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Thursday May 25

05:00
Apple launches Swift development curriculum aimed at...

If you or anyone you know is looking to get into Swift coding, this might be your thing.

Apple has just launched a new app development curriculum, available on the company’s iBooks e-reader app, that aims to let anyone in high school or community college learn to code in Swift and create apps for iPhone and iPad.

In 2016, Apple launched Swift Playgrounds at its WWDC event. The project’s goal was to get children of all ages to become familiar with the basic concepts of code. This represents the next step and several community colleges have simultaneously announced support for the new curriculum, including the Alabama Community College System, Columbus State Community College, Harrisburg Area Community College, Houston Community College, Mesa Community College, and San Mateo Community College District, with more colleges and high schools on the way.

The curriculum was assembled using the same approach as Swift Playgrounds, Apple collating ideas from a variety...

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05:00
Dr. Mac’s Gifts for Dads and Grads 2017

Spring has sprung, which means it’s time for Dr. Mac to suggest some cool gifts for the Apple-lovin’ dads and grads you know and love…


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04:55
Apple transitions to Newsroom portal for press...

Apple has today officially transitioned away from its ageing press portal in favour of the modern Apple Newsroom, which combines company press releases, photo coverage and other news into one place. All links to apple.com/pr now redirect to apple.com/newsroom.

At the same time, the company has also updated its executive biography pages with a fresh design update to fit in with the company’s recent website design trends and adopts the San Francisco typeface, finally retiring the Lucida Grande font.

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04:38
Jony Ive appointed chancellor of ‘the world’s best...

Apple’s chief design officer Jony Ive has been appointed chancellor of London’s famous Royal College of Art (RCA). The RCA has been ranked as the world’s best university for art and design for three years running.

Ive, who was awarded an honorary doctorate by the RCA back in 2009, says he is thrilled by the news …

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04:30
PixelCut's PaintCode for macOS lets you create...

By Aaron Lee

Many developers rely on images to draw the user interfaces of their apps. Since Retina displays were introduced by Apple, developers have had to provide two sets of raster images for two different pixel densities.

With the Retina HD displays in iPhones and iPads, a third set of raster images for the new pixel density is necessary to ensure the best possible image quality. All these images will increase the size of applications; moreover, managing and creating them is a burden both for developers and for graphic designers.

PixelCut's PaintCode provides a solution to this problem by letting developers create apps that don't use any raster images. With the software, developers can make their apps completely resolution-independent. PaintCode is a vector drawing app that outputs Objective-C or Apple’s Swift code instead of images. This code is resolution-independent, so it works perfectly on all kinds of displays.

PaintCode is,...

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04:06
Qualcomm accuses Apple of blackmail, seeks...

The legal battle between Qualcomm and Apple over patent royalties for wireless chips has been further escalated. Qualcomm has effectively accused Apple of blackmailing it by instructing its suppliers to withhold royalty payments.

Qualcomm makes the accusation in a court filing requesting an injunction against all four of Apple’s iPhone manufacturers …

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Wednesday May 24

21:44
Twitter adds all 69 new emoji to its arsenal

Twitter has stepped up its emoji game in a big way. The social network is one of the first platforms to make all 69 Emoji 5.0 icons available to its users, and they include a few new flags, a woman with headscarf, persons with gray hair, the starstru...

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21:13
Qualcomm seeks court order forcing Apple suppliers...




As part of an ongoing patent licensing dispute with Apple, Qualcomm on Wednesday requested a court order stipulating that Apple contract manufacturers maintain royalty payments during the legal process.

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20:00
Gogoro 2 makes the electric scooter lifestyle more...

About two years after we first rode the Gogoro Smartscooter, the company is back with a sequel. The Gogoro 2 and Gogoro 2 Plus lightly rework the original, with a second gen motor and powertrain that deliver the same amount of power (6.4kW), but prom...

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20:00
Acer crammed a quantum dot display into a 10-inch...

While it may not be the first name in tablets, Acer has produced some respectable touchscreen devices in the past. Last month, the company unveiled a wide range of new 2-in-1 devices in its compelling Switch line of Windows 10 machines. Today, in adv...

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20:00
Acer's Nitro 5 notebook is meant for gamers on...

As a company with several indistinguishable product lines, the last thing Acer needs is another family of laptops to follow. But with the Nitro 5, it's hoping to make a dent in the increasingly important budget gaming market. It's not the most powerf...

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19:52
Apple Store app displaying ‘we’ve got something...

Ahead of new product releases, Apple will take its online store down for a few hours to changeover banners and products, as well as to build hype. This evening, the Apple Store app for iOS has gone offline without warning, though the Apple.com store remains online. However, it’s unlikely that this is for product announcements…

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19:39
Intel takes two big steps to push Thunderbolt 3 on...

Do you have Thunderbolt 3 on your PC? No? It's not surprising. Your system needs a separate (read: expensive) chip to handle the ultra-fast connector, and Intel hasn't made the specification available to other companies. You're more likely to see the...

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19:11
TSA may ask you to unpack tablets and cluttered...

While it looks like the airline industry has successfully held off the US Department of Homeland Security's proposed laptop ban for now, the government will soon be giving carry-on bags an extra thorough inspection at airports around the country anyw...

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18:42
‘Castlevania’ series goes vampire hunting July 7th...

These days, Netflix isn't just releasing a lot of streaming content, it's betting on topicality and nostalgia to win. In the last week, it confirmed a Dark Crystal prequel and a tweet-inspired Rihanna/Lupita Nyong'o buddy series, with a possible Elle...

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18:37
Apple transitions App Store pricing to local...




Apple this week is transitioning App Store pricing from the U.S. dollar and euro to the local currencies of nine countries, a change that in some locales equates to a small savings thanks to favorable exchange rates.

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18:02
Facebook will court 'millennials' with its...

Facebook's dreams of pushing original video shows may be delayed, but that's doing little to stop its ever-growing ambitions. Reuters sources claim that Facebook has landed deals with a slew of "millennial-focused" internet media companies, includin...

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17:56
Stanford study finds Apple Watch top-notch heart...




A new medical study from Stanford University focusing on consumer fitness tracker reliability found Apple Watch to be the most accurate heart rate monitor out of seven popular devices, though all products tested failed in terms of calorie counting.

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17:53
GOP, Businesses Want to Spam Your Voicemail Without...

If businesses get their way your voicemail will be a new target for spam.


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17:21
New study finds Apple Watch to be most accurate at...

A new study out of Stanford University today dives deep into the accuracy of modern fitness trackers, including the Apple Watch. The study, which consisted go 60 participants, takes a look at how accurate fitness trackers are at measuring heart and calories burned…

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17:17
Amazon's iOS app inexplicably adds photo...

Back in February, Amazon added its product- and barcode-recognition technology, "Flow," to its iOS shopping app. The feature had its own standalone app, but bringing it to the main one let users scan items using their smartphone's camera and add to t...

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16:26
DJI's palm-sized Spark drone delivers epic...

Everyone loves taking selfies, even if they don't like to admit it. And if you're looking to take those snaps of yourself to the next level, DJI's new, cutesy Spark drone may be just for you. The company's latest drone is designed to fit on the palm...

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16:16
Twitter brings support for live, 360 degree video to...

Last fall, Twitter debuted a new app for the Apple TV to allow users to take advantage of its growing video content, and today the company is updating that app with a pair of new features. Headlining the update is support for live, 360 degree video…

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16:03
Congressional internet privacy bill would counter...

The US House of Representatives may have voted to roll back the FCC's privacy rules and let internet providers sell your browser history without your explicit permission, but there's a proper replacement waiting in the wings... maybe. Tennessee Repre...

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15:45
Apple Releases AirPods Firmware 3.7.2

Apple released firmware update version 3.7.2 for AirPods Wednesday. There are no patch notes for the update, but the educated guessensus is that it’s a performance and stability release. The release was first spotted by German site Macerkopf.de (via iDownloadblog). You can download the firmware update via your iPhone with your AirPods in their charging case. Your charging case will need to be plugged into a power source.


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15:42
Warby Parker Brings Eye Checkup to Your iPhone

Warby Parker’s new app may save you a trip to the optometrist.


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15:28
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery fire lawsuits...




Hot on the heels of the devastating recall that stopped sales of Galaxy Note 7, Samsung is now facing additional lawsuits that allege the company was aware of battery overheating and fire hazards for years--including its Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, S6 Active, S7, S7 Edge, S7 Active and Note 5--but failed to address the issue or warn customers. Legal action has now spread to multiple class action cases in three different states.

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15:26
Samsung’s Iris Scanning Joke, Crappy Business is Not...

Unsurprisingly, Samsung’s crappy iris scanner on the Galaxy S8 has been defeated. Worse, defeating it is easy. Bryan and Jeff think it’s a joke and another example of Samsung’s delusions of relevance. They also discuss Bryan’s theory that PC makers can’t compete with Apple’s MacBook with me-too design, and say that surveillance capitalists being honest about spying on your doesn’t make their spying OK.


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15:14
Google Photos adds an archive button to declutter...

Google Photos has been gently nudging users to store and share more on its service lately. Earlier this month, the Photos team unveiled some AI-powered sharing suggestions and a Google Lens integration that will make its image recognitions even smart...

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15:12
The Telegraph’s 93 Second Primer Steve Jobs’s Career

London newspaper The Telegraph published a quickie biography of Steve Jobs on Wednesday. The 2,100 piece is titled, “Who was Steve Jobs? Tech trailblazer and co-founder of the Apple empire.”  goes in-depth for a newspaper article, but it’s still a short look into a person like Steve Jobs’s entire life. It’s probably perfect for someone who’s curious about Steve Jobs, but hasn’t delved deep into all things Apple. Accompanying the written piece was a 93 second video that runs  through Steve Jobs’s career with slides, information, and other highlights. Again, there’s little new for hardcore fans, but both the article and the video are excellent primers for anyone who’s been curious about the late Steve Jobs.


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14:48
Sensor-embedded plastic wrap makes brain surgery...

It almost goes without saying that brain surgery requires extreme precision, but there hasn't been much advancement in brain mapping techniques for the past two decades. What good is a breakthrough procedure if you're still using bulky, imprecise 199...

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14:34
Giveaway: We're giving away another pair of...




Heading into the Memorial Day weekend, we're gearing up for another AirPods giveaway. That's right, we're giving away a free pair to one lucky reader. Enter now through May 31 for your chance to win.

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14:32
AWT News Update: May 24, 2017

AirPods, Twitter, and Thunderbolt are all in the news today. Listen to the Apple World Today News Update podcast and hear all about them:

  • Apple's AirPods received a firmware update today, although it may not be apparent that it's actually been installed
  • Twitter's Apple TV app got an update with support for live 360 video and a new Periscope Global Map
  • Intel plans to push the Thunderbolt protocol by making the specification available to manufacturers nonexclusive and royalty-free

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

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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14:10
Watch: See DJI's Jedi-like palm-based gesture...




While DJI's new Spark drone relies heavily on an iPhone for editing and sharing video, its default mode of control when powered on is via palm-based gestures. AppleInsider offers a closer look at how they work, including footage of controlling two Spark units at once.

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14:04
Bacteria open vents in this shirt when you sweat

Fashion and tech are teaming up yet again. Engineers at MIT have designed a workout suit that responds to your body heat, according to a study published last week in Science Advances. The clothing, made from latex, is covered with thumbnail- to finge...

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13:46
Twitter updates its emoji set with full Emoji 5.0...

Twitter designer Bryan Haggerty has shared today that the social media platform has updated its emoji to include all of the new images available with the Emoji 5.0 release.
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13:42
NASA probe on a fast track to reach metallic asteroid

While NASA's plans to put humans on Mars have suffered recent setbacks, its unmanned robotic programs are achieving milestones on a daily basis. Earlier this year, NASA announced that it had approved a mission, Psyche, to the asteroid belt. Today, th...

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13:37
∞ The Dalrymple Report: With guest James Dempsey

James Dempsey joins me this week to talk about his event happening during the week of WWDC. James shares some stories about his time attending WWDC, from singing his first song on stage during the conference, to what it’s like being a developer and attending WWDC.

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James Dempsey and the Breakpoints Album

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13:36
Safari vs. Chrome on the Mac

Eric Petitt, writing for The Official Unofficial Firefox Blog yesterday:

I head up Firefox marketing, but I use Chrome every day. Works
fine. Easy to use. Like most of us who spend too much time in
front of a laptop, I have two browsers open; Firefox for work,
Chrome for play, customized settings for each. There are multiple
things that bug me about the Chrome product, for sure, but I‘m OK
with Chrome. I just don’t like only being on Chrome. […]

But talking to friends, it sounds more and more like living on
Chrome has started to feel like their only option. Edge is broken.
Safari and Internet Explorer are just plain bad. And
unfortunately, too many people think Firefox isn’t a modern
alternative.

In an update posted today, he walked that back:

In my original post I made a personal dig...

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13:35
Twitter updates Apple TV app with live 360-degree...




Twitter on Wednesday updated its Apple TV app with support for a few new features, including live 360 video support and the Periscope Global Map. On iOS, at least some users should now able to link their account to an Apple TV.

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13:20
Twitter's live 360-degree videos arrive on...

Twitter launched its very first streaming app on Apple TV last year with the promise of Thursday Night Football and live sports. Now it's expanding its television repertoire with even more live content: 360-degree videos. The social media company jus...

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13:19
Comprehensive Guide to Mac Trackpad Gestures and...

Jeff Butts examines the Mac trackpad gestures available within macOS Sierra, explaining how to enable and use them.


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13:16
Podcast 560: By the non-pricking of my thumbs

Could a non-invasive wearable blood-glucose monitor that links to an Apple Watch help change people’s lives and lead to better avoidance of diabetes onset? Roman and Glenn discuss this, along with the potential of new laptops at WWDC, Today at Apple, and the odd introduction of an Android switcher campaign when new phones are just a few months away.

Show notes

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13:11
Watch the Game of Thrones Season 7 Trailer

OK, Game of Thrones fans, war is nigh. HBO released the trailer for Game of Thrones Season 7, which will first air on July 16th, 2017. The show outpaced the books during Season 6, leaving many fans all the hungrier to know what happens. Judging by the trailer, what happens is war, war, battles, dragons, war, and a side of war thrown in just for fun. In fact, the closing line of the trailer is, “The great war is hear,” and if I’m not mistaken, it’s one Jon Snow saying it. But hey, I could be wrong. Enjoy!


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13:08
The best MIDI keyboards for Mac and Logic Pro

Now that we are well in to 2017, we thought it was a good time to re-assess the MIDI keyboard situation for Mac users. We have some new contenders on the block that have pushed some old favorites to the side, while AKAI, Native Instruments and more continue to bring some of the best and most affordable controllers to market. If you are just getting into making music with virtual instruments on your Mac and Logic Pro X, a MIDI controller of some kind is a must and a keyboard option is usually the best point of entry.

Head below for our 2017 picks of the best MIDI keyboards for Mac users: more…

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13:01
Attackers can use video subtitles to hijack your...

Be careful before you fire up media player software to play that foreign-language movie -- it might be a way for intruders to compromise your system. Check Point researchers have discovered an exploit that uses maliciously crafted subtitles to take c...

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12:47
News: Apple releases AirPods firmware 3.7.2 update

Apple has released a new AirPods wireless firmware update. While no release notes are provided with AirPods updates at this point, the update likely just includes bug fixes and performance improvements for the wireless earbuds. AirPods firmware updates should be automatically transferred from a paired iPhone to the AirPods whenever they’re connected; users can check the version number from the iOS Settings app, under General, About, AirPods.…

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12:38
Ellen coyly hints at return to standup with Netflix...

It's been over 15 years since Ellen DeGeneres took the stage for a proper stand-up special. With a smash hit daytime talk show, a record-setting Twitter account and bonafide American treasure status, DeGeneres doesn't exactly need the exposure of ano...

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12:32
Apple issues new 3.7.2 firmware update for AirPods...




Apple on Wednesday released a small firmware update for its fully wireless AirPods, version 3.7.2, though what the patch does exactly remains unknown.

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12:22
Review: Marshall Monitor Black Bluetooth Headphones

You know Marshall guitar amplifiers. If you’re a fan of music, you know what Marshall’s iconic amps look like and you have definitely heard them. The company is so much a part of music history that it's surprising that they only recently launched a line of headphones. Marshall’s headphone lineup is fairly extensive, with a range of in-ear, on-ear, over-ear, and wireless cans all bearing the Marshall brand. The newest entry into this lineup is Marshall’s Monitor Black Bluetooth over-ear, priced at $249. While they sound good enough to carry the Marshall name, some aspects of their design detract from the experience.
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12:21
Dash returns to App Store seven months after review...




Dash, an API documentation browser, has reappeared in the iOS App Store seven months after it was removed over alleged review manipulation, with developer Bogdan Popescu claiming the app was resubmitted to stop others from uploading their own copy-cat apps using the open-sourced code.

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12:20
Apple Wants To Turn Community College Students Into...

Ina Fried, writing for Axios: Apple already offers a variety of tools to help school kids learn the basics of coding. Now, it aims to give older students what they need to become full-fledged app developers. On Wednesday the company is releasing, for free, the curriculum for a year-long course on how to write apps for the iPhone. The effort, though available to all, is aimed at community college students and Apple is working with six districts around the country, with the first classes to start this summer and fall. The courseware teaches students how to create apps using Apple's Swift programming language.


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12:20
Boeing is building DARPA's new hypersonic space...

A few years ago, DARPA started work on a new experimental aircraft project called the XS-1, a vehicle designed to make launching satellites a faster, less expensive endeavor. Today, that project just took a huge leap forward: DARPA has announced that...

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12:08
Review: Archeer 2-in-1 Charging Station for iPhone...

A growing number of iPhone users now own an Apple Watch as well, so the need for combined charging docks that can charge both devices has grown as well. One of the newer entrants into this market is Archeer, which has introduced the 2-in-1 Charging Station for iPhone and Apple Watch ($32.99, affiliate link, use promo code NGL7S5TD at checkout for an additional 20% off). 

Archeer 2-in-1 Charging Station

Design

Like many of the other dual docks on the market, the Archeer 2-in-1 Charging Station features a Lightning port for charging the iPhone and uses the Apple Watch charger that comes with each watch to charge the Apple Watch. The Watch and band loop around an "arm" that comes up from the base of the charging station.

The Apple Watch charger cable needs to be supplied by the user; this really isn't an extra cost as it is supplied by Apple...

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12:03
UC Berkeley researchers teach computers to be curious

When you played through Super Mario Bros. or Doom for the very first time, chances are you didn't try to speedrun the entire game but instead started exploring -- this despite not really knowing what to expect around the next corner. It's that same s...

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11:44
Let Sony's favorite developers help pick your...

Four years on and the PlayStation 4's digital storefront is pretty well stocked. But finding more obscure stuff to buy isn't the easiest and the search function kind of sucks. As a way of addressing that on the store's web version, Sony is introducin...

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11:37
Main Surface Pro Improvements Are Beneath the Surface


Microsoft on Tuesday announced a refresh of its Surface Pro tablet-laptop computer. Although Microsoft said the fifth generation of the unit has been redesigned from the inside out with more than 800 new custom parts, the Surface Pro looks similar to its predecessor. "If you were looking for a major redesign of Surface, this isn't it," said Ross Rubin, principal analyst at Reticle Research. Nevertheless, Microsoft has made some significant improvements in the tablet cum laptop. Battery life has been boosted to 13.5 hours.

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11:21
FCC stonewalls demands for evidence of cyberattack

The FCC swears that a denial of service attack hit its servers hours after Last Week Tonight's John Oliver rallied support for net neutrality, but where's the evidence? Well, don't expect it any time soon. In an interview with ZDNet, the regulator's...

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11:10
Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Dock capable of connecting dual...




Accessory producer Elgato is preparing to release its Thunderbolt 3 Dock, one which allows users to connect two 4K displays to a Macbook at the same time, with the accessory shipping out to customers in the United States, Europe, and Australia on June 6.

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11:04
EU approves plans forcing Facebook and YouTube to...

The European Union has just approved a proposal to implement Europe's very first mandatory social media restrictions. In a bid to clamp down on hate speech across Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, the EU is proposing a law that allows them to block vide...

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10:49
Sketchy images of Apple's 'iPhone 8'...




A series of images posted to Chinese social media on Wednesday are claimed to show Apple's "iPhone 8," but different significantly from some rumors, and also appear to contradict each other.

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10:44
What We Know About Apple’s 5G Wi-Fi Testing

Apple applied for an experimental license to test 5G technology, specifically using millimeter wave frequencies.


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10:36
Apple Music Trailer for Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs...

Apple Music bought the rights to Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story, a documentary about Sean “Diddy” Combs and his record label, Bad Boy Records. The film was debuted at the Tribecka Film Festival earlier this year, and Apple Music subsequently bought the rights to it. The focus of the film is a reunion show with The Bad Boy Family, the original group of artists that launched with Bad Boy Records. According to the Tribecka Festivail, “the film also looks back to trace the label’s emergence in Harlem and Brooklyn, it’s meteoric rise, the tragic killing of Biggie Smalls, and the lasting influence on music, fashion, marketing and culture.” Note Apple executive Jimmy Iovine’s brief appearance in the trailer. The film debuts exclusively on Apple Music on June 25th, 2017.

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10:27
First look: DJI's $499 Spark drone is a...




Aiming to simplify aerial footage for the masses, DJI on Wednesday unveiled its latest creation, the handheld Spark drone, which combines portability with simple gesture controls and an affordable $499 starting price.

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10:26
Dash for iOS returns to the App Store following...

The popular developer utility app Dash has returned to the iOS App Store with Apple’s approval, according to the app’s developer. Dash was previously removed from the App Store after Apple claimed the developer’s account was related to fraudulent reviews.

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10:23
Apple Wants you to Know Swift, Smarthome Fatigue –...

Kelly Guimont joins Jeff Gamet to discuss Apple’s Swift education strategy, plus they talk about smart home fatigue.


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10:17
Sphero unveils iOS-controlled Lightning McQueen...

Since the company’s launch, Sphero has grown to become a household name with its line of RC toys. From the standard model to interactive BB-8, Sphero has managed to capture a real sense of wonder and delight with its creations. With Cars 3 right around the corner, it only makes sense for the Disney-backed company to add yet another lovable character to its lineup. Today, Sphero has launched the Ultimate Lightning McQueen, which lets you drive, play games, and train for the next big race with the iOS-enabled racing star.

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10:04
News: 1Password adds ‘Travel Mode’ to help protect...

AgileBits has announced a new “Travel Mode” feature for 1Password that will help to keep confidential data such as passwords, credit cards, and secure notes, safe from unwarranted searches when travelling. The new feature, which is free to all 1Password subscribers, allows users to automatically and completely remove password vaults from their devices with a single click before travelling, and then just as easily restoring them later.…

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10:04
Logitech's excellent C920 webcam is just $50...

A favorite camera among business people and Twitch streamers alike is on sale today at Amazon for a really great price.  The online retailer has the Logitech C920 webcam on sale for $50. That's the lowest price we've seen over the webcam's lifespan and currently about $12 cheaper than other retailers.

The sale is scheduled to last until just before midnight Thursday morning or when supplies run out.

Despite being around for years, the Logitech C920 is still a popular choice--even with the release of Logitech's C922 and 4K-friendly...

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10:00
Learn how to use Swift to write apps: Apple makes...

The app economy is a huge business, and  app development is in high demand. For students wanting to learn how to write apps, Apple has good news for them: On Wednesday, the company announced that it has released a new app development curriculum for people who want to learn how to write apps. And it’s free through the Apple iBooks Store.

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According to Apple, the App Development with Swift training is designed as a year-long course. Anyone who participates will learn how to code using Swift and create apps. Apple also has its Everyone Can Code program for K-12 grades.

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09:51
News: UK carrier EE begins selling ‘new’ 2017 32GB...

Apple’s resurrected iPhone 6 appears to now be on sale in the United Kingdom, AppleInsider reports. The ‘new’ 32GB model of the 2014-era iPhone first appeared in on select Asian carriers in March, appearing in Belarus two weeks later, leading many to believe that Apple was releasing it primarily as a lower-cost option for emerging markets. However, its appearance in the U.K. — and the U.S. on Virgin Mobile — suggests slightly…

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09:38
Honda's 2018 Odyssey coming Thursday with Apple...




Honda's latest vehicle with Apple CarPlay, the 2018 Odyssey minivan, will officially begin arriving at U.S. dealerships on Thursday.

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09:37
DJI’s new $499 Spark drone offers gesture controls,...

Today in New York City, DJI unveiled the new Spark drone with a focus on portability and gesture-controls. This comes after a busy year for the industry leader in the drone category following the release of its Phantom 4 Advanced.

DJI claims that users will be able to go from in-hand to in-the-air taking photos in just seconds. Geared towards entry-level pilots looking to capture drone-quality images and video, Spark has a number of consumer-friendly features.

Today’s news also includes new smartphone apps with quick and simple editing features in line with what we saw from GoPro in the fall. Full details below.

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09:30
New iPhone 8 renders show rear Touch ID and color...

Two new sets of images claiming to show the upcoming design of the so-called iPhone 8 due out later this year have shown up in Chinese social media today. Both show the edge-to-edge display and vertical dual camera design as seen in previous schematics and dummy units, and the latest images show how the iPhone 8 could look in various colors…

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 9.7″ iPad Pro $475, Amazon 1-...

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Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad Pro gets $124 discount, priced from $475

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09:17
Deals: Where to find the lowest prices on Apple...




This Memorial Day weekend, save up to $225 on popular 13" and 15" MacBook Pros when you pair instant discounts with exclusive coupons. Or snap up a 9.7" iPad Pro with LTE capability for $599 ($130 off). Apple's high-end 12" MacBook is also $250 off with no tax outside NY and NJ.

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09:16
United MileagePlus rewards program now has its own...

Say what you want about United Airlines, which has become the whipping boy of the airline industry since a recent incident where a passenger was injured while being forcibly removed from an overbooked flight. The airline's MileagePlus rewards program has been popular for quite some time, and a lot of frequent business fliers have a lot of miles built up that they can exchange for flights, upgrades and merchandise. That program now includes an "Apple Store" where those miles can be redeemed for Apple gear.

It's not just Apple Watches, iPhones and iPads -- the entire Mac lineup, AirPods, and a lot of Apple accessories are on that site as well (no third party products, including Beats headphones). A fully-loaded Mac Pro takes 533,200 miles to "purchase", so if someone could lend me about 500,000 miles...

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08:57
DJI debuts $499 Spark handheld drone with hand-...




At a live event in New York City's Grand Central Terminal on Wednesday, drone manufacturer DJI has released a new, small form-factor drone, called the DJI Spark -- and AppleInsider is at the event.

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08:53
Elgato’s expansive Thunderbolt 3 Dock for new...

Elgato first unveiled its new Thunderbolt 3 Dock for the latest MacBook Pros back in January as part of CES 2017, and today the company has officially announced a ship date. Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Dock will ship in just under two weeks on June 6 in the United States, across Europe, and Australia. Here’s a recap of how Thunderbolt 3 Dock expands MacBook Pro I/O:

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08:48
Elgato's Thunderbolt 3 Dock arrives on June 6

Elgato has announced that its Thunderbolt 3 Dock will be available in the U.S., Europe and Australia on June 6. It’s designed for laptop users who need a multi-monitor workstation with high-speed expansion options and secure networking.

The Thunderbolt 3 Dock connects and charges your MacBook Pro using one cable. It provides two Thunderbolt 3 ports: one to connect and charge your computer, and one to extend the versatility of Thunderbolt further.

Featuring a DisplayPort, the dock will drive up to two additional displays without compromising their 4k resolution at 60Hz frame rates, according to the folks at OWC. The Thunderbolt 3 Dock is equipped with three USB 3.0 ports to ensure that multiple devices can be operated at full speed. 

A 15-inch MacBook Pro is charged at 85W, USB-C accessories receive up to 15W of power, while the built-in USB 3.0 ports provide boosted charging for your iPad...

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QuarkXPress 2017 expands layout tech, brings non-...




Quark on Wednesday launched QuarkXPress 2017, the latest edition of its design and publishing suite for the Mac, with a heavy focus on publishing for multiple platforms including iOS.

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EE commences sales of new 32GB iPhone 6 model in...




The re-released iPhone 6 with 32 gigabytes of storage has surfaced again in a new country, with the smartphone going on sale in the United Kingdom for the first time with its unusual capacity through carrier EE, suggesting the device's relatively unannounced sales are not being confined to just emerging markets.

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Pick 12 great Mac apps/utilities from selection of...

From 9to5Toys:

Bundlehunt is offering up a selection of 60 solid apps, utilities and learning resources where you can select any 12 of them for just $19.99 ($1.66/app!) . That total is often a lower price than the retail price of one of the apps and the biggest selection of popular Mac apps we’ve seen for anywhere near $20.

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08:15
This iPhone app can identify Pantone colors from the...

I don’t know that I have a use for this app but it’s a very clever implementation.

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Apple Launches New Swift Curriculum on iBooks Store...

Apple wants everyone to know how to code for the Mac, iPhone and iPad, so new training resources are rolling out today.


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Apple rumored to have ordered small batch of Micro...




A supply chain report suggests that Apple is already looking beyond OLED for future products, with the company said to be taking steps for trial production of Micro LED screens in the second half of 2017.

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News: IKEA bringing HomeKit support to its smart...

IKEA has announced plans to add support for HomeKit to its complete range of TRÅDFRI smart lighting products. According to the company’s press release, updates are expected to arrive “during the summer and early autumn” that will not only provide HomeKit integration but also add support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Released last month, IKEA’s TRÅDFRI smart lighting provides a plug-and-play solution that allows users…

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Honda’s 2018 Odyssey Minivan goes on sale as latest...

Honda announced today that its new 2018 Odyssey Minivan will go on sale tomorrow in the US, making it the latest vehicle to arrive with Apple’s in-dash CarPlay system.

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Garmin steps up against GoPro with new iPhone-...




Garmin on Wednesday announced the VIRB 360, an upcoming action camera capable of shooting 360-degree video at 4K resolution and 30 frames per second.

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PSA: Many major media players vulnerable to attack...

Security researchers have discovered a surprising new way for attackers to gain control of a machine: malicious subtitles. The vulnerability is device-independent, meaning it could be used to gain control of anything from an iPhone to a Mac.

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Intel making Thunderbolt 3 royalty-free for...




Thunderbolt has never seen a great deal of market penetration, but that may be about to change with Intel natively integrating Thunderbolt 3 into future CPU models and making the protocol royalty-free to chipmakers by the end of 2017.

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Northern Ireland study finds multiple benefits to...




Technology can be beneficial to younger students learning core skills, a two-year research project has found, with elementary schools in Northern Ireland found to have improved the numeracy, literacy, and communication skills of their pupils after incorporating iPads into their lessons.

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07:00
The Week in iOS Accessories and Cases: Casio unveils...

Watch out!

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week's roundup includes a new Bluetooth-enabled watch from Casio, plus cool new earbuds that can translate 40 languages, as well some snazzy new cases for your iPhone and iPad.

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Image by Casio

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07:00
Belkin launches the Pocket Power, a portable power...

Belkin has released the Pocket Power, a compact, portable power bank that comes in 5,000 and 10,000 mAh sizes and in black, rose gold and silver flavors. A 15,000 mAh model will be available in black only. 

Featuring fast-charging capability and polymer battery cell technology, the new battery packs are lighter, thinner and equipped to charge multiple devices at an affordable price point, according to Marco Peters, vice president of product management. It has built-in safety features, a micro-USB port for charging battery pack, a six-inch micro-USB cable, four LED indicators that display the remaining power level, and a plastic casing.

The Pocket Power 5,000 mAh is available for a manufacturer’s retail price of $29.99 online and at Target in the U.S. and Walmart in Canada. The Pocket Power 10,000 mAh and 15,000 mAh will be available this summer.

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06:59
Apple announces ‘App Development with Swift’

Apple has served up App Development with Swift, a free course available as an iBooks course at the iBookStore. It's a year-long program geared towards helping people "design fully functional apps, gaining critical job skills in software development and information technology," according to Apple.

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. About three years ago Apple announced that it would replace its "ancient" native mobile app development language Objective-C by its newborn language called Swift. 

According to AppleInsider, in the fall, six colleges will begin teaching the iBooks material: the Alabama Community College System, Columbus State Community College, Harrisburg Area Community College, Houston...

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06:46
News: Apple to begin testing ‘5G’ wireless technology

Apple has filed an application with the FCC to begin testing “5G” wireless technology, Business Insider reports. The application for an experimental license for the new technology was filed by Apple and made public by the FCC earlier this week, and states in part that, “Apple Inc. seeks to assess cellular link performance in direct path and multipath environments between base station transmitters and receivers using this spectrum,”…

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06:42
Oh Samsung

Chaos Computer Club blog:

Biometric authentication systems – again – don’t deliver on their security promise: The iris recognition system of the new Samsung Galaxy S8 was successfully defeated by hackers of the Chaos Computer Club (CCC). A video demonstrates how the simple technique works.

The video is embedded in the main Loop post. This seems incredibly easy to replicate. Did Samsung even try to break their own iris recognition system? Sigh. Oh, Samsung.

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06:39
Report: Apple set for trial production run of...

While everyone is awaiting the iPhone 8 and its OLED screen, Apple is already looking at the next generation of display technology: microLED.

A new report claims that Apple will be making small volumes of microLED devices this year …

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06:33
QuarkXPress 2017 ships with non-destructive image...

Quark Software has released QuarkXPress 2017, the newest version of the company’s graphic design and desktop publishing software for professional print and digital production.

QuarkXPress 2017 introduces new graphics and image editing capabilities, such as non-destructive image editing, and extends text and typography features, such as text stroking and shading. The new version includes a range of the top user-requested features and continues to be sold as a perpetual license.

With QuarkXPress 2017, you can edit images by adjusting levels and...

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06:30
∞ The new Microsoft Surface Pro: What that $799...

Microsoft just rolled out the latest and greatest version of its Surface tablet/laptop hybrid, branded as the Surface Pro. Here’s a link to the official Surface Pro product page.

Much has been made about the Surface Pro’s price of $799. But what do you get for your money?

The $799 Surface Pro ships with:

  • Intel® Core™ m3 processor
  • 128GB SSD
  • 4GB RAM
  • Intel® HD Graphics 615

That’s a pretty bare-bones machine. Apple’s cheapest machine (the $999 MacBook Air) comes with 8GB of RAM. I can’t imagine using a modern version of Windows or macOS with less than 8GB. Let’s tweak that so we can compare apples with Apples.

Bumping the Surface Pro to a minimally livable (in my opinion) 8GB brings the price to $1299. There’s just no cheaper way to get to...

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