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Friday January 19

16:38
Apple's iOS 11 installed on 65% of compatible...




Apple on Friday updated its developer website with fresh iOS 11 adoption statistics, revealing 65 percent of compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices are now running the current generation operating system.

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16:37
HomePod receives FCC approval, should be available...

Apple’s HomePod has received official FCC approval, which means the smart speaker should be available any day now. Plus, according to the Taipei Times, Inventec Corp., one of the two assemblers for the smart speaker, has released an initial shipment of about one million.

HomePod shipments this year are expected to reach between 10 million and 12 million units, with Inventec and Hon Hai each fulfilling half of the orders, the article adds. Apple unveiled its first voice-controlled smart speaker during the June 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference.

The HomePod was originally slated to arrive before the end of the year. However, in November, Apple issued a statement saying that it needed more time before the product is ready for customers.

The $349 smart speaker is just under seven inches tall and looks like a piece of furniture. It will be available...

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16:29
Apple hires the tech team from SVDS, a data science...

Apple has hired the tech team from Silicon Valley Data Science (SVDS), a business transformation consulting startup, but didn’t buy the company, according to TechCrunch.

It’s a data science consulting company specializing in agile and business-focused solutions. Apple reportedly hired at least 18 members of the staff (roughly half to one-third of the total) including a co-founder/CTO and the other co-founder/CEO. The tech giant will likely use the new talent to further beef up its enterprise efforts.

SVDS offers data strategy, architecture advisory, and agile build services. The company was founded in 2013 and is based in Mountain View, California.

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16:09
Apple stands by Microsoft against 'global...




Microsoft's long-running battle with the Department of Justice over a federal court ruling that could force American companies to hand data about foreign customers over to the U.S. government will soon be heard by the Supreme Court.

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15:16
Facebook will ask users to rank news source...

Along with Facebook announcing the first major changes to its News Feed, the social media service will begin ranking news sources based on trustworthiness as it prioritizes information. Rather than determining news source trustworthiness itself, Facebook will let users decide.

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15:12
Apple’s Approach to Education Only Goes So Far

There are some fundamental issues related to education in an environment immersed in social media. What can Apple do better?


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15:08
Apple Raids Staff at Data Science Startup for...

Apple has hired away somewhere between one third and half of the employees of an enterprise consulting startup called Silicon Valley Data Science


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14:28
Apple Daily Report for January 19, 2018

The AWT News Update is on a one-day hiatus while my compadre, Steve, takes care of some personal business. 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.

Apple has introduced an all new design for its App Store apps on the web. You can see ‘em by accessing or searching for any iOS or Mac app while on the web. 

Def Leppard has released their full catalogue of material on streaming services for the first time. A dispute over royalty payments between the Sheffield outfit and Universal Music – who own the rights to the original recordings – has meant classic albums such as Pyromania and Hysteria have never been available on sites such as Apple Music until now.

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14:22
Apple's HomePod gets FCC approval, hinting at...




Adding to evidence that the HomePod is nearing an official release, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has given its stamp of approval for the device.

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14:14
Apple receives FCC approval for HomePod

Ahead of the promised “early 2018” launch of the HomePod, Apple has received official FCC approval for the smart speaker. Now that FCC approval has been obtained, Apple is free to begin selling the device at any time.

I can’t wait to try out the HomePod.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:08
010: HomePod FCC approval, Apple hiring data...

Today we’ve got Apple’s latest hiring spree, iOS 11 adoption numbers compared to Android, and HomePod one step closer to going on sale, plus the best deals to check out this weekend from 9to5Toys.com.

9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneInGoogle Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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14:03
Kristen Wiig Will Star in Comedy Series for Apple,...

Variety reported that Ms. Wiig will star in a 10-episode half-hour comedy, her first regular TV gig since leaving Saturday Night Live in 2012.


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13:49
U.S. border guards can search your phone: here are...

This is a concern not just for non-US citizens but also for US citzens arriving back into the country. Know your rights and know what to do and what not to do.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:44
Apple's Tim Cook talks education, says he...




As part of a European tour to promote Apple's new university coding courses, the company's potentate sat for a wide-ranging discussion during a stop at Harlow College in the U.K.

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13:39
HomePod launch appears imminent as smart speaker...

It looks like Apple’s HomePod launch is closer than ever as the smart speaker has now received FCC approval.

more…

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13:30
News: iLounge Weekly arriving Monday, sign up now

The latest edition of iLounge Weekly will once again be coming to subscribers’ inboxes early next week. iLounge Weekly is our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge. It’s a summary of the previous week’s news, reviews, and feature articles, meant to get you caught up on recent events. It also often features giveaways and accessory discount offers from various companies. There’s still plenty of time to sign up and receive…

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13:25
Apple’s Everyone Can Code Initiative Spreading to...

The tech sector is growing fast across Europe, and computing and informatics jobs are in high demand.


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13:11
Hands-on: ‘Flir One Pro’ turns your iPhone into a...

The human eye is amazing, but it’s limited as to what it can see. That’s where imaging tools like thermal cameras can come in handy, allowing you to see and diagnose problems that are normally invisible to the eye. This thermal, or infrared energy, is present in all matter, but because its wavelength is beyond the scope of what the human eye can discern, it’s invisible to us without the necessary tools.

Thanks to modern-day smartphones like the iPhone, these tools are now a lot more accessible to the everyday person. One such example is the Flir One Pro — a portable thermal camera attachment that connects directly to an iPhone’s Lightning port.

If you’re a homeowner, or just someone who’s curious about the type of technology that allows you to see through walls and identify heat signatures like you’re in the movie Predator, then Flir’s One Pro is a mighty-impressive, if not tiny, piece of kit. Watch our hands-on video...

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12:57
How to Create a Personalized HTML Email Signature

Using an HTML email signature in Apple Mail is a little complex, and will require us to use the Terminal, but you can copy and paste the commands within.


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12:56
Universal Paperclips Review: Filling Office Space

I ended up creating 30 septendecillion paper clips. The game is best described as “a little odd” but definitely addictive for me.

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12:33
Admin console

 January 19, 2018 12:33:00 PM PST

Admin console service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change.

 January 19, 2018 11:45:00 AM PST

Our team is continuing to investigate this issue. We will provide an update by January 19, 2018 12:45:00 PM PST with more information about this problem. Thank you for your patience.

 January 19, 2018 11:30:00 AM PST

We're investigating reports of an issue with Admin console. We will provide more information shortly.


Admins may use the search bar to find and access settings.

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12:32
Amazon raises the price for Prime

The price of the monthly Prime membership for new members increased from $10.99 to $12.99 on January 19, 2018.

I know a lot of people that have Prime and seem to love the benefits.

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12:18
iOS 11 adoption surpasses the last three versions of...

Apple has shared updated metrics on iOS 11 adoption today. The latest data says that the installed iOS 11 user base is more than double that of iOS 10 and that only 7% of users are running iOS 9 or earlier.

more…

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12:10
Def Leppard now available on Apple Music

This is great news for fans of Rock and Def Leppard. Turns out, some changes at the music labels led to the band’s music being available on many streaming services today.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:10
Voice commands coming to Amazon's Alexa app for...




People wanting to make use of Amazon's Alexa voice assistant will soon be able to talk to it through the company's iOS app, instead of depending on an Echo speaker or other compatible device.

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12:00
Mac: Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac

Although Apple’s own iWork suite provides a decent set of productivity tools for personal use, it’s pretty hard to argue that Microsoft’s Office suite remains the 800-pound gorilla in the room when it comes to features and compatibility for exchanging documents with others. Even though Microsoft tends to lag a bit behind in their Mac versions, they provide reasonably good support for the Mac platform, making it easier for users to work on files from their own computers, or even to use their Macs at work. With the latest update to Office 2016 for Mac, Microsoft has finally brought real-time collaboration and cloud-based autosave to the Mac apps, bringing them closer to their Windows brethren, and more importantly allowing Mac users into the collaborative playground of their Windows-using colleagues.
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11:49
∞ 65% of Apple devices are on iOS 11

Apple’s iOS 11 has proven to be very popular among its users, according to new data the company released on Friday. […]

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11:35
Apple hires away tech team from SVDS, potentially to...




Apple has reportedly hired a number of employees away from startup Silicon Valley Data Science, providing roles to members of the firm's technology team, including co-founders and the CEO, with the move potentially made to help Apple improve its partnerships with enterprise customers.

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11:16
iMac Pro review: Mac Pro power in the shape of an...

The reports of the power of this iMac make it not only droolworthy (I wish I could justify getting one) but it gets me thinking – how incredible will the promised 2018 Mac Pro be?

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11:09
Bloomberg: Apple hires data scientist team for...

Apple has hired a team of data scientists from a company called Silicon Valley Data Science, Bloomberg reports. While it doesn’t sound like a full blown acquisition, the report notes that Apple’s hiring spree includes the CEO of the consulting firm.

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11:01
Apple hires team from Silicon Valley Data Science

Sanjay Mathur, Silicon Valley Data Science’s founder and chief executive officer, joined Apple as part of the move. He leads “strategy and analytics initiatives for a group at Apple,” according to his LinkedIn profile. About 20 data scientists from the firm joined Apple, according to their LinkedIn profiles. They’re working on analytics for ad-related initiatives, which may include optimizing App Store ads.

I’d be interested to know what data Apple is going to use to improve its products. Is it actual data that will improve the iPhone on a personal level, or is it general data from its customers to improve its services?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:57
Amazon continues its assault on Siri with full voice...

Amazon has today brought full voice control to its Alexa app for Android and will be coming shortly to iOS as well. Previously, the Alexa app was more of a hub to customize Echo speakers and other smart home settings.

more…

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10:35
Instagram’s New Tracking Feature, Dolby Vision and...

John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to talk about Instagram’s new Show Active Status feature, plus John explains the confusing state of Dolby Vision for Apple TV 4K owners.


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10:32
Apple issues beta 5 for watchOS 4.2.2, beta 6 for...




Three new betas have been released by Apple for developer testing, with new versions of iOS 11.2.5, macOS 10.13.3 and watchOS 4.2.2 now available.

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10:15
How the AppleInsider podcast is recorded and edited




As the AppleInsider podcast approaches 160 episodes, one of the most common questions we still receive is how the show itself is produced. Our host Victor Marks offers a rundown of his process, including the hardware and software used to bring the weekly news program to life.

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10:14
Apple releases iOS 11.2.5 beta 7, watchOS 4.2.2 beta...

Apple has released multiple new betas for testing ahead of release. iOS 11.2.5 beta 7, watchOS 4.2.2 beta 5, and macOS 10.13.3 beta 6 are all now available on Apple’s developer center and over-the-air. Excluded is any new tvOS 11.2.5 beta, although a new version was released earlier this week.

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10:11
Weekend Deals: $200 off 15" MacBook Pros; $150...




From headphones to loaded MacBook Pros, we're rounding up the best deals on Apple devices, software and accessories. Save up to $500 on 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros. Or pick up a 10.5" iPad Pro for $599. Headphones start at $38.99, while new Apple Music subscribers can sign up for a 4-month free trial of the service.

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10:02
How Can You Not Love Clever Gadgets?

Dr. Mac’s 261st Rants & Raves column asks: “How can you not love clever gadgets?” before he describes two of his newfound favorites.


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09:42
Disconnect VPN 1-Year Premium Subscription: $19

We have a deal on Disconnect, a VPN service that specializes in tracker blocking. Our deal is for a one year subscription for $19 (regular price is $50), and it’s good for use on up to three devices. Check out the details on the deal listing.


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09:38
'Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery' trailer...




More details about PortKey Games' second 'Harry Potter' title destined for iOS have surfaced via a new trailer, meanwhile Robot Entertainment has shipped the sequel to 'Hero Academy' on iPhone and iPad, refreshing the original game by switching out asynchronous combat for real-time gameplay.

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09:28
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13-inch MacBook Pro $259 off,...

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

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09:21
CES 2018 Offers a Peek into HomeKit’s Future

Apple’s HomeKit home-automation ecosystem has been growing slowly but steadily, and numerous companies took advantage of CES 2018 to announce new HomeKit-compatible devices. Explore the most compelling new devices with HomeKit expert Josh Centers.

 

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08:56
NOMAD Intros Wireless Charging Hub with Extra USB-A...

NOMAD, well known for their cables and Apple Watch bands, just released a Qi-compatible wireless charging pad for the iPhone 8 and iPhone X. The wireless hub sports 7.5W output for charging your phone, along with a 3A USB-C and two 1A USB-A, and one 2.4A USB-A charging ports. Bundling in those extra ports makes it a great choice for your desk or your suitcase if you want an easy and convenient way to juice up your phone, iPad, and AirPods at the same time while you sleep. NOMAD’s Wireless Hub is priced at US$79.95 and is available at the company’s website.


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08:42
Amazon boosts monthly Prime subscriptions to $12.99...




Amazon slightly jacked the fee for monthly Amazon Prime subscribers by $2, making the annual subscription a better value than it was before.

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08:37
Apple Named Fortune’s Most Admired Company 11 Years...

The Fortune annual list of the World’s Most Admired Companies is out, and Apple is in the top spot again.


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08:09
Analysts say shareholders could win big from Apple...




Apple's plan to repatriate the majority of its overseas cash holdings to the United States will majorly benefit its shareholders, analysts claim, with the company expected to use part of the cash influx to increase its share buyback programs and significantly boost dividend payments.

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08:09
SoundSource 3.0.3

Brings full compatibility with macOS 10.13 High Sierra. ($10 new, free update, 3.5 MB)

 

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08:02
Apple tops the ‘World’s Most Admired Companies’ list...

Apple has taken the top spot on Fortune's annual "World's Most Admired Companies" list — for the 11th year in a row.

Fortune collaborated with the Korn Ferry research on this survey of corporate reputations. They began with a universe of about 1,500 candidates: the 1,000 largest U.S. companies ranked by revenue, along with non-U.S. companies in Fortune’s Global 500 database that have revenues of $10 billion or more. 

Fortune and Korn Ferry then winnowed the assortment to the highest-revenue companies in each industry, a total of 680 in 29 countries. The top-rated companies were picked from that pool of 680; the executives who voted work at the companies in that group.

To determine the best-regarded companies in 52 industries, Korn Ferry asked executives, directors, and analysts to rate enterprises in their own industry on nine criteria, from investment value and quality of...

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07:55
Analyst: iPhone X sales weaker than expected, but...

In a note to clients — as noted by MacRumors — KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says demand for the iPhone X has been weaker than expected (mainly in China), but that larger-sized iPhone models in the pipeline should see Apple grow its overall worldwide shipments year-on-year.

He’s revised the first and second quarters 2018 shipments of iPhone X to 18 million units and 13 million units, respectively. That’s lower than market consensus of 20-30 million and 15-20 million units. 

What’s more, Kuo feels that the iPhone X design may be a one-up with production ceasing in the summer when replacements for the fall are being produced. Overall shipments of the high-end smartphone will be around 62 million units, lower than his previous forecast of 80 million units, he says.

Kuo is forecasting three iPhone models in 2018: an OLED model that...

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07:48
How to Turn Off Instagram’s “Last Active” Tracking...

If you aren’t keen on Instagram’s new feature that lets the people you follow see when you’re active in the app, here’s how to turn it off.


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07:47
For the first time in over 20 years, Office is built...

A new version of Microsoft Office 2016 just shipped (release notes here).

What really caught my eye was this tweet from Microsoft’s Erik Schwiebert:

Mac Office 2016 version 16 is now live! For the first time in over 20 years, Office is again built out of one codebase for all platforms (Windows, Mac, iOS, Android)!https://t.co/6gNdKTOEHl

— Erik Schwiebert (@Schwieb) January 18, 2018

As Erik says, that is a massive code realignment. My 2 cents, this is good news for all Mac Office users. The Office experience will now have more consistency across platforms, and there’s more of a chance for new features to make their way to the Mac at the same time...

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07:44
Comment: With a rumored new iPhone lineup, it’s time...

I’ve commented before on Apple’s rather messy iPhone lineup. The company currently sells the iPhone SE, the iPhone 6s, the iPhone 7, the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X. Given the Plus model variations, and ignoring colors and storage capacities, that’s eight different phones across four different sizes.

If we ignore the relatively minor form factor differences between the iPhone 6s, 7 and 8, that’s also three different designs.

But KGI’s predictions of what we can expect this fall, reiterated today, would make for a much more sensible lineup …

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07:41
Criminal complain filed against Tim Cook regarding ‘...

A South Korean consumer group, Citizens United for Consumer Sovereignty, has filed a criminal complaint against Apple CEO Tim Cook regarding “Batterygate,” alleging the company deliberately shortens the lifespan  of its handsets.

Apple has published an apology letter to customers for slowing down older phones to compensate for erratic battery performance. The tech giant is offering $29 replacement batteries for those with an iPhone 6 or later. The discount, which represents a $50 savings, starts in late January and ends in December 2018. Apple will also add more battery health information to iOS to let users know when the battery begins to compromise performance.  

“For the sake of its loyal fans, Apple has to take responsibility over the slowing iPhones,” Park Soon-jang, an official at the advocacy group told...

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07:28
Seventy European tech colleges adopt Apple’s...

Apple has announced 70 colleges and universities in Europe have adopted Everyone Can Code, a comprehensive program designed by Apple to help everyone learn to build mobile apps. These colleges and universities are adopting Apple’s App Development with Swift curriculum.

Everyone Can Code is a program designed by Apple to help everyone learn how to code, creating opportunities for all students and preparing them for the workforce. The program includes a range of free resources, from helping students explore basic coding concepts to building fully functional apps. Touted as safe, fast, and expressive, Swift appeals to developers who are aiming to build on Apple’s multiple platforms, such as iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS. 

The App Development with Swift curriculum was developed by Apple engineers and educators to teach coding to students of all levels. -- Image courtesy of Apple

Education institutions in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the...

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07:19
Def Leppard puts discography on Apple Music, other...




British rock bank Def Leppard -- best known for songs like "Rock of Ages" and "Pour Some Sugar on Me" -- has released its complete back catalog on streaming music services, including Apple Music and Spotify.

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07:09
Piezo 1.5.6

Updates the Instant On component to fix compatibility issues for Skype 8. ($19 new, free update, 8.3 MB)

 

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07:00
News: Apple unveils redesigned App Store web preview...

Following a major overhaul of the App Store in iOS 11, Apple has quietly revamped the App Store’s web preview pages to bring them more in line with new iOS design aesthetic. The new layout opens up with a clear banner notifying users that they will need to open the App Store on their iOS device to actually download the app, followed by a cleaner title area with a larger icon, title, subtitle, developer link, ranking/rating information, and price.…

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06:51
∞ First look at Nintendo Labo

[VIDEO] I am intrigued. This feels like something Google would have come up with. If you’ve got kids, this is a reason to buy a Nintendo Switch.

Check out the video, embedded in the main Loop post.

The Telegraph’s Tom Hoggins got the chance to play with one. Here’s his review, Hands-on with the Switch’s brilliant and barmy cardboard toys.

Can’t wait to get my hands on a set!

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06:47
chaiOS Bug Fix Coming Next Week

Apple is already working on a fix for the chaiOS bug that crashes Messages when you receive a specific URL in a chat.


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06:44
Amazon’s official map of candidate cities for their...

It’ll be interesting to keep an eye on this page over time, to see if any cities are added or deleted. Fascinating to compare this process (with it’s public auction feel), to Apple’s much more closely held process.

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06:37
Apple enters second decade heading Fortune’s list of...

Apple last year hit a decade at the top of Fortune’s list of the world’s most admired companies, and it’s still in the same place in its 11th year.

Rival smartphone maker Samsung dropped out of the list last year over its exploding batteries, and hasn’t made it back in this year …

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06:34
South Korean group files criminal complaint against...

A criminal complaint? Really? Yeesh.

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06:32
A list of Apple’s original TV shows and series, plus...

Jason Cross, writing for Macworld, pulled together a nice summary of Apple’s TV ambitions. Good to see this all in one place.

Looking forward to this series from Kristen Wiig.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:28
Apple holds onto decade-plus streak at top of...




For the 11th year in a row, Apple on Friday took the top spot on Fortune's annual "World's Most Admired Companies" list, this time based on the opinions of some 3,900 executives, directors, analysts, and experts.

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06:23
Apple overhauls App Store web interface with new iOS...

Chance Miller, 9to5Mac:

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

The new redesign takes cues from the all-new App Store in iOS 11, which offers larger images, a focus on curation and reviews, and more. On the new webpage, you’ll see a larger app heading, preceded by “This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.”

To see this for yourself, here’s a link to today’s iOS app of the day, MUBI. Open the link on your Mac.

As Chance points out, there’s now a big warning towards the top of the page (blue background) telling you you have to go to the iOS App Store if you want to buy the app.

While the refreshed look is nice, it still feels like a broken marketing link, forcing me to switch devices...

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06:08
Apple starts search for retail employees to staff...




Apple has put the call out for employees at its store in the Carnegie Library in Washington D.C, with the company's Jobs at Apple board showing listings for a variety of positions at the retail location, in preparation for its opening later this year.

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06:02
AppleInsider Podcast interviews Scott Harkins of...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Mike talk about batteries, foreign cash repatriation, and Scott Harkins of Honeywell joins to talk about Lyric and HomeKit home security.

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

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

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

And:

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

And:

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

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06:00
2018 is the year to become an iOS 11 developer with...

Have you ever considered a career in app development? Perhaps you want to add to your skillset, or maybe you're looking for a way out of a dead-end job. Now's the time to get The Definitive iOS 11 Developer Bundle for $49, featuring 129 hours of online tutorials to bring you from the beginner to pro at your own pace.

Purchased on their own, the seven tutorials included in this bundle would cost you over $1,200. For a very limited time, we're selling The Definitive iOS 11 Developer Bundle for $49, a 95% savings to you. Here's what's included:

  • iOS 11 & Swift 4: From Beginner to Paid Professional - Build iOS apps and learn iOS...
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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Ivacy VPN, Lifetime Subscription

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can get a lifetime subscription to Ivacy VPN for only $29.99 — that’s 97% off the regular price. This VPN service gives you anonymous browsing and blazing fast speeds, allowing you to unblock and enjoy buffer-less HD streaming of your favorite movies, TV shows, and sports events from around the world, with servers in more than 100 locations across over 50 countries. Get access to fast P2P sharing, access…

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05:52
Shareholders likely to see most of AAPL’s...

While taxpayers will welcome the $38B tax contribution Apple will make from the $245B foreign cash it plans to repatriate, AAPL shareholders are expected to be the biggest beneficiaries.

Analysts expect Apple to spend most of the money in three ways, with shareholders reaping the rewards …

more…

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05:40
Apple-made Swift curriculum coming to 70 European...




Apple on Friday announced that its "App Development with Swift" curriculum is being adopted by 70 European schools, including ones in the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Luxembourg, Poland, and Portugal.

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05:15
Exclusive: AT&T to offer prepaid iPhone 6s for $...

AT&T is introducing a couple of new prepaid iPhone deals on their $45/month plans, sources tell us. It will be offering a 32GB iPhone 6s for $344.99, and an iPhone 6s Plus with the same storage for $444.99 …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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04:33
If iPhone X demand is less than expected, analyst...




Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has weighed in on iPhone X production rumors, also believing that there has been a reduction in orders -- and because of weak demand the iPhone X design may be a one-up with production ceasing in the summer when replacements for the fall are being produced.

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04:30
You'll enjoy a visit to Ostrich Island for macOS

I have a fond spot in my heart for the Crash Bandicoot platform/running games from my PlayStation days. That fondness probably affects my feelings for the new Ostrich Island for the Mac, which is available for $4.99 at Stream

It's a running/search adventure in which you're an ostrich who failed to evacuate the archipelago on which he lives as the other residents did because he had his head in the sand. Your goal is to help him escape and rejoin his family.

Naturally, to do this you have to overcome multiple obstacles as you roam about some gorgeous islands. You'll dash and kick your way through environments such as tropical paradises, a dark underground chamber, and even underwater. You can play solo or with a friend. Both the single and multiplayer versions offer plenty of "old school" gaming fun.

As you venture through the various environments, you (hopefully) gain...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

iOS Apps/Updates

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

macOS Apps/Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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03:08
1Password 6.8.6

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday January 18

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

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

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




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

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20:09
Typinator 7.4

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

 

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




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

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

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

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18:58
Dean Allen

Om Malik:

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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


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




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

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

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

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