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Thursday January 18

06:38
Apple to start paying about $14.5 billion in taxes...

Ireland’s Public Accounts Committee will begin collecting €13 billion (about $14.5 billion) from Apple in March, with payments expected to continue through September, according to RTÉ.

In a letter to the Committee, Department of Finance Secretary General Derek Moran said the funds will be held in an escrow account and that it will be in place by the end of March. 

“Given the scale and the bespoke nature of the establishment of the recovery process at this stage it is not possible to provide a definite date for the completion of the collection of the alleged aid,” he said. “However, identification of the escrow agent/custodian by the end of March 2018 will then allow for a payment into the escrow fund account, with payments continuing through the course of April, May and June and up to the end of September 2018.”

The European Commission, Europe’s anti-trust and consumer...

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06:15
macOS: How to Use “Reload Page from Origin” in Safari

Safari’s built-in “Reload Page from Origin” feature can be really helpful if you can’t seem to get a site to work properly, as it’ll force your Mac to bypass any cached information it has and load the page anew. All the details are here in today’s Quick Tip!


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05:37
Samsung patent aims to beat iPhone X notch with...

Apple’s approach to achieving a near-bezel-free design was, of course, the ‘notch’ in the iPhone X. But a Samsung patent suggests the company is hoping to go one step further, and actually embed the camera and other sensors into the screen itself …

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04:23
Annoying bug in Facebook Messenger hitting some iOS...

Some users of the iOS version of the Facebook Messenger app are experiencing an annoying bug that only allows them to type a few words at a time …

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04:04
Apple & other tech companies tell Trump his...

Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook and other U.S. companies have warned the Trump administration that planned visa changes will harm the economy.

The USA grants work visas to highly-skilled immigrants who offer particular value to U.S. companies. Under an amendment introduced under the Obama administration, their spouses are also offered work permits to make a move to the States more practical …

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04:00
How to use tags to organize files in macOS High...

You can tag files and folders in macOS High Sierra to make them easier to find. Tags work with all your files and folders, whether you store them on your Mac or keep them in iCloud.

You can add multiple tags to any file. To tag an open file, hold the pointer to the right of the document title, click the arrow, click in the Tags field, then enter a new tag, or choose one from the list.

To tag a new file when you save it, click File > Save. In the Save dialog, click in the Tags field, then enter a new tag, or choose one from the list. 

To tag a file on the desktop or in the Finder, select the item, then open the File menu. You can also control-click the item, or tap it with two fingers. Choose a color  below Tags, or click Tags to choose from more tags or enter a new tag.

In a Finder window, you can also select the item, click the Tags button , then enter a new tag, or choose one from the list.

To remove tags from an item, control-click the item or...

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 18, 2018

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Stephen Morris has launched AudioFile 1.0. It’s a $0.99 audio recorder that features tags, notes, and more to help users find their voice memos and use them later. AudioFile provides a number of ways for users to organize and augment their voice memos. In addition to a title, recordings have notes that can include both text and photos. Users can import audio from other apps into AudioFile, and share their recordings through Messages, Mail, and more.

macOS Apps/Updates

DJMixerSoft has updated DJ Mixer Professional to version 3.6.9. It’s...

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03:15
Tim Cook comments on iPhone battery situation, says...

During a visit to the Apple data center in Reno Nevada on Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook did a quick interview with Rebecca Jarvis of ABC News, wherein he touched on the ongoing controversy over power management features in older iPhones.

According to Cook, when the power management features were first introduced in iOS 10.2.1, Apple did explain what was going on, but following the controversy, he believes Apple should have been clearer.

Cook offered the following comments:

The company did indeed mention that the shutdown issue was caused by uneven power delivery and explained that its power management system had been tweaked, but there was no clear notice that it could cause devices to operate more slowly at times.

About a year ago, we released some code that essentially what it does… is all batteries age over time and they become unhealthy at a point in time and an unhealthy battery has a probability that it will create an unexpected restart.

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03:00
Apple to pay $30 billion tax bill on overseas cash,...

Apple is about to pay a fairly huge tax bill of $38 billion on its overseas cash.

The company said it will make about $38 billion in tax payments on its overseas cash and plans to open a second U.S. campus as part of a 5-year, $30 billion U.S. investment plan.

Apple has also said that it plans a wave of hiring and investing in the United States and will create 20,000 new jobs via hiring at both campus sites.

The location of the second Apple Campus site will be announced later this year.

Roughly a third of the new spending will be on data centers in which to house the company’s iCloud, App Store and Apple Music Services. Apple presently has data centers in seven states and also on Wednesday broke ground on an expansion of its operations in Reno, Nevada, where local officials granted it tax breaks on a downtown warehouse.

The announced tax payment was roughly in line with what analysts expected from the tax bill, which requires companies to pay a...

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Wednesday January 17

23:50
Intel admits Spectre patch problems also affect...

Intel has revealed that even its newer CPUs are affected by the frequent reboot problems brought about by the Spectre/Meltdown patches. The chipmaker previously said that the reboot issue affects systems running Broadwell and Haswell. Now that it has...

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23:38
Apple to Give Employees $2,500 Bonus in Restricted...

At Wednesday’s closing price of $179.10, each employee would receive (roughly) 14 shares of restricted stock units that would then vest over time.


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19:48
Redbox says Disney lawsuit is a baseless attempt to...

Last month, Disney filed a lawsuit against Redbox claiming that the rental company was violating Disney's copyrights. Redbox buys the Disney discs it rents at retail and when those discs come with download codes for digital copies, Redbox sells them...

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19:36
Would you disable iPhone throttling at the risk of...

Earlier this evening, Tim Cook surprisingly announced that, with a future iOS update, users will be able to turn off iPhone performance throttling. Cook noted, however, that such a move would put users at risk for unexpected shutdowns ask their battery ages.

We’re curious, would you turn off iPhone throttling as your battery aged, if you knew you could suffer from unexpected shutdowns?

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19:34
Apple CEO: iPhone owners will be able to disable...

About a month ago, Apple explained that slower performance of older iPhones is intentional, implemented as a "power management" plan through an iOS update. While it was ostensibly intended to prevent phones from crashing in situations when their worn...

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19:30
Tim Cook Says Power Management Feature In Older...

In an interview with Rebecca Jarvis of ABC News, Apple CEO Tim Cook touched on the ongoing controversy over power management features in older iPhones. He says that a future update will allow customers to turn off the power management feature that has caused older iPhones to slow down. Mac Rumors reports: According to Cook, when the power management features were first introduced in iOS 10.2.1, Apple did explain what was going on, but following the controversy, he believes Apple should have been clearer. The company did indeed mention that the shutdown issue was caused by uneven power delivery and explained that its power management system had been tweaked, but there was no clear notice that it could cause devices to operate more slowly at times. Cook says Apple "deeply apologizes" to customers who thought the company had other motivations. Apple is introducing better battery monitoring features in a future iOS update, and Cook says Apple will also allow customers to turn off the...

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18:11
New leases give Apple a large footprint in Los...




Apple has reportedly leased more than 200,000 square feet of prime real estate in Culver City, California to support its expanding efforts in original video content.

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17:44
Fitbit's Xbox coaching app helps you work out...

If you're a gamer, you know it can be difficult to tear yourself away from the screen to get in some exercise. Fitbit, however, doesn't think you have to. It's trotting out an Xbox One version of its Coach app (released on mobile and PCs in the fal...

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17:35
iPhone owners will be able to disable CPU throttling...




Apple CEO Tim Cook in an interview on Wednesday revealed a new iOS function will soon allow owners of iPhones with depleted batteries to disable built-in CPU throttling, a preventative measure designed to lengthen the life span of older handsets.

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17:21
Apple to lease 128,000-sq-ft space in Culver City,...

According to a new report from Variety, Apple will take over the lease at a new Culver City development after HBO pulled out. Apple is said to be leasing the entirety of a new 128,000-square-foot development, but specific plans for the location are unclear…

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16:58
Apple CEO Tim Cook cites GOP tax reform as driver in...




Following Apple's announcement of plans to repatriate a chunk of its overseas cash to infuse some $350 billion into the U.S. economy over the next five years, CEO Tim Cook took part in an interview addressing the company's investment strategy, the iPhone slowdown controversy and more.

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16:51
Tim Cook says users will be able to turn off iPhone...

Apple had already said that a future iOS update will give users more insight into the state of their battery. In an interview with ABC News, Tim Cook was asked for his take on Apple slowing down iPhones with degraded batteries. He revealed that the developer beta including these features will be released next month, with a public release to follow after.

Moreover, he says that this forthcoming update will give users the option to disable performance throttling if they would rather be at risk of unexpected shutdowns but maintain full CPU and GPU performance.

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16:46
Tim Cook praises ‘corporate side’ of Trump tax...

On the heels of Apple’s major announcements about bringing $250 billion of overseas cash back to the United States and increasing investments in the U.S., Tim Cook joined Rebecca Jarvis of ABC News for a brief interview. In the interview, Cook talks about the tax reform that led to Apple’s announcement today and whether or not it will lead to a cheaper (??) iPhone…

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16:27
Amazon Echo goes on sale in Australia and New...

At the tail end of 2017, Amazon announced that both its unlimited music service and Echo speaker would head to 28 more countries. This packaged expansion seems to be their theme in 2018, as the company stated both would be coming to Australia and New...

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16:15
Apple plans new U.S. campus, to pay $38 billion in...

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) will open a new campus as part of a 5-year, $30 billion U.S. investment plan and will make about $38 billion in one-time tax payments on its overseas cash, one of the largest corporate spending plans announced since the passage of a tax cut signed by U.S. President Donald Trump.

This is in addition to Apple giving employees $2500 bonuses today.

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16:10
Apple Gives Employees $2,500 Bonuses After New Tax...

Apple told employees that it's issuing a bonus of $2,500 of restricted stock units, following the introduction of the new U.S. tax law. "The iPhone maker will begin issuing grants to most employees worldwide in the coming months," reports Bloomberg. Apple also announced today that it would bring back most of its cash from overseas and spend $30 billion in the U.S. over the next five years. From the report: Apple confirmed the bonuses in response to a Bloomberg inquiry Wednesday. The Cupertino, California-based company joins a growing list of American businesses that have celebrated the introduction of corporate-friendly tax law with one-time bonuses for staff. AT&T, Comcast, JetBlue, and Wal-Mart also said they were giving bonuses.


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15:45
Microsoft taps 'Minecraft' leader to run...

Now that Phil Spencer is managing Microsoft's broader game platform strategy, who's going to fill his shoes? Now we know: Microsoft has appointed Matt Booty, the overseer of the company's Minecraft teams, as the corporate VP of Microsoft Studios. H...

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15:27
Deep Dive on Apple’s Tax Announcement, Jeff and...

Apple made some major announcements about taxes, investments, and the company’s five year plan for contributions to the U.S. economy, and Bryan and Jeff take  a deep dive into what it all means. They also examine their own potential for hypocrisy in criticizing Apple’s smarthome strategy. The cap the show with a listener comment about the Mac App Store security bug.


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15:17
Apple gives employees $2,500 bonuses after new tax...

Good to see these bonuses are also being given out to retail and part-time employees.

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15:04
Here’s the full email Tim Cook sent to Apple...

It’s been a big day for both Apple and its employees. Apple plans to repatriate almost $250 billion of its overseas cash, while it will also give employees $2,500 worth of restricted stock units. Now, Axios has obtained the full text of the email Tim Cook sent to Apple employees regarding today’s announcements…

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15:00
Autoblog's 2018 Detroit Auto Show roundup

By Jeremy Korzeniewski

Yes, the 2018 Detroit Auto Show is a showcase for the latest and greatest American pickup trucks, like the 2019 Ford Ranger, 2019 Ram 1500, and 2019 Chevy Silverado. But that doesn't mean there isn't anything to interest those...

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14:37
Google will consider load times in mobile search...

Google is always optimizing search, but has given mobile more prominence lately, including axing its long-running Instant Search feature last July to unify searching on desktop and device. Their latest tweak, which goes into effect July 2018, aims to...

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14:27
008: Apple’s first comedy, HomePods shipping, BMW’s...

Today we’ve got Apple’s big investment in the US economy, Kristen Wiig starring in Apple’s first comedy series, Siri learning a new trick, the first 1 million HomePods shipping ahead of launch, and BMW’s consumer hostile CarPlay decision.

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

https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/9to5mac-daily2.mp3

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14:23
How the MacBook Air Changed the Course of Our Mobile...

The MacBook Air, introduced by Steve Jobs at Macworld San Francisco in January, 2008, was limited in capability and outrageously expensive. We loved it.


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14:19
Nintendo unveils Labo, DIY cardboard add-ons for the...

If you thought Minecraft was the best thing for kids on the Switch, get ready for Nintendo to (once again) blow your mind. Behold Labo, a set of DIY tools built on cardboard sheets that turns the console into a powerhouse of play. Make a piano, with...

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14:19
Google may be bringing its handy Smart Replies to...

Smart Replies may be cold and impersonal, but they've been handy if you've just wanted to acknowledge a work message or answer a simple question. And soon, you might not even have to open the app. The 9to5Google crew has discovered code references su...

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14:18
Tim Cook pops up in Reno to celebrate Apple facility...




Apple chief executive Tim Cook made an appearance in Reno, Nevada on Wednesday as his company broke ground on a new downtown warehouse that will serve Apple's nearby multi-billion data center.

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14:17
Apple video content push reportedly helping increase...




Apple's drive for video content is seemingly having a wider effect on how much actors get paid, with a report claiming Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman bolstered their pay from HBO for a project following after Witherspoon made a similar high-value deal for an Apple-commissioned drama.

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14:17
Apple Daily Report for January 7, 2017

The AWT News Update is on a one-day hiatus while my compadre, Steve, takes care of some personal business. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

Apple stock rose nearly $3 in Wednesday trading following the midday announcement of plans to invigorate the U.S. economy, including repatriating billions of dollars in foreign cash reserves.

What’s more, Bloomberg reports that Apple will be giving most of its global employees an extra bonus as the company plans on repatriating almost $250 billion of its overseas cash after new U.S. tax laws were passed.

Apple CEO Tim...

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14:10
Jennifer Aniston & Reese Witherspoon netting...

While we’ve heard quite a bit about the different series Apple has planned for its original content efforts, details on those shows have been sparse. The Hollywood Reporter claims today, however, that Apple is shelling out upward of $1.25 million per episode to both Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon for their upcoming show…

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14:00
The most eye-catching cars and tech from NAIAS 2018...

The North American International Auto Show's press and industry preview week is winding down, but the show is far from over. Next week the NAIAS opens to the public and if can't make it to the Mitten State yourself but still want a peek at what's tuc...

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13:40
Apple to pay $38 billion in US taxes on overseas cash

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Gary Waters)

Apple announced on Wednesday that it would pay $38 billion in taxes to the federal government as it brings cash earned overseas into the United States. The big payment is the result of President Donald Trump's tax cut bill, passed last month, which created a new, special tax rate for overseas cash.

Apple is likely to be the biggest beneficiary of that provision. The American company had around $250 billion in cash and other short-term assets held...

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13:40
DoorDash's delivery drivers will take...

DoorDash announced a new project today aimed at reducing the amount of food thrown out by restaurants each year. A 2016 report released by the Food Waste Reduction Alliance found that restaurants that took part in its survey donated just two percent...

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13:25
Tip of the Day: Changing the face image for people...

Although the facial recognition features in the iOS Photos app are pretty great, you may not always like the picture it chooses as the “key” photo for a given person. Fortunately, there’s a way to select a different photo, but it’s until recently it’s been so well hidden in the Photos app that most people probably don’t even know it’s there. To select a new key photo for a person, you must begin by going to…

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13:23
Report: Apple shares $2500 bonuses with employees...

Bloomberg today reports that Apple will be giving most of its global employees an extra bonus as the company plans on repatriating almost $250B of its overseas cash after new US tax laws were passed.

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13:21
Ubisoft inadvertently releases 'Assassin's...

Ubisoft has a history of premature software releases, but here's one you might not mind. The developer has confirmed that it inadvertently released its Assassin's Creed Origins add-on The Hidden Ones to Xbox One users a week ahead of its January 23rd...

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13:19
Video: Apple gets ready to ship HomePod after month-...




The HomePod was previously scheduled to hit the market before the end of last year, but Apple issued a statement in November saying it needed more time before the product is ready for customers, giving it an "early 2018" release date.

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13:17
Apple Commits $350 Billion to U.S. Economy Over 5...

In a long press release, the company said increased investment, existing plans, and a one-time tax would add up to a $350 billion contribution to the nation’s economy.


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13:14
Apple stock climbs on word of planned US investments...




Apple stock rose nearly $3 in Wednesday trading following the midday announcement of plans to invigorate the U.S. economy, including repatriating billions of dollars in foreign cash reserves. [Updated with news on employee stock bonuses]

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13:00
Tim Cook attends Apple’s new Reno facility...

As reported by Reno Gazette Journal, Tim Cook unexpectedly showed up to celebrate the groundbreaking of Apple’s latest facility today at its data center in Reno, Nevada.

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13:00
Review: LifeProof LifeActív Power Pack

Although LifeProof is best known for its rugged waterproof iPhone cases, like other case makers the company has started to branch out a bit into other accessories, and one of its first is a fairly natural extension for the outdoor enthusiast in the form of the LifeActív Power Pack. It's designed to withstand the elements and packs 10,000 mAh of backup power and a built-in LED flashlight. {/exp:char_limit}

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13:00
Huawei and its peers won't win over the US...

Standing in front of a slide simply titled "Something I want to share," the CEO of Huawei's consumer product division is about to break tradition. Richard Yu is going to directly address the reported partnership with AT&T that fell through at the...

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12:55
Apple Plans to Build Another New Campus

With the dust still settling on its new spaceship campus in Cupertino, Apple announced plans to build another facility.


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12:51
Ireland's plans for Apple to pay $15.9B in back...




Ireland's attempt to collect an estimated 13 billion euro ($15.9 billion) in unpaid taxes could take longer than previously thought, after Prime Minister Leo Varadkar advised to EU lawmakers that initial payments could commence during the second quarter of this year.

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12:45
Apple to Pay $38 Billion in One-Time Repatriation Tax

The money is owed on roughly $245 billion in overseas profits being repatriated under the recent tax overhaul bill signed into law by President Trump.


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12:36
Yahoo Sports teams with NBA on live games, AR and...

Verizon isn't just obsessed with football. The carrier has unveiled an expanded partnership with the NBA that will make basketball games and related content available across Yahoo and "other Verizon media platforms." To start, it's making much ado o...

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12:33
Apple Expands Advanced Manufacturing Fund to $5...

Apple’s Advanced Manufacturing Fund just got a big boost from US$1 billion up to $5 billion.


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12:31
External Link: Messages App Plagued by Another...

Twitter user Abraham Masri has discovered a Web link that, when opened in the Messages app on iOS or macOS, causes freezing, crashing, battery issues, and other nasty behavior. This isn’t the first time that a rogue link or piece of text has broken one of Apple’s apps. Apple will likely release a fix soon.

 

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12:13
How to buy Bitcoin, Ethereum at their current lows...




Cryptocurrency volatility has generated sensationalized headlines over the past year, with cyclical valuation drops and surges that make even Apple's stock price look relaxed in comparison. Here's a look at how cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum's "Ether" work, and how you can get involved in trading them at their current lows with Coinbase, a popular and easy-to-use iOS app.

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12:09
3 Tracking Apps to See Locations of Friends and...

These are apps meant for you to do this in a non-creepy, non-stalker way. Don’t be like that mom from Black Mirror.


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12:07
Instagram is testing a text-based 'Type'...

Instagram keeps updating its Stories feature lately with new additions to keep things interesting. The company recently added polls, a way to surface past Stories and has been experimenting with cross-posts to WhatsApp. Now, according to a report at...

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11:53
Apple diverting worker shuttles because of smashed...




Apple is rerouting the daily buses that drive workers from San Francisco to Cupertino following incidents of broken windows, according to an internal email.

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11:48
Apple lands Kristen Wiig comedy series produced by...

Apple has now landed its fifth scripted TV series and its third produced by Reese Witherspoon's company Hello Sunshine, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The latest addition is a comedy starring SNL alum Kristen Wiig and is said to be inspired by a...

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11:42
Apple employee shuttles are being attacked during...

Every day, Apple runs a shuttle service from San Francisco to Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino to help employees commute to work. Sadly, some of these buses have been attacked in the last week by unknown criminals resulting in smashed windows. Mashable confirmed with Apple that the incidents were happening but the company did not say how the buses were being damaged; presumably someone is throwing objects (rocks?) to break the glass.

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11:29
Aspyr ships 'Civilization VI' Fall 2017...




Players of 'Civilization VI' on macOS have more downloadable content to enjoy, while a new list compiling games supporting Apple's Metal API offers more ways for gamers to push their Mac's GPU.

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11:23
Facebook reopens investigation to see if Russia...

This past December, Facebook investigated whether Russia had used the social network to influence the EU Referendum vote, or Brexit. At the time, the team found little evidence of UK-related activity from the "Internet Research Agency" in Russia. Now...

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11:18
Kristen Wig to star in Apple’s first scripted comedy...

Apple has landed a 10-episode comedy series executive produced by and starring Kristen Wig, the Saturday Night Live grad and movie actress (GhostBusters, Downsizing), according to The Hollywood Reporter. The project, inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld's upcoming short-story collection You Think It, I'll Say It and produced by Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine...

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11:16
Siri Podcast News Feature Rolling Out to iOS 11.2.2...

The Siri podcast feature was designed for the HomePod in mind, and it’s designed for hands-free situations.


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11:15
Apple shuttles are being attacked in San Francisco

Mashable has reached out to both Apple and the local police to confirm whether the shuttles were being shot at, and we will update this when we hear back. At the time of publication, Apple and the local police were not able to confirm what object was shattering the windows. It could, of course, be rocks — but even rocks thrown at a moving vehicle on the highway could result in tragedy.

Be safe people.

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11:05
Someone is attacking Apple shuttle buses

Someone is attaching Apple shuttle buses that carry employees to and from San Francisco to the company’s Cupertino headquarters, according to an internal Apple email thread viewed by Mashable. Apparently, “rubber rounds” — rubber or rubber-coated projectiles that can be shot from either standard firearms or dedicated riot guns — are being fired at the vehicles, sometimes breaking windows.

Apple emailed employees to alert them that an untold number of shuttles would be rerouted, adding 30 to 45 minutes to riders' commute. Mashable obtained the email and has verified its authenticity. 

“As always, the safety of our employees is our first priority. We’re working closely with law enforcement to investigate these incidents and we’ll notify you as soon as the coaches are able to return to the regular route,” the email reads in part. “Thank you for your patience...

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11:00
Apple plans to add 20,000 jobs, new campus in the US

Apple is determined to show that it's investing in the US economy despite its tax moves and foreign manufacturing. The company has announced a slew of investments it claims will pump a total of $350 billion into the US economy, highlighted by its fo...

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10:57
YouTube snags the rights to Eminem-produced...

YouTube has acquired the rights to Eminem-produced Bodied, a satirical film that takes place within the Oakland hip-hop scene. It's co-written and directed by Joseph Kahn -- director of 2004's Torque as well as music videos for everyone from Taylor S...

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10:56
Apple is among the top bond issuers ahead of rising...

Apple is among the companies that added the most debt last year to to finance either acquisitions or stock repurchases, says S&P Dow Jones Indices, reports Investor’s Business Daily.

Apple, despite having a cash pile estimated to reach $285 billion by the end of 2017, added nearly $27 billion in debt. The tech giant has stepped up stock repurchases.

S&P 500 companies such as Apple, AT&T and Amazon overall issued $775 billion in bonds, the sixth consecutive year of record U.S. corporate bond issuances,  says S&P Dow Jones Indices, notes Investor’s Business Daily. The companies aimed to take advantage of low interest rates. Inflation is expected to rise in 2018, say some economists, which could hike borrowing costs and interest expenses.

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10:51
Is BMW going to make you pay for Apple CarPlay every...

This is an interesting decision by BMW. Their logic seems solid but many people are unhappy about the subscription. I’ll never buy a BMW so I don’t have a dog in this hunt but if successful, you can bet this will move downmarket to other manufacturers.

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10:50
Apple says it will pump $350B into US through next...




Looking to boost its domestic image, Apple on Wednesday announced that it expects to contribute $350 billion to the U.S. economy during the next five years, picking up some 20,000 jobs in the process.

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10:50
Apple Says It Will 'Contribute' $350...

Apple said on Wednesday it will invest $350 billion in the U.S. economy over the next five years, touting the creation of 20,000 new jobs and a new campus thanks, in part, to the prospect of tax reform. From a report: The company said it expects tax repatriation payments of about $38 billion, indicating that it will bring a portion of its $250 billion overseas cash back to the U.S. As of November, the company had $268.9 billion in cash, both domestically and overseas. The job creation will focus on direct employment, but also suppliers and its app business, which it had already planned to grow substantially. "We have a deep sense of responsibility to give back to our country and the people who help make our success possible," chief executive Tim Cook said in a statement.


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10:48
Apple plans another new campus and more investments...

Apple has announced a new set of investments to build on its commitment to support the American economy and its workforce, concentrated in three areas where the tech giant has had the greatest impact on job creation: direct employment by Apple, spending and investment with Apple’s domestic suppliers and manufacturers, and fueling the app economy that the company created with iPhone and the App Store. 

The Cupertino, California-based company is already responsible for creating and supporting over two million jobs across the U.S. and expects to generate even more jobs as a result of the initiatives being announced today. Combining new investments and Apple’s current pace of spending with domestic suppliers and manufacturers — an estimated $55 billion for 2018 — Apple’s direct contribution to the U.S. economy will be more than $350 billion over the next five years, not including Apple’s ongoing tax payments, the tax revenues generated from employees’ wages and the sale of Apple...

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10:36
Google says fix for WiFi bug on Cast devices is...

After weeks of reports from users losing WiFi connections due to Google devices with the "Cast" feature, the company has responded. According to an entry on Google's support page, the company has identified the issue and will release a fix to roll ou...

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chaiOS Bug, J.J Abrams New Sci-fi Series – TMO Daily...

Kelly Guimont and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to discuss the chaiOS bug for the Mac and iPhone, plus they weigh in on Apple’s bid for the new J.J. Abrams sci-fi series.


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Xfinity customers will get a ton of Winter Olympics...

The Olympics offer a unique technical challenge for TV broadcasters and cable companies every few years. With the 2018 Winter Olympics just a few weeks away, Comcast has announced its plans to offer a pretty huge variety of coverage for its Xfinity T...

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10:22
Apple announces plans for a new campus as it pledges...

Apple today has announced a new commitment to contribute $350 billion to the US economy over the next five years. The news also includes the company’s expectations to create thousands of new jobs and how its US operations will grow with a new campus.

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10:14
Apple makes available sixth developer betas of tvOS...




A day after the fifth beta of High Sierra 10.13.5 was delivered to developers for testing, Apple has issued the sixth betas of iOS 11.2.5 and tvOS 11.2.5.

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10:09
Apple releases sixth iOS and tvOS 11.2.5 betas

Apple has released new beta versions of iOS and tvOS for developer testing. iOS and tvOS 11.2.5 beta 6 are now available on the developer center and over-the-air. We’ll update to the latest versions and note any changes below.

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10:01
Kristen Wiig on tap for new Apple-funded scripted...




Apple has teamed up with Reese Witherspoon's production company for the third time, to deliver the comedy vehicle starring Kristen Wiig in her first role outside of movies in over five years.

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Facebook adds livestream features to old videos

Facebook says its Live videos are wildly popular and generate around six times the interaction other videos do. That's why it's testing a new feature that adds the elements responsible for making Live a more engaging, interactive experience to non-Li...

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09:47
Apple taps SNL veteran Kristen Wiig for new comedy...

Details about Apple’s upcoming video service continue to surface with The Hollywood Reporter reporting that Kristen Wiig will star in a comedy series distributed by Apple. Reese Witherspoon, who already has two upcoming shows through Apple, will produce the comedy show.

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09:38
'chaiOS' bug can cause iMessage to crash...

There's a new bug floating around called "chaiOS" that appears to be a basic GitHub link. However, when you text it to a person via the iMessage app (whether on iOS or MacOS), it will crash the app and possibly cause the device to freeze and restart....

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09:36
Tips: How to create a PDF of a webpage for offline...




Though there are certainly alternatives like Pocket, often the simplest way of saving a single page of a webpage for later reading on an iPhone or iPad -- especially if you want to annotate it -- is saving it as a PDF.

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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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09:23
AWT TV Episode 34: January 16, 2018

Welcome to AWT TV, a weekly show featuring Steve Sande, Dennis Sellers and Marty Edwards of Apple World Today. Each week we'll discuss what's happened in the world of Apple, talk about new apps and accessories, maybe even have a demonstration or two of the latest software.  

Starting with the last show (Episode 33), we're now going to a twice-monthly schedule. You can enjoy AWT TV on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM PT / 9:30 PM ET.

Tonight's episode is all about hints and tips, both for iOS and macOS. In this episode, you'll see how to:

• Find all of your Mac passwords on your iPhone
• Find how long each app has been active on your iOS device while it's operating on battery power
• Learn how to take screenshots easily with one finger and a single tap
• Take that one step further and restart your iOS device with a single tap...

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09:19
GAO expects delays in SpaceX and Boeing astronaut...

It's no secret that NASA is pretty far behind schedule when it comes to returning to human spaceflight. Currently it's working with two contractors, Boeing and SpaceX, for eventual crewed flights. Today, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Tec...

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09:04
'Top 100 Global Technology Leaders' list...




Apple has been included in Thomson Reuters' list of the 'Top 100 Global Tech Leaders,' with the iPhone producer put into sixth place in the rankings of firms identified as 'the industry's most operationally sound and financially successful operations.'

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09:03
PSA: chaiOS Web Link Crashes Messages on iPhone,...

There’s a URL circulating that can crash Messages on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, and it can even cause the iOS springboard to unexpectedly crash and relaunch.


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08:57
Should Apple be made responsible for making iPhones...

A thoughtful new piece by Farhad Manjoo in The New York Times today takes a look how Apple could improve our relationship with our iPhones. While it’s not the iPhone maker’s fault we’re so addicted to our devices, Manjoo thinks there’s an opportunity for Apple to encourage more intentional use, which would mean less use. Could there be a way to do this that’s both beneficial for users and Apple?

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08:55
News: Report: Apple in bidding war with HBO for new...

Apple is currently in a bidding war with HBO for a new sci-fi drama from J.J. Abrams, Variety reports. The series is rumored to revolve around a world’s efforts to repel a “monstrous, oppressive force” and marks Abrams’ first return to writing for TV since “Fringe” in 2008. Apple seems to be very interested in the sci-fi genre to begin its original video content venture, opting to revive Steven Spielberg’s…

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08:53
SpiderOak ONE 2TB Cloud Storage 1-Year Subscription...

We have a deal on a one-year subscription for 1TB of cloud storage from SpiderOak ONE. Your traffic to and from the company’s servers are encrypted end-to-end. It’s $39.99 through us.


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08:28
Apple Trying to Score J.J. Abrams Sci-Fi Series for...

Apple is pushing to land a deal with J.J. Abrams for a new sci-fi drama series for Apple Music.


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08:08
News: BMW to charge $80 annual fee for CarPlay in...

While most automakers either offer CarPlay as a standard feature or charge a flat fee to include it, BMW is making a curious move to charge an $80-a-year subscription fee for the Apple feature, The Verge reports. Last year BMW added CarPlay as an option for a $300 one-time fee, but Don Smith, technology product manager for BMW North America, said the company will now offer the service free for the first year and then charge $80 each year after that…

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07:55
iPhone slowdown class action lawyers make '...




Lawyers working on one of a number of class-action lawsuit proposals over the iPhone battery slowdown issue want Apple to retain the old batteries it swaps out in its battery replacement program, along with a request to hand over any diagnostic data Apple produces relating to the batteries.

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07:34
A new glitch: a text message can crash your iOS,...

Abraham Masri has shared a link on Twitter that can freeze a recipient’s iOS or macOS device, and possibly restart it, when sent in a text message.

The so-called “chaiOS bug” links to a page of code on GitHub. If you click on the link, Apple’s iOS Messages app crashes. You’ll have to delete the conversation in which you received the link and start over. 

As for Safari and Chrome on the Mac, they’ll display the “spinning beach ball.” As best I can tell, you’ll have to force quit the browsers, then re-open them.

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07:32
News: Apple opens Siri’s ‘Give me the news’ feature...

Even though the HomePod has been delayed, Apple is rolling out Siri’s new “Give me the news” feature to iOS users in the US, UK and Australia, 9to5Mac reports. The update plays a daily news podcast when users ask Siri, “Give me the news,” with the default content coming from NPR in the US, the BBC in the UK and ABC in Australia. Users can switch the podcast by asking Siri to switch to CNN, Fox News or The Washington Post…

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