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∞ Drone footage of a mailman delivering mail after...

So many questions. Why are they bothering to physically deliver the mail? Why are so many of the mailboxes fireproof?

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New York City to start phasing out the MetroCard,...

A big change is coming soon to the New York City transit system. According to a report from The New York Times, the transit system will move towards replacing the MetroCard with contactless payments via platforms such as Apple Pay. The full rollout will take several years, but it’s a step in the right direction.


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How to add favicons to Safari tabs and bookmarks bar...

I love Safari, but one of the things that always tempts me to go back to Google Chrome is the lack of favicons in the tabs bar. It sounds like such a simple thing, but when you have several tabs open at the same time, having to rely on text to differentiate one tab from another proves to be quite difficult. more…

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∞ SoundShare: The social music app, adds Party Mode...

SoundShare was already a great social music app, but it just got better with the release of 3.0 and new features like Party Mode.

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Gifting Air Travel by the Hour, iPad Controlled VW...

Bryan Chaffin is joined by Jeff Butts and Andrew Orr to chat about Skyhour app’s new ability to gift air travel by the hour. They also look at VW’s plans for an iPad-controlled VW Bus.

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New York City subway will replace MetroCard with...

The New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Monday approved a new $573 million contract that will see subway turnstiles support contactless payment services, including Apple Pay on iPhone and Apple Watch.

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John Hancock Life Insurance Customers can get Apple...

According to the stipulations, as long as you exercise regularly for two years, you can keep the watch for free. If you don’t exercise, members will have to pay it off in installments.

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Twitterrific for Mac update includes new features...

On the heels of officially bringing back Twitterrific for Mac just under two weeks ago, The Iconfactory has released the first update to its totally refreshed Mac client with Twitterrific version 5.1 that includes a mix of new features, improvements, and bug fixes.


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SpiderOak ONE 1TB 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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Apple Seeds macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 Developer Beta...

The 10.13.1 cycle of developer betas include the same new emojis being introduced in iOS 11.1, as well as a fix for the KRACK Wi-Fi exploit.

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Review: Fiio BTR1 Bluetooth Headphone Adapter

Since the release of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, it's been difficult to review headphones without giving some consideration to a problem that Apple created: the headphone jack. Though there are plenty of fine Bluetooth headphones out there, there are still many companies producing excellent portable headphones that have no wireless capability — we're not ready to commit to the wireless future just yet. A few months ago, we were lukewarm about Fiio's first offered solution to the headphone jack problem, the i1, a Lighting-to-headphone adapter that was well-built but didn't quite do enough to justify its premium over Apple's $9 version. Today we check out Fiio's newest coping mechanism for victims of the headphone jack apocalypse: the BTR1. It's a simple Bluetooth adapter for low-impedance headphones, and we love it.{/exp:char_limit}

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The New Volkswagen Bus, an All-Electric Minivan With...

If you’ve been pining for an all-electric minivan, or for Volkswagen to bring back the Bus, you’ll be able to have both of those wishes granted in 2022.

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[Review] If Apple Made an iOS Reddit Client, it...

The developer, Christian Selig, is a former Apple intern who wanted to build a Reddit app that closely adhered to Apple’s design guidelines.

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Apple Seeds iOS 11.1 Developer Beta 5

The patch notes are the same as iOS 11.1 Developer Beta 4, making this release a bug-fixes and continued-optimization release.

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Former Apple employee launches beautiful iOS focused...

A new Reddit client has launched today for iPhone and iPad that has been built specifically with iOS in mind. Apollo is a full featured Reddit client with 3D Touch support, customizable gestures, a fast Jump Bar, and much more.


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Fifth iOS 11.1, fourth tvOS 11.1 and macOS High...

Apple has again short-cycled the developer testing release cycle with a new fifth beta of iOS 11.1 accompanying fourth betas of macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 and tvOS 11.1.

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Apple releases iOS 11.1 beta 5 to developers

Update: Apple has also released the fourth beta of tvOS 11.1 to developers, as well as macOS High Sierra 10.13.1

Apple today has released iOS 11.1 beta 5 to developers. The update comes just a few days after Apple released beta 4. iOS 11.1 includes changes such as hundreds of new emoji, the return of the 3D multitasking gesture, and more.

iOS 11.1 beta is available via the Settings app.


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YouTube smash 'Despacito' shot in one day...

"Despacito," the most viewed video on YouTube, has garnered over 4 billion views -- and was edited and produced using Final Cut Pro X.

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News: Apple’s patent fight with Samsung headed to...

Apple’s seemingly endless fight with Samsung over smartphone patents is headed back to court once again, Foss Patents reports. A ruling handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court last year holds that Samsung isn’t on the hook for its full profits from smartphone sales just because it infringed on some of Apple’s patents, but doesn’t make clear what portion of the profits should go to Apple or how that should be decided. U.S. District…

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Apple suppliers now prepping AMD Vega video cards...

Signalling that the iMac Pro will likely meet its December ship date, Apple suppliers are reportedly preparing the AMD Radeon Pro Vega cards that will power the computer's graphics.

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Review: Alldock Multi-Device Charging Dock

Australian-based Alldock is making its U.S. debut this fall with its signature product, a modular docking station designed to simplify charging and reduce clutter for families and individuals who regularly need to charge multiple devices in their home. The company's eponymous docking bases are available in two sizes in a selection of attractive materials and also include a modular approach that allows them to accommodate a variety of devices, including mounts for Apple Watch, FitBit, or Pebble watches. {/exp:char_limit}

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Apple's Jeff Williams lauds TSMC's...

Apple COO Jeff Williams at far left at today's TSMC 30th Anniversary Celebration

Taiwanese chip manufacturer TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.) is now 30 years old, becoming a giant in the industry recently due to its close relationship with Apple. Apple COO Jeff Williams spoke at the company's 30th anniversary celebration, lauding the company for that relationship and also talking about how artificial intelligence will have major implications for the future.

Williams talked about TSMC's willingness to invest in plant that has helped both companies thrive. "TSMC invested $9 billion and had 6000 people working around the clock to bring up a ... fab in a record 11 months -- and in the end the execution was flawless. We've gone on to ship over. half a billion chips together in that short window." Williams remarked while thanking TSMC CEOs Mark Liu and C.C. Wei. "There are not many companies that will spend $9 billion on a single bet."

In his remarks,...

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News: Yale parent company acquires fellow smart lock...

On the heels of its release of a new doorbell cam and smart lock, August Home has been acquired by Assa Abloy according to a press release from the company. Assa Abloy is the parent company of Yale Locks & Hardware — a competing smart lock maker — but in a statement August’s representative said, “August will continue to operate independently, now part of the Americas division of Assa Abloy, pending regulatory approval. Jason Johnson…

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13-inch MacBook Pro $1,110,...

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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Apple Pay continues to dominate contactless pay;...

There's a lot going on behind the scenes with Apple's contactless pay system Apple Pay and the associated Wallet app. Platform executive Jennifer Bailey attended the Money 20/20 conference yesterday, where she noted that Apple Pay is now in 20 countries around the world with about 4,000 card issuers. In those countries, Apple Pay accounts for 90 percent of mobile contactless payments.

Bailey also announced that US grocery store giant Albertsons Companies is in the process of deploying Apple Pay to 2,300 stores including all Safeway branches. Dick's Sporting Goods now takes Apple Pay at 675 locations, and high-end retailer Saks Fifth Avenue is starting to roll out Apple Pay. 

Ticketmaster is planning to support Wallet passes at all locations, which lets customers store tickets on iPhone or Apple Watch. The digital tickets can be scanned when entering a venue, making paper tickets a thing of the past for concerts, sporting events, and more.

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External Link: Tim Cook Calls the Mac mini “...

It has been three years since Apple last updated the Mac mini, and that revision was in many ways a downgrade from its predecessor. Despite that dubious history, Apple CEO Tim Cook told a MacRumors reader via email that Apple plans for the Mac mini to be an “important part of the company’s product lineup in the future.” Given that Apple has ignored the Mac mini for so long, we’re taking Cook’s claim with the proverbial grain of salt, but we’d love to see Apple put a new spin on the idea of a miniature Mac.


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Nintendo teases Animal Crossing for iOS with...

Nintendo today has shared it will reveal details this week about its release for the mobile version of its popular title, Animal Crossing. First expected back in March of this year, Animal Crossing will be the second Nintendo title to come to iOS this year.


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News: Apple collaborating with Google and AT&T...

Apple is partnering with Google parent company Alphabet and AT&T to deliver internet to those in Puerto Rico affected by the fallout from Hurricane Maria, according to a blog post by Alistair Westgarth, head of Project Loon. The Project Loon balloons deliver communications equipment to remote parts of the world, and multiple U.S. agencies have approved their use over Puerto Rico. AT&T will provide LTE service, and SES Networks, Liberty Cablevision,…

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Apple suppliers upping production of AMD Radeon Pro...

Apple is reportedly ordering the parts it needs for the iMac Pro in volume, as it readies for the debut of the new lineup. Back at WWDC, Apple officially announced the iMac Pro would be released in December.

The iMac Pro uses high-end GPUs from AMD including the Radeon Pro Vega 56 and 64 graphics cards; these parts are packaged using a newer 2.5D technology …


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Deals: 2017 15" MacBook Pros as low as $2,199...

Exclusive discounts are in effect now on Apple's Mid 2017 15-inch MacBook Pro. Save $200 to $320 on popular configurations with no tax collected outside NY and NJ. Or snap up a 10.5-inch iPad Pro and save $50 to $130. The 38mm Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) with a Space Black Case and Milanese Loop Band is now shipping for $749 as well.

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Insurer John Hancock offers Apple Watch Series 3 for...

Life insurance firm John Hancock will soon offer everyone in its Vitality program an Apple Watch Series 3 for $25 plus tax, with the caveat that they must engage in regular exercise over the next two years.

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The iPod is old enough to drive...

On this day in 2001, Apple co-founder and legend Steve Jobs introduced the first iPod to the world. That makes the iPod platform old enough to get a restricted driver's license in most of the United States. The iPod has been eclipsed by many other Apple products since then, but it was one of the products that first brought Apple to the attention of many consumers.

Up until the iPod was introduced, most MP3 players in existence were difficult to use and had limited flash storage. That first iPod had a 5GB hard drive built in that could hold "up to 1000 songs". The click wheel and menu interface of the early iPods made them incredibly easy to use with one hand, and the iconic white earbuds that came with the player quickly became a status symbol. 

The only iPod still in existence is the very iPhone-like iPod touch, with all other models discontinued over the years as the iPhone -- which brought the ability to not only play music but run a large variety of apps (more...

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News: China cuts off cellular access for Apple Watch...

China has cut off access to the Apple Watch Series 3’s cellular capability after a brief period of availability on one of the country’s phone providers, The Wall Street Journal reports. Analysts claim the country tightened restrictions because of the difficulty in tracking user identity through the watch’s eSIM, which is embedded in the device by Apple rather than the cellular carriers. China Unicom offered cellular service for the…

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John Hancock lets life insurance customers earn...

John Hancock is the first life insurer to offer an almost free Apple Watch as it brings this benefit to all existing and new customers of its Vitality life insurance program. The new initiative offers customers the option to earn an Apple Watch Series 3 for $25 if they exercise regularly for two years.


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Their NSFW name aside, this is a fascinating site with great, easy to understand descriptions of the phenomenon represented.

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Judge Koh Grants Samsung New Damages Trial in Apple...

Presiding  Judge Lucy Koh ruled over the weekend that instructions given to the jury in the original trial “did not accurately reflect the law.”

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COO Jeff Williams praises TSMC for 'intense...

Apple Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams spoke at TSMC's 30th anniversary celebration, and not only praised the company for an "intense" relationship with Apple developing the A11 Bionic processor, but also noted that the iPhone will be a driving force to advance artificial intelligence in the future with implications for the world.

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News: Apple hires ex-Amazon exec for international...

Apple has added another high-profile media name to its growing content division, hiring former Amazon executive Morgan Wandell to head up its international development, Variety reports. During his tenure at Amazon, Wandell was the point man on shows like “The Man in the High Castle,” “Goliath,” and the upcoming “Jack Ryan” series. Before that he worked at ABC working on hits like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Lost,” and “Desperate Housewives.”…

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Apple COO Jeff Williams says AI will change the...

Apple’s chief operating officer Jeff Williams attended the 30th anniversary celebrations of A-series chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, and took the opportunity to say a few words about the importance of AI in general – and the phone as an AI tool in particular.

I think we’re at an inflection point, with on-device computing, coupled with the potential of AI, to really change the world.


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John Hancock Vitality program members: Get an Apple...

Life insurance companies understand just how important activity is to the health and wellbeing of their customers, and for customers of one company, it can really pay off in the form of an Apple Watch Series 3 for $25. John Hancock's Vitality program, which provides rewards to members who stay active, is now offering the GPS-only version of the latest Apple Watch for an initial payment $25 plus tax. 

Now there IS a catch: if you don't want to pay any more money out of pocket for the watch, you have to "pay it off" by completing exercises like walking, running, biking, swimming and so on. Members must earn 500 Vitality Points per month over two years, and then they will own the watch outright. 

The Vitality rewards program is available with specific John Hancock life insurance policies in the United States, and the Apple Watch Series 3 program starts on November 6...

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Google investigating reports of screen burn-in on...

Google is "actively investigating" accounts of OLED screen burn-in on its new top-end iPhone rival, the Pixel 2 XL, according to a spokerperson.

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The Skyhour App Lets You Gift Air Travel By The Hour...

Check out the Skyhour app, an innovative way to gift air travel—by the hour. And it works with more than 350 airlines. Every hour costs $60, and you can send your gift via the app itself, email, SMS, or even in person. The giftee then books the flight through their own copy of the Skyhour app. Seriously, that’s just crazy cool. It lets your recipient decide where they want to fly, when, and on what airlines. In an age of security-related hassles when it comes to buying flights for someone else, this seems pretty darned clever. JetBlue has apparently taken an investment stake in the company, too, suggesting Skyhour has legs. Or wings, or something.

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News: Dispute over payments keeps Facebook’s new...

Facebook is putting up paywalls around some content on its site and driving users to publisher pages to buy subscriptions, but a dispute over the revenue generated is keeping the tool off Apple devices, Recode reports. In discussions that have gone on for months, Apple has demanded as much as 30 percent of the subscription revenue generated — in keeping with its typical cut of in-app subscriptions — where Facebook wants to leave all of the revenue…

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VW claims it will really make its electric VW Bus,...

Volkswagen has talked on a number of occasions about making an electric version of its iconic camper van, the VW Bus. It got as far as making a concept vehicle, called the I.D. Buzz, and it says this one really will make it into production …


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Quicken 2018 offers three Mac subscription plans w/...

Quicken 2018 for macOS is out with updated billing features, three editions, and a new subscription plan available to Mac users. The latest version of the finance software starts with an enhanced bill management center.


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Quicken 2018 for Mac debuts, switches to...

Quicken on Monday released the 2018 Mac edition of its personal finance software, making upgrades in areas like bill payments and investments, but primarily transitioning to a subscription-only model with Starter, Deluxe, and Premier packages.

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News: Apple releases fourth developer betas for iOS...

Apple has released a fourth set of betas for iOS 11.1, tvOS 11.1, and watchOS 4.1 to registered developers. The release notes for both platforms mostly indicate bug fixes, although watchOS 4.1 adds Apple Music streaming capabilities to the Apple Watch Series 3, including support for iCloud Music Library and Apple Music radio stations. Recent reports also suggest that iOS 11.1 may add support for Apple Pay Cash, with Apple’s corporate and retail…

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With iPhone X imminent, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus...

New data collated from the retail chain suggests that the iPhone 8 Plus outsold the iPhone 8 in September, with the pair grabbing 10 and 8 percent of total U.S. iPhone sales across the entirety of the third calendar quarter, with the pair only available for eight days of the measurement period.

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Create custom logos with free online tool

This is a nice tool for playing with logo ideas, homing in on a design you might then pass along to a professional designer to refine.

To get started, click the Make a Logo link in the top bar. Fun and useful.

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Bloomberg suggests Apple has lost its supply-chain...

Bloomberg piece points to weak sales by several key Apple suppliers, and suggests this is evidence that the iPhone maker has lost its famed supply-chain management expertise.

Thanks to Taiwan rules requiring the disclosure of monthly sales, we can track endemic weakness at its exclusive processor maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and primary assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.

Columnist Tim Culpan argues that with the iPhone X, Apple let its desire for innovation get ahead of its ability to source the necessary components …


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Apple Pay heading to four new countries in days,...

Apple Pay should be launching in Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and the United Arab Emirates within a matter of days, and the service is also arriving at more U.S. merchants, platform executive Jennifer Bailey revealed at Sunday's Money 20/20 conference.

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How to pin a note to the top of your list in macOS...

This is a new feature. Easy enough to do. And once pinned in macOS, the note stays pinned in iOS.

To pin or unpin a note in iOS, swipe the note to the right. You’ll see a pin/unpin button. Nice.

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External Link: Use This Terminal Command Before...

Before you sell or give away a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (which has a Touch ID sensor), Apple recommends that you boot the Mac into macOS Recovery and execute this Terminal command: xartutil --erase-all. We’re not entirely sure what it does, and Apple doesn’t offer any explanations, but we suspect it acts to clear the Secure Enclave that stores your fingerprint data. Regardless, it would be wise to follow Apple’s advice.


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Travel without worry with these Twist World Charging...

Do you do international travel for business or pleasure? If you do, and if you go to a large variety of countries, you probably know what a hassle it can be to not have the correct plug for the outlets in a particular country. The Twist Plus World Charging Station and Twist World Charging Station sell for $31.99 each, but you can save an additional 15% using code SAVE15 in the Apple World Today Deals Shop through 10/29

The Twist Plus World Charging Station showing various MacBook AC Adapters

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News: Daily Deal: Twist Plus World Charging Station

Today in iLounge Deals, you can get the Twist Plus World Charging Station for only $31.99 — that’s 39% off the regular price. This hassle-free charging solution provides you with the ability to charge your Mac plus four other USB-equipped devices at once, all from one convenient plug. The Twist Plus simply attaches to your Apple MacBook power adapter, doing away with the need to carry a tangled web of chargers and converters when you’re…

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Apple’s first big break came because of the...

Nice look back at the critical role the world’s first spreadsheet had on Apple’s early success.

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Apple, Spielberg, and Bond

Steven Mallas, Seeking Alpha (free regwall) on Apple and Steve Spielberg inking a deal to bring the series of Amazing Stories to Apple TV:

The plan is for there to be 10 episodes at a cost of $5 million each. That’s nothing to Apple, a drop in the bucket.


Spielberg could shift some of his slate over to streaming services that are aching to differentiate themselves from the pack, primarily the alpha Netflix. Again, here’s where Apple and its cash hoard and its enormous market cap and its platforms that need to be programmed come in – they could help Spielberg distribute concepts that might not find a place elsewhere. Netflix arguably already does this. Think the recent Stephen King adaptation Gerald’s Game. On Netflix, it stands out. In theaters, maybe it wouldn’t have. There’s no way that Cook and Spielberg don’t understand that.

The whole article is interesting, especially when Mallas chews on the possibility of Apple buying the rights to James...

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CIRP: iPhone 6s/6s Plus selling better than the...

Purchase data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) — as noted by 9to5Mac --  suggests that the iPhone 8 is selling in smaller numbers than the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

The research group says that the iPhone 8/8 Plus accounted for just 16% of Apple smartphone sales in the previous quarter, while the iPhone 6s/6s Plus accounted for 24%. In the same time frame last year, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus together accounted for 43% of sales [and] three years ago, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were 46% of sales in their launch quarter.

CIRP’s data — based on a survey of 500 U.S. Apple customers who purchased a product during the quarter — suggests that some of those who would otherwise have bought the iPhone 8 have instead gone for last year’s model following the price cut made by Apple. Others are waiting for the iPhone X, notes the research group.

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External Link: What the iPod’s Creator Is Up To

Tony Fadell designed the iPod at Apple and then created the Nest thermostat that was eventually purchased by Google. Now with his new venture, Future Shape, Fadell is going after the concept of Silicon Valley as a tech hub by funding startups from Paris, France. Fadell has taken his fair share of criticism over the years for being overbearing and opinionated (shades of Steve Jobs), but he is also one of the most successful Apple alums and is worth keeping an eye on.


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It’s alive! Apple vs. Samsung patent battle with...

Will this never end? Judge Lucy Koh of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California has determined that a new Apple v. Samsung trial on design patent damages, which Samsung had been fighting for in courts on both coasts of the U.S. States since the 2012 verdict, is going to happen, reports FOSS Patents.

Koh said Apple “shall bear the burden of persuasion on identifying the relevant article of manufacture and proving the amount of total profit on the sale of that article.” In a separate ruling, the judge said that a case management meeting set for Oct. 25 will still be held and that both Apple and Samsung must file plans “advancing the case schedule and trial date” by that point.

This is all part of the ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung have filed more than 30 lawsuits against each other across four...

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Samsung patent shows company working on AirPower-...

A patent application published on Friday shows that Samsung is working on what looks like its own equivalent of Apple’s upcoming AirPower wireless charging mat. A patent illustration shows it simultaneously charging both a phone and a smartwatch …


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Apple and Samsung headed back to court for iPhone...

The first Apple versus Samsung smartphone trial is headed back to the courtroom again, with the presiding judge ordering a new trial to determine damages for Samsung's willful violation of Apple's design patents in an early round of smartphones because of a century-old law overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Apple allowing iPhone Upgrade Program customers to...

Juli Clover, MacRumors:

Starting on Monday, October 23, iPhone Upgrade Program customers will be able to get a “head start” on the iPhone X pre-order process by getting pre-approved for an iPhone Upgrade Program loan.

If you are part of the iPhone Upgrade Program, this is worth a look, will get you through checkout that much quicker this Friday.

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Apple offers early iPhone X pre-order access to...

This is one of the perks of being part of Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program.

Apple is now enabling IUP members to ‘get a head start on your upgrade to iPhone X’ starting Monday, October 23, ahead of pre-orders on Friday, October 27.

The ‘head start’ on Monday appears to only apply to customers already enrolled in the iPhone Upgrade Program and doesn’t necessarily guarantee launch day inventory. The process instead is intended to let upgraders complete the loan eligibility process through Apple, which partners with insurance firm Citizens One, before the official pre-order period kicks off at 12:01 am PDT on Friday, October 27.

This should allow iPhone Upgrade Program customers to grab the iPhone X first, scale down the checkout process time and complete their transactions as quickly as possible. In addition, customers buying through carrier upgrades or without a contract already have fewer steps at checkout.

Unfortunately, the “head start” period doesn’t...

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Google ‘actively investigating’ reports of Pixel 2...

Over the weekend, Alex Dobie, Executive Editor of Android Central, posted this Tweet, showing what appeared to be screen burn-in on his Google Pixel 2 XL review unit […]

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Apple, AT&T partner to activate Band 8 to help...

This could definitely come in handy.

Apple and wireless carrier AT&T have joined forces and are apparently enabling LTE Band 8, a provisional LTE band that’s been approved but not activated or licensed in the United States or Puerto Rico, to help with communications within the territory following Hurricane Maria.

LTE Band 8 will work with the iPhone 5c and up on iOS 10 or higher in Puerto Rico following a carrier update. Band 8 is a 900Mhz band with improved range to better reach cell towers that are located further away.

Apple offered the following statement:

“We are working with AT&T to activate cellular service for iPhone users in Puerto Rico as the island recovers from Hurricane Maria. Apple engineers have created a special carrier settings update which users connected to Wi-Fi or who are connected to a cellular network will automatically be prompted to download throughout the week. The update allows iPhone customers with iPhone 5c and...

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Google Pixel 2 XL Reviewers Reporting Screen Burn-In...

Multiple people have reported it, including AndroidCentral and The Verge, and it could indicate a significant problem for Google.

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Apple patent is for displays with improved color...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 20170301310) for “displays with improved color accessibility” to aid folks who have trouble distinguishing between different colors on the display of an iOS, watchOS, or macOS device. 

Users with color vision deficiencies may miss a significant amount of visual detail in the images on a display screen, ranging from textual information to photographs and videos. Apple’s solution: “daltonization,” a process through which colors on a display are adjusted to allow users with color vision deficiencies to distinguish a range of detail they would otherwise miss. 

Daltonization is sometimes offered by applications such as websites, web browsers, or desktop applications. These applications adjust the display colors in a targeted display area to make the display content in that area more accessible to the user. These daltonization applications typically apply a single static daltonization algorithm with uniform daltonization strength to...

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CIRP data suggests iPhone 8 selling worse than an ‘S...

Purchase data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) suggests that the iPhone 8 is selling in smaller numbers than an ‘S’ model.

The company says that the iPhone 8/Plus accounted for just 16% of all iPhone sales in the past quarter, against 24% for the iPhone 6S/Plus …


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Apple asked to justify why it should keep the patent...

That years-long patent infringement battle between Apple and Samsung isn’t over yet. A judge has just ordered the two sides to return to court yet again.

Apple was originally awarded $1B after a court ruled that Samsung infringed its iPhone patents. That was later reduced to $339M, but Samsung argued that it was still too much and fought the case all the way to the Supreme Court – where it won. But it didn’t end there …


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MacDaddy’s Mac Backup is a handy Guru for macOS

By Aaron Lee

MacDaddy's Mac Backup Guru for macOS has three main, and very useful, features: 1) It provides a contextual menu to copy and paste a bootable volume in the Finder, 2) It's the only third party disk utility that provides Incremental Snapshots in macOS (as far as I know), and 3) It provides straightforward clone/sync functionality, with security that the sync is reliable.

Incremental Snapshots use only a small fraction of the disk space to store daily versioned backups which can be accessed via the Finder and appear to be standard copies. This is done by employing hardlinks to the original files for unaltered files. Mac Backup Guru  also offers the more traditional clone and sync functionality, with built in Contextual Menu Items in the Finder to make it easier access its capabilities and streamline the user interface.

Mac Backup Guru Incremental Snapshots work differently from traditional disk backups. These initially makes a full...

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How to get the latest flight info in macOS High...

Picking up a friend at the airport? You can get the latest flight info in macOS High Sierra. Here’s how:

Press Command-Space to open Spotlight, then type the airline and flight number to see the status. If you end up with multiple results in the list, you can just click through them to find the particular flight you’re looking for.

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

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Notable apps and app updates for Oct. 23, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Mobo Kids has grown Mobo Greenhouse Garden 1.0. Aimed primarily at children, the $2.99 education app helps young players learn about nature and taking care of seeds. Players need to grow crops, protect them from moles, harvest, extract the weeds and find out what to do with magic beans.

VOLV has launched Black Operations 2. It’s a free strategy war game with multi-touch controls. You train your troops, deploy armies, and battle other players online.

macOS Apps/Updates


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Apple COO Jeff Williams met with Foxconn CEO today...

As previously rumored, Economic Daily News today reports that Apple chief operating officer Jeff Williams had a meeting with Foxconn CEO and chairman Terry Gou in Taipei.

‘Market participants’ familiar with the matter would not disclose details of what was discussed but we would expect production of iPhone X to be a key topic. On Friday, KGI said just 2-3 million iPhone X would be ready to deliver to customers at launch.


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Sunday October 22

Google looks into reports of Pixel 2 XL screen burn-...

It's well-known that OLED displays can suffer from screen burn-in if objects regularly remain on screen for long periods -- that's why Samsung uses tricks like shifting the home button on newer phones. It's not supposed to crop up mere days after you...

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Jennifer Bailey talks Apple Pay: 20 markets, 4000...

Jennifer Bailey who runs Apple Pay gave a keynote presentation on Sunday as part of the Money20/20 Las Vegas event. Here are some Apple Pay stats and updates shared during the presentation:


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The Factory Where Robots Build Robots

turkeydance shared Bloomberg's profile of Fanuc, a secretive Japanese company with 40,000-square-foot factories "where robots made other robots in the dark...stopping only when no storage space remains." About 80% of the company's assembly work is automated, and its robots then go on to assemble and paint cars, build motors, and make electrical components. "King of them all is the Robodrill, which plays first violin in one of the great symphonies of modern production: machining the metal casing for Apple Inc.'s iPhones..." With 40% profit margins, the robot vendor has become a $50 billion company controlling most of the world's market for factory automation and industrial robotics, Bloomberg reports:
In fact, Fanuc might just be the single most important manufacturing company in the world right now, because everything Fanuc does is designed to make it part of what every other manufacturing company is doing... The company even profits from its competitors' sales, because more...

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Stephen Hawking makes his doctoral thesis available...

Ever wondered how Stephen Hawking saw the universe as a doctoral candidate, when his theories about black holes were just coming into fruition? You don't have to hear about it second-hand -- you can now go straight to the source. The legendary cosm...

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Google aims to share revenue with news publishers

Google isn't kidding around when it says it wants to make amends with subscription-based news outlets. The search giant's head of news, Richard Gingras, told the Financial Times that the plan is to share revenues with publishers who take advantage o...

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How to: teach Siri to correctly pronounce names on...

Asking Siri to text or call contacts is one of the virtual assistant's basic functions, but some names can be hard for the system to understand and pronounce. AppleInsider shows you how to ensure correct pronunciation, and contact retrieval, in this video.

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Essential cuts the price of its phone to $499

It's no secret that the Essential Phone isn't a hot seller. Whether or not you believe the sales estimates, it's difficult to move large volumes of a $699 phone with limited carrier deals (in the US, only Sprint) and no brand recognition outside of s...

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Feds warn energy, aviation companies of hacking...

Hackers have been targeting the nuclear, energy, aviation, water and critical manufacturing industries since May, according to Reuters. It's even serious enough for Homeland Security and the FBI to email firms most at risk of attacks, warning them th...

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GraphicConverter 10.5.1

Adds a Show Depth Data context menu item if data is available in HEIC files. ($39.95 new, free update, 177 MB)


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Tesla reportedly lands deal to build an EV factory...

It's difficult for foreign car makers to crack the Chinese market. Unless they're willing to partner with a local brand (and thus give up both profits and technology), they have to pay for shipping vehicles and swallow a 25 percent import duty fee. T...

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Apple no longer sells a 256GB iPhone 7

As noted by Mashable, Apple no longer sells a 256GB iPhone 7, previously the largest capacity, leaving consumers with 32GB and 128GB. If you want a 256GB iPhone, you’ll have to go for the iPhone 8, 8 Plus or iPhone X.

Apple stopped selling the 256GB model on Sept. 12, the same day it unveiled the iPhone 8. Mashable says it also talked to an Apple customer service rep, who confirmed that the company no longer directly offers a 256GB iPhone 7.

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The best DSLR for beginners

By Mike Perlman

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full artic...

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Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music...

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. This week, we have Audio Damage’s Axon 2 drum synth for iPad, a sub-$100 iOS/Mac interface, PreSonus gear, some free sounds for Logic Pro X and much more….. more…

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Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts: We will not...

Apple is usually pretty good about not “encouraging” customers to buy more than they need.

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Photo tour of Apple’s new flagship Chicago store

I’d love to visit this store. Chicago is a great city and these photos really show off the new space.

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UK orders shutdown of online casino games aimed at...

Have you ever seen a gambling machine or website that was all too conspicuously aimed at children? British regulators certainly have. The country's Gambling Commission and advertising overseers have ordered over 450 gambling sites to "immediately"...

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Apple sued by Japanese company that owns Animoji...

Apple plays hardball but $20 says this gets settled out of court for “an undisclosed sum”.

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Tim Cook talks education, diversity, and more in...

Apple this week opened its new flagship retail store in Chicago, and present at the opening were several Apple executives. Tim Cook, Angela Ahrendts, and Eddy Cue were all in attendance, giving interviews, taking selfies, and more. While there, Cook sat down with the mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, for an in-depth interview on Emanuel’s podcast “Chicago Stories.”


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Fitbit Ionic review: Good fitness tracker, passable...

Fitbit's first real smartwatch was the worst kept secret in tech. After months of rumors, leaks and the acquisition of smartwatch pioneer Pebble that all but revealed the company's intentions, Fitbit presented the Ionic to the world. It was a promisi...

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After Math: The fix is in

It was a difficult week for the truth -- and not just how the president coerced a four-star general to lie about the sentiments he made to a grieving war widow. More than half of tech experts now doubt we can fix the "fake news" problem, Congress rol...

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Ben Heck's oscilloscope throwdown

Let's get started reviewing oscilloscopes! In the world of electronics engineering, an oscilloscope is crucial to helping diagnose problems with noise and data communications. Each of the five oscilloscopes reviewed in this episode, from Tektroni...

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SEE Finance 1.1.11

Maintenance release for the personal finance app with a number of adjustments and fixes. ($49.99 new, free update, 34 MB)


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Air traffic controllers may get a break from non-...

Air traffic controllers have it bad enough managing full-size aircraft, but they face an extra headache when you throw drones in the mix. You see, controllers get calls when drone pilots want approval to fly within 5 miles of an airport -- and with...

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Saturday October 21

Logitech's Circle 2 Wired is the best camera...

Logitech's Circle 2 has been available for a little while, but only recently did the company add HomeKit support to the Wired model -- making it just one of two security cameras in the entire smarthome market with that integration. The results are reasonably good, but some missing features prevent a whole-hearted recommendation.

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Fiber optic lines can double as earthquake detectors

You might not need an extensive sensor network or a host of volunteers to detect earthquakes in the future -- in fact, the lines supplying your internet access might do the trick. Researchers have developed technology that detects seismic activity t...

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Windows 10 now includes anti-cheat protection for...

Windows 10's Fall Creators Update is full of changes, but one of the understated additions could make a big difference if you're a gamer. Microsoft has switched on its previously teased TruePlay feature, which promises to protect against "common" che...

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Hopper Disassembler 4.3.3- - Binary disa...
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MacFamilyTree gives genealogy a facelift: modern, interactive, convenient and fast. Explore your family tree and your family history in a way generations of chroniclers before you would have loved.... Read more
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Hopper Disassembler is a binary disassembler, decompiler, and debugger for 32- and 64-bit executables. It will let you disassemble any binary you want, and provide you all the information about its... Read more
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MacFamilyTree gives genealogy a facelift: modern, interactive, convenient and fast. Explore your family tree and your family history in a way generations of chroniclers before you would have loved.... Read more

What we know about Animal Crossing on mo...
At last, we'll be receiving some news about the mobile version of Animal Crossing in a special Nintendo Director at11 PM on October 24. There's been little word on the game since it was first announced, having been met with a series of delays.... | Read more »
Darts of Fury guide - how to rise in the...
Darts of Fury is a new, immensely absorbing darts game from indie studio Yakuto. It's darts in its purest form, but collectible darts and other upgrades give this game an addictive edge that's hard to shake. As your progress out of the beginner... | Read more »
ICEY (Games)
ICEY 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: ICEY is a 2D side-scrolling action game. As you follow the narrator's omnipresent voice, you will see through ICEY's eyes and learn the... | Read more »
The best new games we played this week -...
We've made it, folks. Another weekend is upon us. It's time to sit back and relax with the best new releases of the week. Puzzles, strategy RPGs, and arcade games abound this week. There's a lot of quality stuff to unpack this week, so let's hop... | Read more »
Wheels of Aurelia (Games)
Wheels of Aurelia 1.0.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0.1 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander guide - ti...
Halcyon 6 is a well-loved indie RPG with stellar tactical combat and some pretty good writing, too. It's now landed on the App Store, so mobile fans, if you're itching for a good intergalactic adventure, here's your game. Being a strategy RPG, the... | Read more »
Game of Thrones: Conquest guide - how to...
Fans of base building games might be excited to know that yet another entry in the genre has materialized - Game of Thrones: Conquest. Yes, you can now join the many kingdoms of the famed book series, or create your own, as you try to conquer... | Read more »
Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander (Games)
Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $6.99, Version: (iTunes) Description: An epic space strategy RPG with base building, deep tactical combat, crew management, alien diplomacy,... | Read more »
Legacy of Discord celebrates its 1 year...
It’s been a thrilling first year for fans of Legacy of Discord, the stunning PvP dungeon-crawling ARPG from YOOZOO Games, and now it’s time to celebrate the game’s first anniversary. The developers are amping up the festivities with some exciting... | Read more »
3 reasons to play Thunder Armada - the n...
The bygone days of the Battleship board game might have past, but naval combat simulators still find an audience on mobile. Thunder Armada is Chinese developer Chyogames latest entry into the genre, drawing inspiration from the explosive exchanges... | Read more »

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