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Tuesday September 26

02:18
Apple patent for ultrasonic force sensor could lead...




Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for an ultrasound-based force and touch sensor that could lead to a thinner, less obstructive 3D Touch mechanism, a structure which was reportedly a barrier to below-screen Touch ID integration in iPhone X.

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00:45
Apple's iPhone X to boast 2,716mAh battery, 3GB...




A filing with the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology's Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center (TENAA) appears to show specifications for Apple's iPhone X, notably a capacious 2,715 milliamp-hour battery that will power an A11 Bionic chip clocked at 2.4GHz.

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Monday September 25

23:06
Watch: Final Cut Pro X still waiting for H.265 HEVC...




Apple's newly released macOS 10.13 High Sierra operating system supports H.265 video playback, but users looking to cut HEVC video from iPhone 8 on Final Cut Pro X will have to wait for an update.

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22:03
Apple's Safari applies differential privacy to...




Alongside a new Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature designed to protect user privacy, Apple's latest Safari web browser incorporates differential privacy technology to collect user data in a bid to identify troublesome websites.

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20:54
Twitter tries to explain why Trump's posts aren...

So if Twitter's rules ban "violent threats," then surely a tweet indicating that a country "won't be around much longer" from a user with the ability to make that happen would be deletion-worthy, right? As the company was forced to explain today, not...

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19:17
Researchers can use the size of your heart to unlock...

Most biometric security has one inconvenience: you have to take an active step to sign in, whether it's putting your finger on a pad or staring at sensors. Wouldn't it be nice if simply being near your device was enough? It might happen. Researche...

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19:07
Apple spends an estimated $247.51 on iPhone 8 parts...




Apple CEO Tim Cook has repeatedly dismissed bill of material estimates as incorrect, but that's not stopping research firm IHS Markit to share its latest findings with industry analysts. This year, the firm estimates Apple spends $247.51 on the components that comprise one 4.7-inch iPhone 8 with 64GB of storage.

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19:04
New glass enclosure, A11 Bionic chip, and flash...

With the introduction of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, Apple slightly raised the price of each device. Now, new research from IHS Markit published by Bloomberg offers a bit more insight as to what drove Apple’s price hike…

more…

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18:49
What's on TV: 'Forza 7,' 'FIFA...

This week we have too many premieres and finales to mention them all as the fall TV season gets into full swing, but we will highlight the return of Curb Your Enthusiasm on HBO, and the series premiere of Marvel's Inhumans (despite its tepid reviews...

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18:39
Have you noticed a significant change in battery...

Apple last week officially released iOS 11 to the public and since then, we’ve been receiving a bevy of questions from readers about battery life. The majority say they’ve seen battery life fall since upgrading to Apple’s latest operating system, but we’re curious: have you noticed a change in battery life since upgrading to the final release of iOS 11?

more…

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18:02
British Airways pushes planes with remote-controlled...

From renewable fuels to eco-friendly airplane tugs -- British Airways is interested in decreasing its ecological footprint. The airline has just announced the roll out of five new Molotok remote-controlled electric vehicles that can push back aircraf...

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17:57
Apple switches from Bing to Google for Siri web...

I don’t know if average users even notice what service is providing them with search results. Where I can, I’ve switched to DuckDuckGo for my searches.

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17:08
iMovie for Mac gets HEVC Support

Apple released macOS High Sierra on Monday with HEVC video support, and in the afternoon followed that up with an iMovie update that can import the new format.


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16:53
Australia will establish its own space agency

Australia is very much a participant in the space industry with about 11,500 people working in the field. However, it has never had its own space agency -- and that may put it at a disadvantage next to the US, Canada and other countries that have co...

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16:47
Snapchat’s latest augmented reality feature lets you...

Snapchat’s focus on augmented reality is continuing with its latest iOS app update. The company today announced a new feature called “Sky Filters” that uses augmented reality to paint the sky in your photo a totally different color…

more…

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16:29
Russia-linked Facebook ads sought to exploit US...

There's been a lot of fuss over a Russian group buying Facebook ads in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, to the point where it's handing the ads to Congress as it investigates the scope of Russia's influence campaign. But what's in those...

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16:13
Watch: Everything you need to know about Apple'...




Apple on Monday released its latest and greatest Mac operating system, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, to users around the world. Check out what's new in this video.

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16:01
Tesla Model 3’s touchscreen control panel detailed...

Shortly after Tesla rolled its first eagerly-anticipated Model 3 off the assembly line back in July, we got a ride in the car and were impressed. But we were skeptical of the decision to forgo a traditional dashboard cluster and cram all the instrume...

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15:38
AWT News Update: September 25, 2017

It's High Sierra Day, and we have a bit of info for owners of one particular model of Mac Pro. Everything else for today deals with other Apple products: iPhones, iPad Pros, the Apple TV 4K, and more!

  • Netflix has added HDR support for iOS on the iPhone 8, iPhone X and 2017 iPad Pros
  • Warning! All-glass iPhones like the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and upcoming iPhone X can and do break, so get a case for your phone and purchase AppleCare+
  • Have a 2012 - 2013 Mac Pro "cheese grater"? It gets a firmware update when you upgrade the device to macOS High Sierra
  • Amazon has drastically lowered prices on 4K movie titles

The text version of the podcast can be read 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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15:37
Verizon gives up on its Android Wear watch after 4...

Did you rush out to buy Verizon's Wear24 smartwatch? No? You're far from alone, apparently. Verizon has quietly discontinued the Android Wear 2.0 device a little over 4 months after its mid-May debut. The carrier isn't explaining the decision oth...

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15:31
Apple updates iMovie for Mac with HEVC support




Following the release of maOS 10.13 High Sierra on Monday, Apple has updated its consumer level video editing tool, iMovie, with support for High Efficiency Video Encoding, a tentpole video feature introduced alongside the company's latest hardware and software releases.

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15:20
Ivanka Trump used personal email for government...

It seems Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner isn't the only one in the family to use private email accounts for government business. A freedom of information act (FOIA) request by nonprofit watchdog group American Oversight has revealed that Ivan...

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15:15
iMovie for macOS upgraded with supported for the...

iMovie for macOS has ben updated, adding support for importing video in the HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) format made possible by macOS High Sierra. 

It also improves compatibility when sharing to YouTube. iMovie 10.1.7 is available at the Mac App Store. 

Support for the industry-standard HEVC (H.265) enables video streaming and playback of 4K video files up to 40% smaller than with the current H.264 standar. With HEVC, Apple is enabling high-quality video streaming on networks where only HD streaming was previously possible, while hardware acceleration on the new iMac and MacBook Pro deliver fast and power-efficient HEVC encoding and editing.

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15:06
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 25...

Notable software releases this week include Moneydance 2017.5, Microsoft Office 2016 15.38, Quicken 4.6.4, Apple Configurator 2.5, GraphicConverter 10.5, Carbon Copy Cloner 5.0.2, Typinator 7.3, 1Password 6.8.2, Default Folder X 5.1.6, Airfoil 5.6.3, and Pages 6.3, Numbers 4.3, and Keynote 7.3 for Mac.

 

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15:06
ExtraBITS for 25 September 2017

In ExtraBITS this week, Apple’s upcoming AirPower charging mat won’t work with older Apple Watches, Apple increased the App Store’s cellular download limit, the length of iTunes movie rentals has doubled, and we recommend the story of how a journalist tracked down a tech support scammer.

 

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14:55
An Extraordinary Review of the Apple TV 4K

You’ve never read a review of an Apple TV that’s as good as this one.


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14:41
Here are Some Apps that Are (or Maybe Aren’t) macOS...

Before upgrading to macOS High Sierra it’s a good idea to see if the apps you rely on are compatible. Check out TMO’s list of some popular apps and how they hold up under Apple’s latest operating system.


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14:35
Apple's iPhone 8 supports EVS for high-quality...




Gone largely unnoticed in the aftermath of Apple's iPhone unveiling, the new iPhone 8 lineup now supports the enhanced voice services (EVS) codec, promising higher quality calls over LTE networks that support the feature.

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14:35
Best Buy has discounted the 10.5-inch iPad Pro (64GB...

Apple recently raised the price of some iPad Pro models, but this week you can find others dropping in cost—at least a little. Right now, Best Buy is selling the 64GB 10.5-inch iPad Pro for $550. That's $100 off the standard price, and it's real savings since the 64GB iPad was not part of Apple's recent price hike.

This is the 2017 model of the Wi-Fi only iPad Pro that features an A10X Fusion chip, 4GB RAM, and of course a 10.5-inch Retina display. Apple claims the new CPU is 30 percent faster than the previous generation of iPads, and it does come close. In our GeekBench 4 benchmark, the new iPad Pro was 28 percent faster than the older 9.7-inch model.

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14:32
Stream ‘Powerpuff Girls’ on Cartoon Network's...

If you're looking to dig deep into newer animated shows on your Roku, you're in luck. The Emmy-winning Cartoon Network app — already available on Apple TV, iOS, Android, Amazon Fire TV and via Chromecast — is now available for your Roku s...

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14:18
Apple shares what third-party chargers work with...

A new Apple support document lays out what to look for in third-party hardware to make use of the new fast charging feature for iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

more…

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14:13
iMovie for Mac updated with HEVC support for macOS...

Hot on the heels of Apple releasing macOS High Sierra to the public earlier today, the company has updated iMovie with several enhancements. The update brings the video editing app to version 10.1.7.

more…

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14:12
TMO Background Mode Interview with Red-Sweater...

Daniel Jalkut is the founder of Red-Sweater Software. His company is most famous for the WordPress blog editing software, MarsEdit. Daniel holds a B.S. in Computer and Information Science from U.C. Santa Cruz. As a teenager, he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do, but his evolving interest in computer science derived from his father who was a software compiler engineer. Daniel soon discovered, with his Timex Sinclair, that he had a knack with computers. In 1995, he went to work for Apple and started working with Mac OS 7.5 as a quality engineer. Later, he transitioned to Mac OS X, maintaining the Carbon APIs. Red-Sweater was born in 2000, and Daniel has been an indie developer since 2002. Tune in to hear how Daniel made it all happen.


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14:11
'Platoons' of autonomous Freightliner...

Most of the self-driving truck attention has revolved around Tesla's much-teased reveal of its EV big rig next month and all the auto companies rushing to introduce their own electric models. But there's another autonomous truck-related race to devel...

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14:00
Lyft offers drivers 24/7 access to support services

Today, Lyft announced a few new features for its driver support app that are meant to make the process of getting help simpler and easier to navigate. First, the Lyft Driver app will now include a button that will allow drivers to quickly connect wit...

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13:48
Pinterest's Lens tech powers Target's...

Pinterest gave us all access to its Lens tool last March. In May, the company added some new foodie options, including a way to find recipes based on photos of your meal. It's basically a reverse image search that helps you shop for stuff you see on...

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13:44
Mac Pro Users: macOS High Sierra has a Firmware...

If you’re still rocking a cheese grater-style Mac Pro, macOS High Sierra includes a firmware update for you.


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13:37
The best (and worst) new iPhone 8/Plus features [...

The iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus are officially on sale, and we were able to score both new smartphones early last Friday morning (read Jordan’s full review).

This launch felt a little different from past iPhone launches, simply because the highly-anticipated iPhone X looms large on the horizon. I’ve asked lots of people, and many of them have stated that they are waiting for Apple’s OLED-enabled, diminished-bezel flagship model.

But just because the iPhone X is coming later this year doesn’t automatically mean that you should ignore the iPhone 8. Apple’s brand new flagship smartphone shares a lot of the same design characteristics as the iPhone 6, 6s, and 7, but it also shares some of the same technical power that’s found inside the iPhone X. In this hands-on video unboxing and walkthrough, we consider some of the...

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13:33
Google Home adds reminders to its voice-control...

You can already use Google Home to order from Walmart, watch CBS All Access on your TV and hear daily news updates from former-VP Joe Biden. Now, Google has just updated Home with the ability to set reminders with your voice. The company confirmed to...

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13:27
Review: Audio-Technica ATH-IM02 In-Ear Headphones

We've covered a number of Audio-Technica headphones in the past, and admittedly been drawn to their SonicPro line. We've found that headphones in this product category (like the ATH-MSR7) tend to be well-suited to rock music and metal, a quality that is becoming something of a rarity these days. For that reason we were excited to start with Audio-Technica's SonicPro in-ear monitors. Up for review this week is the ATH-IM02; metal fans rejoice, it stays true to its SonicPro genes.{/exp:char_limit}

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13:20
macOS High Sierra vulnerability may let unsigned...




Apple's macOS High Sierra contains a vulnerability that lets apps discover Keychain passwords in plaintext, though it requires victims to intentionally override built-in security, a researcher noted on Monday.

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13:18
Apple looking for sports editor to curate TV app’s...

When Apple unveiled the new 4K Apple TV earlier this month alongside iPhone 8, iPhone X and Apple Watch Series 3, it also mentioned a new live sports feature arriving with tvOS 11. Now the company is searching for a sports editor to help lead content curation for the feature:

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13:16
iOS 11 adoption almost hits 25% after first week of...

iOS 11 has been available to the public for just about a week and mixpanel is tracking the adoption of Apple’s latest mobile OS. So far, users aren’t jumping on iOS 11 as quickly as they did iOS 10 last year, but adoption this fall is still relatively strong.

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13:16
In-flight Netflix will be available on more airlines...

Netflix's in-flight streaming is available through a few carriers around the world, but it's far from a staple of air travel. More often than not, technological limitations will force you to download that new show before you leave home. It could be...

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13:01
Apple drops Bing for Google on Siri and macOS...

Apple has ditched Bing in favor of Google for results when searching the internet with Siri on iOS or Spotlight on macOS. It will finish rolling out this afternoon, according to TechCrunch, a switchover that was likely timed to sync with today's rele...

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12:53
Apple updates the iBooks Author app to version 2.6

Apple has has updated its iBooks Author app to version 2.6. It’s available for free at the Mac App Store for macOS 10.11 or higher.

iBooks is a free ebook app that allows you to read publications purchased at the iBook Store. iBooks Author lets you create iBooks textbooks (as well as other types of books) for the iPad and Mac. Version 2.6 allows you to:

  • Add images and videos from the Photos app using the Media Browser or drag and drop.
  • Adds support for wide color gamut images.
  • Offers performance and stability improvements.
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12:53
Apple updates iBooks Author with wide color gamut...




Apple on Monday issued an update to iBooks Author, its tool for building interactive e-books viewable on Mac and iOS devices -- its first such update since 2016.

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12:47
macOS 10.13 High Sierra Now Available: When Should...

Apple has released macOS High Sierra as promised, so you can now download and install it. But when should you do that? Adam Engst urges caution, either by making sure you have a good backup first or by delaying your upgrade.

 

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12:45
Admin console

 September 25, 2017 12:45:00 PM PDT

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

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12:25
macOS High Sierra includes support for H.265 video,...




The iPhone 8 shoots H.265 4K video, and macOS High Sierra can view it, but editors who rely on Final Cut Pro X cannot yet utilize the codec until Apple issues a highly anticipated update.

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12:22
Apple Releases macOS High Sierra; Ex-NSA Hacker...

Apple today released the newest version of its operating system for Macs, macOS High Sierra, to the public. macOS High Sierra is a free download, and offers a range of new features and improvements including the new Apple File System, and support for High Efficiency Video Encoding (HEVC) for better compression without loss of quality, and HEIF for smaller photo sizes. Zack Whittaker, reporting for ZDNet: Patrick Wardle, a former NSA hacker who now serves as chief security researcher at -- Synack, posted a video of the hack -- a password exfiltration exploit -- in action. Passwords are stored in the Mac's Keychain, which typically requires a master login password to access the vault. But Wardle has shown that the vulnerability allows an attacker to grab and steal every password in plain-text using an unsigned app downloaded from the internet, without needing that password.

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12:21
Amazon slashes 4K video prices in apparent reaction...




Amazon has dramatically reduced the costs of 4K movies on Amazon Video, undercutting prices at Apple's iTunes for streaming on the Apple TV 4K.

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12:15
Get Free Bitcoins from 50 Faucets That Pay

Bryan Chaffin explains how Bitcoin faucets work and which faucets you can trust to pay. [Update: Added new faucets to the confirmed list, two new faucets we’re testing, and reordered the tables. – Bryan]


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12:07
Here’s a Direct Link to Download macOS High Sierra

Here’s a direct link to download macOS High Sierra. If you haven’t already installed High Sierra, it won’t be showing up in Software Update in the Mac App Store, but this direct link will let you download and install macOS High Sierra. Check out John Martellaro’s Installation guide for more info on installing Apple’s newest Mac operating system.


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11:52
macOS High Sierra Performs a Weekly EFI Security...

Most people probably won’t see this dialog box though. It will only appear if your Mac thinks something fishy is going on.


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11:36
iBooks Author for Mac updated with wide color gamut...

Apple’s iBooks Author app has been updated for the first time since last year following the release of macOS High Sierra. The new version introduces an improvement to working with photos and videos as well as wide color gamut support.

more…

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11:34
Siri Web Search Will Switch to Google From Bing

Now the Siri web search results will be the same, whether you search from Safari, Siri, or Search in iOS. The new changes will start rolling out at 9AM PT/12PM ET.


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11:32
Time Machine and APFS: What You Need to Know

To make a long story short, everything should work fine for most users, with just a few “gotchas” to be aware of.


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11:26
Inside High Sierra: Safari's Javascript engine...




While marquee features like APFS have stolen most of the spotlight, Apple has implemented significant improvements to Safari with the goal of making a user's time with it easier, and less annoying.

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11:21
Preparation Guide For macOS High Sierra Installation

Here’s everything you need to know before upgrading to macOS High Sierra.


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11:07
Review: Alpine iLX-107 delivers the future of...

Apple introduced Wireless CarPlay support two years ago with iOS 9, and this year the untethered version of Apple’s infotainment feature is starting to hit the market. Just as wired CarPlay is becoming standard in nearly all new cars, BMW has become the only auto maker to support Wireless CarPlay standard in new models.

But what if you’re not shopping for a new BMW? That’s where Alpine can help with the new iLX-107 receiver (from $695, reg. $900) that adds Wireless CarPlay to the car you already drive for under $1000.

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11:03
Apple Watch Series 3 teardown finds a bigger battery...

Enlarge (credit: iFixit)

After breaking apart Apple’s new iPhone 8 last week, popular gadget repair site iFixit released a teardown of the LTE-enabled Apple Watch Series 3 on Monday.

Given that the just-released wearable looks a great deal like its predecessor—big red dot aside—it shouldn’t be surprising to hear that it doesn’t have many major changes on the inside. There’s a new suite of RF chips presumably in place to handle LTE connectivity and a “slightly modified” charging coil to support Qi wireless chargers. But for the most part, the Series 3 is laid out similarly to...

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11:00
Apple Replaces Bing With Google as Search Engine For...

Apple is ditching Bing and will now use Google to power the default search engine for Siri, Search within iOS (iOS search bar), and Spotlight on Mac. From a report: TechCrunch reported Monday that Apple users will now see search results powered by Google, instead of Bing, when using those tools. For example, when an iPhone user asks Siri a question that needs a search engine result, the voice assistant will now pull from Google, not Bing. Apple will still use Bing for image search queries using Siri or Spotlight on Mac, TechCrunch reported. Apple said the move was done for consistency; its Safari browser uses Google as the default search engine. In a statement, the company told TechCrunch that "we have strong relationships with Google and Microsoft and remain committed to delivering the best user experience possible." Google is reportedly paying Apple $3 billion this year to remain as the default search engine on iPhones and iPads.

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10:46
Sony's Foolish Failure to Learn From Microsoft...


Microsoft has learned a lot of very hard lessons over the last couple of decades, and it continues to surprise and annoy me that other firms seem to have the suicidal tendency to learn the same lessons the hard way. My view is that it is far better and cheaper to avoid the mistakes of others, but firms like Apple, Google and, most recently, Sony seem to want to cherry-pick past Microsoft disasters and experience them first hand. The latest issue has to do with interoperability and millennials.

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10:42
Get Ready for macOS High Sierra – TMO Daily...

John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to help you get ready for macOS High Sierra.


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10:40
Winclone: Backup your Boot Camp partition [Sponsor]

Thanks to Twocanoes Software for sponsoring The Loop this week. If you are upgrading to High Sierra and have a Boot Camp partition, check out Winclone 6. Winclone 6 is the ideal Mac App for backing up your Boot Camp partition. You spent a ton of time getting your Windows setup just right, and Winclone makes sure that you can always get back to that same setup. Winclone creates a exact clone of your Boot Camp partition, including all Windows system files, applications, and data. If you have a failed update, bad drive, or ransomware attack in Windows, you just restore your Winclone backup and you are back up and running.

Get 50% off Winclone 6 with code WCLOOPHS through Sept 30th.

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10:25
Google and Levi’s ‘Commuter Trucker Jacket with...

Karissa Bell, writing for Mashable:

After more than two years of testing, Jacquard, the company’s
project to embed technology into clothes, is ready to launch.
The Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket with Jacquard by Google
(yes, that’s actually what it’s called), is now on sale in
select stores.

And while it’s easy to roll your eyes at the idea of a $350 jacket
that comes with its own app, Jacquard is more than a gimmick.
After a few days of wearing Levi’s Jacquard jacket, I’m more
convinced than ever that the future of wearable tech lies not in
tiny screens on our wrists, but in the stuff we’re already
wearing. […]

Which gets at one of the other appeals of reinventing wearables as
actual clothes
: convenience. One of my...

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10:16
∞ Greatest trick plays in Football history

There are some good plays in here.

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10:11
Apple Releases macOS High Sierra

It’s time to grease up your internet pipes because macOS High Sierra is ready for download.


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10:06
macOS 10.13 “High Sierra” now available

Mac users who are feeling brave can now upgrade to macOS 10.13 “High Sierra”, as the upgrade has just become available on the Mac App Store. Note that it may take a few hours for High Sierra to be visible on the Mac App Store depending on where you are located. 

Many readers have told us that they’re going to wait a few weeks or months before upgrading from Sierra due to concerns about the implementation of APFS on different Macs (SSD-equipped MacBooks vs. Fusion Drive iMacs, for example) and the dearth of “must-have” new features in High Sierra. 

Having used High Sierra on a MacBook Pro for almost a month, I can say that it’s stable, fast, and very familiar to anyone who has used Sierra. As long as you have followed our instructions on preparing for the High Sierra upgrade, you should have little or no problems installing the upgrade and recovering from issues if things don’t go...

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10:05
Apple tops Interbrand’s 2017 Best Global Brands list

Interbrand has named Apple, Google, and Microsoft as the three most valuable brands in its 2017 Best Global Brands ranking, with technology as the dominant sector.

For five consecutive years, Apple and Google hold the top positions. Apple’s brand value grew by 3% to $184,154 million, as Google’s brand value grew by 6% to $141,703 million. Microsoft jumps into #3, as one of sixteen brands with double-digit percent growth. Following Coca-Cola at #4, sits Amazon, Samsung, Toyota, and Facebook, which breaks into the Top 10 for the first-time at #8. Mercedes-Benz, and IBM round out the Top 10.

Interbrand’s 18th annual report “analyzes how brands grow in a changing world, showing that using technology at scale to deliver intimate human experiences, will help drive economic growth value.” The Top 100 brands have a combined total value of $1,871,730 million, an increase of 4.2% from 2016. For the complete Top 100 ranking and the report with comprehensive analysis of growth,...

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10:05
Bada Bing! Apple dumps Microsoft for Google in Siri...

Siri can finally Google itself. In a change that’s surprising only because it took this long, Apple has announced it will be switching from Bing to Google results when handling Siri and Spotlight web queries.

Now, when you ask Siri to search the web for something or it doesn’t know the exact answer to what you’re asking, your results will be from Google, not Bing. The change won’t affect the majority of what Siri can do, just where it sends you when it doesn’t know the answer to something. Curiously, image searches will still default to Bing and video search results will now come directly from YouTube, according to TechCrunch.

To read this article in full...

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10:00
Apple switching from Bing to Google for Siri, Search...

Apple is switching the default provider of its web searches from Siri, iOS Search and macOS Spotlight from Bing to Google, reports TechCrunch.

“Switching to Google as the web search provider for Siri, Search within iOS and Spotlight on Mac will allow these services to have a consistent web search experience with the default in Safari,” Apple said in a statement. “We have strong relationships with Google and Microsoft and remain committed to delivering the best user experience possible.”

Last month Bernstein analyst A.M. Sacconaghi Jr. told clients that Google will pay Apple $3 billion this year to remain the default search engine on iPhones and iPads. Google paid Apple $1 billion for the privilege in 2014. The Google licensing payments are mostly profit for Apple. Bernstein estimates the payments could...

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09:58
Apple releases macOS 10.13 High Sierra with APFS,...




High Sierra has arrived for all users, and brings the Apple File System to the Mac for the first time, while introducing support for a variety of other standards such as HEVC video, HEIF image encoding, and Apple's Metal 2 graphics platform supporting technology like external GPUs.

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09:57
Redesigned iPhone SE imagined with an iPhone X-like...

What if the iPhone SE was updated with specs on par with the new iPhone X? That’s what this concept from Curved.de imagines, with some renderings that show what a 4-inch OLED iPhone might look like with an edge-to-edge display while otherwise mostly retaining the device’s current design.

more…

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09:57
macOS High Sierra now available to download,...

Apple has just released this year’s major update to its desktop operating system, macOS High Sierra. This rounds out the big Apple software releases for 2017 after iOS 11, tvOS 11 and watchOS 4 launched last week.

High Sierra includes the brand new Apple File System for Macs with SSDs, significant updates to the Photos app’s interface and editing tools, Safari 11, iCloud file sharing, various under-the-hood architecture improvements and more. Read on for a walkthrough of what’s new in macOS 10.13 …

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09:50
Analyst: pre-orders for the iPhone X may top 50...

In a note to clients as noted by AppleInsider — KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes pre-orders for the iPhone X could pass 50 million units, noting that the high end smartphone is the first complete form factor revamp since 2016 and could prompt a “super cycle” of upgrades.

He expects Apple to ramp up iPhone X output in late October,  but doesn’t think demand will match supply until next year. iPhone X pre-orders start Friday, Oct. 27; the first units are supposed to be available on Friday, Nov. 3. 

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09:49
News: Apple Watch Series 3 teardown finds little...

The iFixit teardown of the Apple Watch Series 3 found the guts of the device are mostly the same as the Apple Watch Series 2, minus the new LTE components that give the new device its cellular capabilities. The 1.07 Whr battery only provides a 4 percent increase over the previous model — by comparisson the Apple Watch Series 2 got a 32 percent improvement in battery capacity over the original Apple Watch. Apple promoted the barometric pressure…

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09:48
Rumor: 2018 iPhone line-up could include a model...

The Korea Herald reports that Apple’s 2018 lineup of iPhones could (and “could’ is probably the operative word here), include a larger LCD model measuring over sixinches with the panel coming from Japan Display.

The new device joins the previously rumored 5.8-inch and 6.46-inch OLED models with panels supplied by Samsung. The Korea Herald says Apple likely won’t switch to all OLED panels until 2019, which is when LG should have the production capacity to help minimize Apple’s dependence on Samsung. 

OLED is made up of many tiny LEDs, each emitting their own light and colors. They don’t require an “always on” backlight, as each LED can be on or off as needed, and emitting the right kind of light needed to create the images you’re seeing. Supporters of the technology praise its high contrast/deep blacks and potential thickness and power consumption advantages. ...

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09:45
Giveaway: Enter to win an unlocked iPhone 8 in Space...




AppleInsider has partnered with Speck this week to offer readers the chance to win a special iPhone 8 package. One lucky winner will receive an unlocked 64GB iPhone 8 in Space Gray complete with a Presidio Ultra case from Speck to keep the new device safe and secure. Total combined value exceeds $750.

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09:40
iOS 11 Is Causing Massive Battery Drain Problems

Mark Wilson writes: A study conducted by security research firm Wandera shows that iOS 11 is causing iPhone and iPad batteries to drain faster than ever -- much faster. The difference between iOS 10 and iOS 11 is anything but minor; batteries can drain in half the amount of time following the upgrade. Wandera's report shows how, on average, an iPhone or iPad running iOS 10 takes 240 minutes of usage to drain the battery from 100 percent to zero. With iOS 11 installed, this number plummets to just 96 minutes -- over twice as fast. Users have also complained about the issue.


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09:39
Apple switches from Bing to Google as default search...




Apple is switching from Microsoft's Bing to Google as the default Web search provider for Siri, iOS Search, and Spotlight on the Mac, the company announced on Monday.

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad Pro $100 off, UE Roll 2...

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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09:28
Apple shifts Siri and Spotlight search from...

It looks like Siri and Google are friends again and Bing is in the rear view mirror. In a major shift, Apple is changing its search results provider for Siri and Spotlight on iOS and macOS from Microsoft’s Bing to the vastly more popular Google.

TechCrunch says the change has started to roll out today (it’s also live for me) and should be in effect for all users by the end of the day. For users, this means Siri and Spotlight will now provide the same search results as Safari by default (and in a lot of cases show better search results).

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09:22
MLB At Bat to get Apple ARKit enhancements for 2018...




Major League Baseball is in the middle of testing ARKit features for its At Bat iOS app, which will offer people live statistics as they watch a game from the stands.

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09:15
How Major League Baseball is using Apple’s ARKit to...

I’m of two minds about this. The information junkie in me loves the idea but, as far as a baseball purist as I may or may not be, I’d like to just sit and watch the game. Not to mention how distracting this would be for fans around you.

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09:12
Rogue Amoeba celebrating 15th anniversary, having a...

Rogue Amoeba is a company with an odd name and a wonderful purpose -- providing award-winning audio tools. The company turns 15 on September 15th, and it's celebrating with a big sale on everything in the product line.

How much of a sale? To start off with, Rogue Amoeba is taking 15 percent off of every app. Then they're adding a "savings boost" that can vary from 1.33X to 4X, basically meaning that you'll actually get to save 20 to 60 percent on the products. 

To get started you just need to point your browser at the sale page, where you can "scratch off" a virtual ticket for your savings boost percentage (unsurprisingly, mine came in at 1.33X -- which is still worth $9.80 off on Audio Hijack or a whopping $19.80 off of Loopback.

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08:59
Stargate Command Offers 354 Episodes of Stargate...

MGM has launched Stargate Command, an online repository for all things Stargate. With some content is available for free, Stargate Command is primarily a paid streaming service for Stargate Origins and the vast back catalog of Stargate TV shows and movies. The Verge noted there were some 354 episodes and three films available, as well as all manner of behind-the-scenes and other superfan content. Stargate Origins is a ten episode streaming prequel that revisits the discovery of the first Stargate in Egypt in 1928. Access to the paid content at Stargate Command is a one-time fee of $20, but as of this writing that will take you only to May of 2018. It’s yet another silofication of streaming content, but at least it’s a semi-one...

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08:47
What’s Really Going on with Uber in London

Uber has become a core part of London’s busy transport system. So why are some people trying to ban it from the capital?


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08:47
Deals: Apple Watch Series 2 as low as $289 ($80-$120...




Kicking off the last week in September, Apple authorized resellers are rolling out discounts on remaining Apple Watch 2 devices with savings of $80 to $120 off. Apple's Mid 2017 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is also $150 off, while the Late 2016 high-end 15" MacBook Pro is $2,099 with no tax outside NY and NJ.

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08:37
Late September Apple Park drone video shows the true...

With the unveiling of the Steve Jobs Theater two weeks ago, you'd think that all of the hoopla surrounding the new Apple campus is over with. Well, there's still work in progress, and the latest 4K drone video by Matthew Roberts shows many of the aspects of Apple Park in beautiful detail:

Highlighted in the video are the "spaceship" building, the visitor center / Apple Store, the aforementioned Steve Jobs Theater, the employee wellness center, and the continued planting of fruit trees and native grasses around the facility. Can you imagine what this place will look like in a year or two after the plantings have had an opportunity to flourish?

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08:22
News: Super Mario Run new levels and characters,...

After users complained about the high price and lack of updates to Super Mario Run, Nintendo will be releasing an update with a new playable character, new levels, new enemies and a “Remix 10” mode that challenges users to “play a set of 10 super-short sections from Super Mario Run’s existing levels in quick succession.” Rescuing Daisy in Remix 10 mode will unlock her as a playable character and give users access to her double-jump…

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08:18
Fitbit’s $300 ‘Ionic’ Apple Watch competitor...

Last month Fitbit unveiled its $300 Ionic smart watch based on its acquisition of Pebble, and today the company has announced the ship date for its Apple Watch competitor. Fitbit Ionic will hit stores on October 1 in plenty of time for the holidays (and just a few days before Apple Watch Nike+ Series 3). Fitbit has already been taking pre-orders for its new smart watch on its website and promises orders will ship within one week.

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08:15
The Visual History of Type author Paul McNeil...

Type is one of those things most of us know little about but instantly know whether we like it or not. If there’s a design nerd in your family, this book looks like it would make a lovely present.

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08:11
Latest Apple Park drone video shows construction...




Sunset drone footage of Apple Park in Cupertino shows that construction is still very much ongoing at the new headquarters, even after this month's public debut of the Steve Jobs Theater.

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08:06
Apple is counting on this star exec to reboot its...

There is probably no more important executive at Apple outside of the “Core Four”. China is and will continue to be Apple’s most challenging market.

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08:05
PHOOZY Capsule Protects Your iPhone from Hot and...

We have a deal for you today on PHOOZY, a “capsule” that protects your iPhone (or Android device, if that’s your thing) from hot and cold temperatures. It also floats. The company said it was adapted from spacesuit technology, too. There’s more information on the deal listing, and it’s $29.99 through us.


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07:49
iFixit Apple Watch Series 3 Finds LTE with Series 2...

Turns out a lot of what’s inside an Apple Watch Series 3 is pretty much the same as what’s in an Apple Watch Series 2.


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07:46
Apple taking cautious approach with iPhone X...




With preorders for the iPhone X not set to start for over a month, Apple is said to be employing a conservative approach with production of its flagship handset, as suppliers are reportedly turning out parts at a pace slower than anticipated.

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07:45
iStat Menus 6 Adds Notification Center,...

Bjango announced iStat Menu 6 Monday. This is a must-have Mac utility for me and other members of the TMO staff, and the new macOS High Sierra-friendly version adds several new features. First, are notifications based on CPU, network use (!!), disk, battery, weather, and other events. There’s also a new Notification Center widget that gives you a great snapshot view of your Mac’s goings on. There are new color and theme options, and you can rearrange the order in dropdown menus, too. It’s a solid upgrade. Speaking of which, upgrades from previous versions are $9.99, while new licenses are $18. There are family packs available, too.


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