store and service a fleet of its autonomous vehicles, Apple is reported to be partnering with Hertz as a part of its self-driving vehicle efforts.

The arrangement between Waymo and Avis will be based on vehicle storage and light service while Waymo will retain vehicle ownership. In contrast, Apple’s deal with Hertz will include leasing a small number of Lexus RX450H vehicles, the same model it has been using since the California Department of Motor Vehicles approved Apple to test self-driving technology.


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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 26...

Notable software releases this week include LaunchBar 6.9, Aeon Timeline 2.2.3, and Airfoil 5.6.1.


Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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ExtraBITS for 26 June 2017

We have two ExtraBITS commemorating the 10th anniversary of the iPhone: veteran technology journalists gathered to discuss how the iPhone has changed the world, and former Apple executive Scott Forstall appeared onstage at the Computer History Museum to discuss the iPhone’s origins and more.


Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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Apple to partner with rental car company Hertz on...

Apple's in-house self-driving vehicle technology will reportedly hit the road in a partnership with rental car provider Hertz, giving Apple the ability to put its technology to the test in a highly public way.

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TMO Background Mode Interview with TekRevue Founder...

Jim Tanous is the founder of the TekRevue website. That’s where you’ll find a wealth of technical articles and reviews for Apple, PC and Linux products. He’s also a regular contributor and editor here at The Mac Observer. Jim was always interested in computer technology, even from age seven. There was no computer at home when he was growing up, but his elementary school had Apple IIs, and he learned the BASIC language. However, Jim’s father was an attorney, and Jim thought, all the way into his second year of law school, that he would become an attorney also. Then one day, he realized that he wasn’t enjoying himself. That, in turn led, by his account, to becoming an Apple Genius. Tune in to find out how he made that grand leap.

[Background Mode will return on July 10.]

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Powrtabs Disposable Battery Chargers: $19.99

A battery backup is practically essential for iPhone owners on the go, but what happens if your portable charger is drained? The Powrtabs Disposable Battery Charger aims to fix that problem with, well, disposable battery charger packs. Each pack is rated at 1,000 mAh so you’ll get about a four hour boost off one. They’re made from recycled materials and designed to be thrown away once they’re used. You can pick up a five pack for Lightning connector iPhones for US$19.99 with TMO’s deal—that’s 19% off the recular $24.95 price.

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Tim Cook talks iOS and enterprise at Cisco event,...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has made an unannounced appearance at this year’s Cisco Live US event happening now in Las Vegas. Cook’s appearance marks two years since Apple and Cisco unveiled a new partnership to create an iOS “fast lane” for enterprise customers.


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Apple Releases Update for iOS 11 Developer Beta 2

If you have an older iPhone or iPad running iOS 11 Developer Beta 2 there’s a good chance you’re seeing an update today.

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Uptime app for watching YouTube w/ friends leaves...

Google is unique in that it allows its employees to spend 20% of their time working on personal projects on top of their daily tasks. To help employees, Google has an incubator called Area 120 where projects can come to life. One of the latest apps to come out of Area 120 is called Uptime, and it allows friends to watch, comment, and react to YouTube videos in real-time. Previously in an invite-only beta, Uptime is now available to all as an iOS exclusive…


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AWT TV Episode 13 Tonight at 6:30 PM PT/9:30 PM ET

It's lucky episode 13 of AWT TV tonight, but we don't expect any disasters... Marty Edwards and Steve Sande will take you through our new show format tonight, which is a bit more structured but still provides adequate time for us to chat and discuss! 

To watch the show, head out to our YouTube channel at 6:30 PM PT/9:30 PM ET (or whatever local time it may be wherever you are). 

The first 10 minutes of the show will be a quick overview of some of the more interesting stories of the past week in Apple news, followed by:

• Marty Edwards, doing a detailed dive into Messages, stickers, apps, effects and drawing

• Steve Sande, with a hands-on overview of the 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro with TouchBar

• Marty again, with a review of...

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Proper iOS 11 downgrade procedure detailed on Apple...

Following up on today’s release of iOS 11 beta 2 update 1, Apple has also updated their beta software support page to detail the proper methods in downgrading to iOS 10. Many developers on iOS 11 beta 2 had noticed that downgrading was broken and today’s changes look to resolve that.


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Google to End Gmail Scanning, Nike’s AR Shoe...

Jeff Butts and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet sort out exactly what Google’s plan to stop scanning our Gmail accounts really means, plus they take a look at Nike’s new augmented reality shoe promotion scheme.

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Facebook is reportedly planning to launch high-budget scripted TV shows by late summer, directly competing against services like Amazon Video, Netflix, and Apple Music.

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The United States of Amazon

Amazon's significant expansion into yet another market -- this time, grocery stores -- dominated many of my conversations last week. Clearly, Amazon warned us. I've been here before -- you see, back in the 1990s, when Amazon was just books, I was running the company's e-commerce unit. I got into an argument with one of the analysts focused on Amazon, who believed the company wouldn't go beyond books. I argued that the model it was using could -- and would -- expand to other things, but even I wasn't thinking broadly enough.

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A week after macOS Sierra's move to beta 4 launching the set, Apple has made the latest watchOS 3.2.3 beta available for developer testing alongside a pair of very minor developer's updates for iOS 11 and tvOS 11.

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Forget the (still unreleased iPhone 8). That’s yesterday’s news. We need rumors about 2018’s “iPhone 9.”

Oh wait, here’s one: LG Innotek is setting up flexible printed circuit board (PCB) production, with the goal of becoming a primary supplier for next year’s Apple smartphone, according to the Korea Economic Daily.

Quoting unnamed “industry sources,” LG Innotek has almost completed the development of flexible PCBs and is likely to break the ground for related facilities in the latter half of this year. If the rumor is true, does that mean more flexible iPhones?

Most likely. PCBs have the potential to replace multiple rigid boards and/or connectors.

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Apple is rolling out a new build of the iOS 11 beta 2 update first released last week. The new version includes a higher build version, 15A5304j up from 15A5304i, and appears to be rolling out over-the-air for select devices. For devices seeing the update, the new release is called iOS 11 Developer beta 2 Update 1. Apple has similarly released an updated build of the tvOS 11 beta 2 build.


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MacSales introduces 2TB Aura Pro SSD has announced the availability of the new OWC 2.0TB Aura Pro Solid State Drive for mid-2012 to early 2013 Apple MacBook Pros with Retina display. It’s also compatible with 2010-2012 MacBook Air.

The Aura Pro 2.0TB SSD upgrade frees up and boosts capacity on the internal hard drive. It’s also available as a kit with an Envoy Pro enclosure to immediately reuse an Apple internal hard drive, creating a new external USB 3.1 Gen1 portable drive. 

The Aura Pro SSD’s global wear leveling algorithm automatically distributes data evenly and manages program/erase count, maximizing SSD lifespan. Its StaticDataRefresh technology manages free space, gradually refreshing data across the SSD over time. The Hardware BCH ECC corrects errors up to 66-bit/1KB for superior data retention and drive health. The Aura Pro SSD’s advanced security protocols support AES 128/256-bit full-drive encryption.  

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Apple has begun seeding the fourth watchOS 3.2.3 beta for Apple Watch. The update is only available to registered developers for testing.


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LG Innotek is in the process of setting up flexible printed circuit board (PCB) production, with the goal of becoming a primary supplier for the Apple iPhone, according to a report out of LG's home country, South Korea.

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I’m not usually a fan of remakes but Franklin’s incredible version of the song blows away the original.

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Pearl Automation -- a startup founded by former Apple workers, which sold an iPhone-connected rear-view camera for cars -- has reportedly shut down, largely because of low initial sales.

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After announcing the global roll out of its Cozmo robots will start in Canada next month, Anki is launching a companion program in its Cozmo app on July 31 to teach kids to code. In a press release, the company laments the current state of coding programs aimed at kids, calling them a “lackluster and disjointed experience.” The company’s Cozmo Code Lab is intended to make for a more intuitive experience, providing a simple visual…

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'Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A Bad Boy...

Apple Music-Exclusive documentary on Bad Boy Records --"Can't Stop, Won't Stop" has been released, but early reception to the film appears to be not good.

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The iPad Pro: Now a true photographer’s tool

I’m looking to replace my older iPad with a Pro for the reasons Carlson lists in his piece. It really is very close to being a Mac replacement for some photographers.

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Nike is going all in with augmented reality on the iPhone for its latest shoe promotions.

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Apple has said that its public beta program for upcoming software releases including iOS 11 will start in June. That means we can expect the first public betas sometime between now and Friday. Apple’s public beta program this year will allow users to test iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, and tvOS 11 for free, but there are still some things to consider before jumping in…


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External Link: The iPhone at 10

Believe it or not, the iPhone has been on the market for 10 years! To mark the occasion, tech journalist David Pogue reunited with the three other journalists who were given pre-release review iPhones by Apple: Steven Levy, Ed Baig, and Walt Mossberg. Although the iPhone would end up changing the world, that wasn’t apparent at first. “After three days, I was ready to throw this thing out of the window for trying to type on glass,” Mossberg quipped. But has Apple run out of steam since the debut of the iPhone? Baig rose to Apple’s defense. “How often can you come out with something that changes the world? I mean, we’re all unfair, perhaps, in the media sometimes. Oh, they haven’t had a hit lately. Well, who else had a hit lately? It’s not an easy thing to do.”


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Pearl Automation Reportedly Shutting Down After Poor...

The company, founded by three former Apple engineers, released the RearVision, its first product, just a year ago.

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Adorama this week is offering AI readers an additional $50 to $100 off popular Mid 2017 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro configurations in Space Gray with our exclusive promo code. On top of the instant and coupon savings, the Apple authorized reseller will not collect sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ -- and shipping is free.

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External Link: Scott Forstall Interviewed at the...

To commemorate the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, Scott Forstall, Apple’s former Senior Vice President of iOS Software, sat down for an interview with journalist John Markoff at the Computer History Museum. Forstall told stories about the origins of the iPhone and how Steve Jobs saved his life.


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∞ How the iPhone was born: inside stories of...

[VIDEO] The Wall Street Journal pulled together a masterful insider’s take, embedded in the main Loop post, on the creation of the iPhone. Great, great, great.

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Listen to radio stations around the world

Radio Garden uses a Google Earth interface that allows you to roam the planet and click on radio stations around the world.

This is fun to play with, though I wish the collection of stations was larger, more inclusive. But worth a look.

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Taking and managing screenshots in iOS 11

[VIDEO] Every time I watch an iOS 11 tutorial, I get a larger appreciation for how big a leap forward this latest rev is. In this one (embedded in the main Loop post), Jeff Benjamin talks through the process of taking and managing screenshots in iOS 11.

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It had us at “Hello”: The iPhone turns 10

Yesterday, we embedded a video pulled together by David Pogue on the 4 people Steve Jobs handpicked to review the original iPhone.

David Pogue also wrote a cover story for CBS News with a broader embedded video, which includes bits of the “4 original iPhone reviewers” piece, but goes further, including an interview with Bas Ording, an iPhone engineer who helped pull together the original touch screen mechanics.


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$18 billion deal for Toshiba's memory division...

Extending the saga even further, Western Digital has notified Toshiba's board of directors that it formally opposes Toshiba's sale of its memory division to any group that has ties to its primary competitor SK Hynix -- and the favored consortium is relying on funding from it.

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News: Apple cuts 58,000 Chinese apps from the App...

From June 10 to 21, Apple cut around 58,000 Chinese apps from its App Store, a number six to 10 times larger than usual, reports. Beijing-based data analysis firm ASO 100 noticed the sudden spike, leading to some grumbling that the move could be seen as retaliation against Tencent, owner of the WeChat app at the center of a debate about Apple’s insistence on taking a 30 percent cut of “tips” sent through social media apps…

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