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Wednesday March 21

Collection of quick takes on the Facebook /...

Michael Tsai has pulled together a set of stories and tweets on this evolving story. Worth a scan, lots of links.

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How to manage and interact with your contacts using...

This post is full of useful tips, including several different ways to set contact relationships (Ryan is my son, or Jim is my boss, that sort of thing). Really good.

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Apple climbs LinkedIn's 2018 top companies to...

LinkedIn has released their annual list of the most sought-after employers, with Apple coming in at number six, up one position from last year.

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Apple announces new wave of Apple Watch bands

Just in time for Spring (it is snowing like crazy as I write this, but still), Apple has announced a new wave of Apple Watch bands featuring Spring colors and styles.

Follow the link, look at the images. Some nice looking bands.

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Apple Pay collection plate being considered by the...

Looking to modernize, over 16,000 churches belonging to the Church of England are beginning to accept Apple Pay and Google Pay from congregations.

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Jimmy Iovine will step back, move into consulting...

The music industry luminary, part of Apple since the Beats purchase in 2014, plans to give up day-to-day involvement but will stay with the company.

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Spring Apple Watch band collection updates colors,...

Apple has rolled out its spring 2018 collection of Apple Watch bands including a Hermes color refresh, and the Nike Sport Loop available separately for the first time.

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Apple debuts new Apple Watch bands

Apple has debuted a spring collection of bands that include Woven Nylon bands with a fresh stripe that alternates white with color, exclusive Nike bands that color-match with the latest Nike running shoes, and a new edge paint color for Apple Watch Hermès bands. 

Later this month, all new bands will be available to order from and for purchase at select Apple Stores, Apple Authorized Resellers and carriers. Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) will include new 38mm and 42mm Space Gray Aluminum Case with Black Sport Loop models. 

The Nike Sport Loop will now be sold separately, joining new Nike Sport Band colors. Apple Watch Nike+ (GPS + Cellular) will include new 38mm and 42mm Space Gray Aluminum Case with Midnight Fog Nike Sport Loop models. The Single Tour Rallye and Double Tour bands now display contrasting paint details.

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How to delete your Facebook account completely on...

With anger and distrust at the social network at perhaps an all-time high, here's how to go about getting rid of Facebook -- something that's a lot easier than it used to be.

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5.8-inch OLED iPhone model could be 10 percent...

Apple's follow-up to the iPhone X will cost less to produce than the current model, a report claims, with the next-generation smartphone thought to have a manufacturing bill of materials more than 10 percent lower, despite expectations that it will have upgraded specifications.

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Apple patent is for ‘techniques and systems for...

Some folks feel that Apple has neglected podcasting in recent software updates. That could change, as the tech giant has been granted a patent (number 9,923,962) for “techniques and systems for supporting podcasting.”

The patent involves enhanced podcasts and techniques that facilitate their use. The improved techniques can pertain to creating, publishing, hosting, accessing, subscribing, managing, transferring, and/or playing podcasts. According to one aspect, a client application can subscribe to podcasts and then automatically monitor the podcasts for updates to be downloaded. 

In the event that user interest in a podcast becomes inadequate, downloading of further updates can be restricted. According to another aspect, a podcast can be subscribed to through use of a portable subscription file. According to still another aspect, podcast feeds can be enhanced to include segment elements and other metadata.

In the patent, Apple says that podcasts are...

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After Cambridge Analytica scandal, publishers see...

For years, Facebook and Google have been bleeding the publishing industry dry, appropriating the work of its reporters while replacing the ads that traditionally supported the news business with their own targeted surveillance advertising that does little to support actual journalism. It took a major scandal to wake the industry up, but it's increasing warming to Apple News and its unique model of privacy.

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Just Mobile’s ShutterGrip is a great addition to an...

Just Mobile’s ShutterGrip doesn’t ship until mid-April, but AppleWorld.Today got an advance copy. The bottom line: it’s a nifty accessory for smartphone owners who take lots of photos.

The ShutterGrip — a “grab and go” camera control gadget —  is extremely versatile, offering compatibility with the iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6s/6s Plus, iPhone 6/6 Plus, and iPhone 5/5s. It uses a tensioned grip to attach to these Apple smartphones, whether or not they’re in a case or not. Well, unless the smartphone with attached case measures more than 3.4 inches wide or 0.6 inches deep.

With it attached (and there’s no app to install(. you have a solid, ergonomic handle and wireless shutter button that helps eliminate shaky shots. The ShutterGrip automatically turns itself off after three minutes of nonuse, so there’s no on/off...

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Facebook data-mining fallout continues with lawsuit...

The fallout from the Facebook privacy controversy continues. After it was revealed that a firm of political consultants carried out a data-harvesting exercise disguised as a personality quiz, the latest developments include a lawsuit and a Mozilla-led petition for privacy changes to the app …


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How to delete your Home data or reset your...

If you’re moving to a new home and are a user of Apple’s Home app, you’ll probably want to set up and control your new home with your accessories. You can remove your home and manually reset your accessories.

To delete your Home data:

  • Open Home and tap the Home tab.
  • Tap the arrow button.
  • Scroll to the bottom and tap Remove Home. Then tap Delete to confirm.

You might need to reset each of your accessories. To reset your accessory, look for a button on the accessory, check its manual, or contact the manufacturer.

(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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Azpen announces new line of wireless chargers

Azpen Innovation has announced four new Qi wireless chargers: the Azpen Qi Wireless Charging Pad (C100), the Azpen Dual-Power Wireless Charging Pad (C200), the Azpen Power Bank with Wireless Charging (C300), and the Azpen Car Vent Magnetic Wireless Charger (C400). 

The $29.99 Azpen Qi Wireless Charging Pad (C100) provides 10 watts of standard charging power and has an ambient glow charging indicator light. For twice the charging fun, the $59.99 Azpen Dual-Power Qi Wireless Charging Pad (C200) can charge two devices at the same time. It too has 20 watts (two sets of 10 watts) of power and can fully charge two devices simultaneously. 

The $59.99 Azpen Power Bank with Wireless Charging (C300) is a 2-in-1 charger that provides standard wireless charging power and an 8000mAh capacity battery. The device also features two variably powered USB ports. 

The $39.99 Azpen Car Vent Magnetic...

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Twocanoes Software releases Certificate Request for...

Twocanoes Software has introduced Certificate Request, a utility for the Mac that’s used to request and install digital X.509 certificates directly from Active Directory. 

It automatically discovers all the required information from Active Directory. Once authenticated, requesting a digital certificate is reportedly as simple as clicking a single button. The digital certificate can be used for configuring wireless, Mail, VPN, or many other services on macOS.

Certificate Request requires macOS 10.12 or later. It costs $29.99 for a single user license and $299.99 for 30 users. A 14-day trial is available at the product webpage.

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5.8-inch iPhone X successor to be ~10% cheaper to...

The iPhone lineup for 2018 is looking to be composed of three new models, a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, a successor to the existing 5.8-inch iPhone X and a new high-end 6.5-inch OLED ‘iPhone X Plus’.

Digitimes today reports that the new 5.8-inch iPhone will be significantly cheaper to manufacture, which could imply a drop from the $999 price point Apple established with iPhone X.


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macOS 10.13.4 High Sierra final release notes leaked

Apple may have accidentally leaked the final release notes for macOS 10.13.4 High Sierra.

In French.

The leaked document reveals that support for external graphics processors will finally be here, along with Business Chat in Messages.

Apple has been rolling out developer and public betas of macOS 10.13.4 at a steady pace. The most recent developer beta came this week. Business Chat support in Messages isn’t a big surprise since it’s been assumed this would arrive for a while now. The feature lets users chat directly with businesses for customer support.

Support for external graphics processor cards, or eGPU, is exciting given that this hasn’t really been available in the macOS operating system to date. The feature will allow MacBook Pro users, for example, to connect a high end video card via an external Thunderbolt-compatible box.

Apple released its sixth macOS 10.13.4 developer beta this week and is promising an official public release some...

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Landlord of Apple’s ‘ambitious’ retail store puts...

The landlord of Apple’s “ambitious” Chicago store has opened last fall has put the building up for sale. Walton Street Capital paid $370 million for the store, which opened in October 2017.

Walton has hired Eastdil Secured to market the store, notes the Wall Street Journal. The firm hopes to sell the store and 10,000 square feet of retail space in the adjoining office building for up to $175 million.

Apple currently pays rent "well below" the average $400 to $500 per square feet of other businesses in the Michigan Avenue area, per the WSJ. A change in landlords could affect rates, though Apple is one of the few U.S. retailers doing well in its physical stores. 

“Apple Michigan Avenue is about removing boundaries between inside and outside, reviving important urban connections within the city,” said...

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Best Buy offers MacBook Air notebooks at $300 off,...

A good deal’s a good deal.

Albeit Apple’s Chicago-based mystery education event is only two days away and there’s a slight chance the company will introduce a lower-priced MacBook Air aimed at students, Best Buy is currently offering the entry-level 128GB 13-inch MacBook Air for $300 off.

This brings the price down to about $699, the lowest price ever for a new MacBook Air notebook. Students are also eligible for an additional $50 discount and can pick up the device for $650.

The same deal applies to the higher-end models, which means the 256GB model is available for $900 (down from $1,200) or the 512GB model is available for $1,250 (down from $1,550).

The MacBook Air features a a 1140×900 glossy display and a 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 Dual Core chip and arrives loaded with macOS High Sierra and 8GB of RAM.

Not a bad deal, no matter how you slice it.


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Apple Pay expands to 25 more U.S. card issuers

Apple has added 25 U.S. card issuers to its Apple Pay roster. Also, folks in Italy and Spain can now use the mobile payment service with bunq, an online-only bank which provides a Mastercard for purchases.

You can view the full list of banks and credit unions that support Apple’s mobile payment service on Apple’s website.

Apple Pay is currently available in 20 countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the UK, the U.S., Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates.

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YouTube is testing floating picture-in-picture...

YouTube might bring one of its mobile apps' most useful multitasking features to the desktop version. The platform has started testing picture-in-picture playback on desktop, a feature that continues playing your video inside a small floating panel w...

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Tuesday March 20

'Hyper Light Drifter' is another indie...

Nintendo wasn't done with the indie game announcements after its #Nindies live stream earlier today. At an event and on social media it revealed three more ports coming to the Switch soon: Hyper Light Drifter, Nidhogg 2 and Crashlands. All three are...

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Ubisoft fights off takeover by entertainment giant...

Ubisoft is finally free of Vivendi. The entertainment titan behind the Universal Music Group and Dailymotion kept buying more and more Ubisoft shares since 2015 to the point that it became the video game publisher's largest stakeholder. While Vivendi...

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Ecobee updates iOS app with refreshed interface, new...

Popular HomeKit accessory maker ecobee has today updated its iOS app with a visual overhaul and several new features. The update brings the ecobee app to version 6.0 and adds some more color and flare to the interface, which was previously primarily black…


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#DeleteFacebook movement gains traction as WhatsApp...

Facebook is under fire for its data sharing practices, with Cambridge Analytica having misused user data of as many as 50 million Facebook users. Now, in response to that controversy, many users are joining the #DeleteFacebook movement, including one who once netted hefty payday from the social media giant…


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Huawei's P20 Pro reportedly packs a 40MP camera

Do you still have a hole in your heart where Nokia's camera-centric Lumia 1020 used to be? It might be filled very shortly. WinFuture sources have claimed that Huawei's upcoming P20 Pro will include an ultra-high resolution 40-megapixel rear camera i...

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Apple's GymKit arrives in Hong Kong and Japan...

Apple's slow GymKit rollout continued this month with new integrations in Hong Kong and Japan, where Apple Watch users can now share workout data with cardio equipment made by Life Fitness.

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Amazon is now second most valuable U.S.-listed... became the second most valuable publicly listed U.S. company on Tuesday, surpassing Google parent Alphabet Inc for the first time.

These numbers change all the time and we don’t post about it every time they change, but this is significant for Amazon. They only trail Apple at this point.

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WhatsApp co-founder tells everyone to delete Facebook

In 2014, Facebook bought WhatsApp for $16 billion, making its co-founders — Jan Koum and Brian Acton — very wealthy men. Koum continues to lead the company, but Acton quit earlier this year to start his own foundation. And he isn’t done merely with WhatsApp — in a post on Twitter today, Acton told his followers to delete Facebook.

“It is time,” Acton wrote, adding the hashtag #deletefacebook.


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Universal Audio releases the Neve Preamp Plug‑In

The Neve mic preamp is an undisputed audio masterpiece, adding genuine Neve sheen, richness, and thick musical detail to any signal that passes through it. The pinnacle of Neve preamp design is the classic 1073 module with EQ, but Neve also briefly produced the 1290 module — a rare, preamp-only version of the 1073.

Now, you can get the clarity, grit, and harmonically complex class‑A saturation of this amazing mic preamplifier in a simple two-knob plug-in that’s perfect for UA Audio Interface owners.

This release is huge. Being able to put the Neve Preamp into your chain using Universal Audio’s Unison technology will change the way your music sounds. There is a video and some sound clips on the UA Web site that you should listen to when you get a chance.


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WhatsApp co-founder tweets '#deleteFacebook...

While calls for users to eliminate their presence on Facebook have increased due to reports of how Cambridge Analytica allegedly used the platform, most of them haven't come from anyone walking around with a few billion dollars of Facebook's money. W...

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'Apocalypse Cow' is a platform game...

One of the best things about attending GDC is that, more often than not, you come across some of the best-looking independent titles. Today, that honor goes to Apocalypse Cow, a cinematic adventure game that draws inspiration from animated films like...

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HTC slips out an upgraded VR object tracker

HTC's Vive Tracker is barely half a year old for everyday users, but it's already being replaced with a new model. The VR hardware maker has confirmed to Tom's Hardware that it's now selling an updated "Vive Tracker (2018)" for the same $99. The pr...

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GymKit continues global expansion with new...

Earlier today, Technogym announced that it has deployed some 5,000 GymKit-enabled cardio machines since November. Following that announcement, Life Fitness announced this evening that it is expanding its rollout of GymKit equipment around the world…


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Plan group trips in Skype with help from TripAdvisor...

Bringing TripAdvisor into a group chat is pretty easy -- just tap the Add to Chat button and select TripAdvisor from the list of available plug-ins. You can choose a destination, then search for restaurants, hotels and activities in the area. Sharing...

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Three Star Trek Technologies That May Soon Be Within...

Rich Smith, at The Motley Fool, is enthusiastic about a new book by Dr. Ethan Siegel, a Lewis & Clark College astrophysics professor, called Treknology. In that book, Dr SIegel describes some Star Trek technologies that we could see in our lifetime. Namely, transparent aluminum (oxynitride), deflector shields and tractor beams. The book is cool and author Smith’s essay about it is also cool.

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Roku’s free movie channel arrives on Samsung smart...

Last year, Roku launched a free, ad-supported film channel available to those with a Roku player, stick or TV in the US. Now, the company has announced that The Roku Channel will be available as an app on select Samsung smart TVs this summer. The cha...

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Google Maps for iOS adds restaurant wait times,...

Following an update last month with real-time transit and driving details, Google Maps for iOS has today received another update. Today’s update brings the app to version 4.47 and includes new details for restaurants, additional transit updates, and more…


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Uber faces lawsuit for denying rides to woman with...

Uber is facing still more legal trouble over its accessibility issues. Texas resident D'Edra Steele has sued the ridesharing company for allegedly denying her 25 rides due to the service dog she needs for her cerebral palsy. Reportedly, drivers would...

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Apple's Swift developers discuss enhancements...

Members of Apple's Swift Core team made a special appearance on the Swift Unwrapped podcast to discuss enhancements being rolled out as part of Swift 4.1 and how the company is expanding upon its efforts to engage with the community.

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Apple World Today News Update: March 20, 2018

We're stirring it up topic-wise on this Tuesday, the first day of Spring in the northern hemisphere, with stories about autonomous vehicles, tvOS 11.3, a mock home setting where you can test HomeKit devices, and Apple's plans for even more office space in the South Bay Area:

  • Apple has doubled its autonomous car fleet since January; we also look at the cause of Sunday's Uber autonomous car fatality
  • Apple has released the sixth -- and probably final -- beta of tvOS 11.3 to developers
  • London shoppers can try out a large HomeKit mock home setup at a new store in the Westfield London shopping center
  • Think Apple Park and Apple Campus 3 are it for the company's real estate expansion? Just wait -- the company's plans in San Jose, California are unreal

The text version of the podcast can be read below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Apple News readers need to visit Apple World Today in order to...

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Cambridge Analytica CEO: 'we ran all the...

At the same time Cambridge Analytica announced it's suspending CEO Alexander Nix, Channel 4 News released a second report on the company based on undercover videos. In this report, it shows executives claiming that their work was responsible for Trum...

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How to deactivate/delete your Facebook account or...

Whether you’ve been considering changing how you use Facebook for a while or the latest news about how the social media service has shared user data has caused some concerns, there are some easy ways make some adjustments. Follow along for how to deactivate or delete your account, or dial in your privacy settings.


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Amazon Passes Alphabet To Become the World's...

Amazon has passed Alphabet to become the second most valuable company in the world. Apple remains the only other company more valuable than Amazon. CNBC reports: The e-commerce giant rose 2.7 percent on Tuesday lifting its stock market value to $768 billion. Alphabet, the parent of Google, fell 0.4 percent and is now valued at $762.5 billion. While the U.S. tech mega-caps have rallied in the past year, Amazon's performance has dwarfed them all, with the stock surging 85 percent over the past 12 months, including 35 percent to start 2018. Investors have been piling into Amazon, betting that the company's growing and very profitable cloud computing business will provide the cash needed for investments in original content, physical stores and continuing to build data centers and warehouses.


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Review: Promise Apollo Cloud 2 Duo an Apple-centric...

Promise's Apollo Cloud 2 Duo has a simple setup process on the iPhone that just about anybody can handle, and is the closest thing we've seen yet to network storage as an appliance -- and we've been beating on one for a month.

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9to5Mac Daily 050 | March 20, 2018

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.


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Sonos finally adds support for Audible, after...

Sonos announced today via its blog that it will be supporting the Amazon-based audiobook service Audible on its platform.


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∞ What Spring looks like around the world

Today is the first official day of spring for those of us in the northern hemisphere. The cherry blossoms and tulips are just starting to bloom here in the Vancouver area. While I know many in the northeastern US and the Canadian Maritime provinces are hunkering down in the teeth of yet another snowstorm, just hang in there and hopefully, this video will remind you what you have to look forward to.

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Elevation Lab's CordDock is a hybrid dock for...

Accessory producer Elevation Lab has launched the CordDock, a two-in-one accessory for the iPhone that provides the stability and utility of a typical smartphone dock, but combines it with the flexibility of using a cord for charging in a compact package.

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Linea Sketch 2.0: elegant, approachable sketching...

Along with the slight name change, the app comes with a bunch of cool features.

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Apple Pay comes to 25 more US banks & credit...

Apple has once more updated its roster of banks and credit unions offering Apple Pay, adding another 25 U.S. card issuers, while noting a minor expansion in Europe.

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Michigan Avenue, Chicago Apple Store retail parcel...

The landlord behind Apple's flagship Michigan Avenue store in Chicago is putting the building up for sale, only months after its completion and opening.

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Property owner of Apple’s Chicago flagship looking...

Apple’s Michigan Avenue, Chicago flagship store has been officially put up for sale by its landlord, Walton Street Capital.


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Landlord of Apple’s Chicago store puts building up...

Walton Street Capital purchased the 20,000-square-foot Apple Store, a 35-story office building, and a retail building next door for $370 million in 2017, and is now planning to sell the store and 10,000 square feet of retail space for $175 million while holding on to the office building.

The biggest surprise to me in this story was that Apple didn’t already own the property.

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'Subscribe with Google' attempts to...

Google is launching a new initiative to make it easier for users to subscribe to their favorite news sites, without leaving the service, or engaging in a lengthy sign-up process.

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Apple Pay expands to 25 more banks in the US, bunq...

In the second wave of new banks and credit unions, Apple Pay has picked up another 25 partners across the United States. The latest expansion includes several of those banks across the US.


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Watch the original Black Panther animated series

Open Culture:

How does it compare to the blockbuster film? From its first salvo of Wakandan warrior prowess in a cold open set in the 5th century A.D., to its seventies-African-funk-inspired theme song, to a present-day scene in the White House, with a blustery racist army general (played by Stan Lee) who sounds like a member of the current administration, the first episode, above, suggests it will live up to Hudlin’s casting of the character as “an unapologetic African man,” as Todd Steven Burroughs writes at The Root, “openly opposed to white, Western supremacy.”

I haven’t seen the movie yet (our backwoods little local theater hasn’t started showing it yet) so it’s great to be able to watch this animated

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The seven best iPhone or iPad apps for learning to...

Whether you're just learning, trying to get better, or looking to upgrade your equipment, the App Store offers a wide variety of apps geared towards guitarists, and after playing with a bunch of them, AppleInsider gives your our seven favorites.

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Sudan, world’s last male northern white rhino, is...

Reading this story this morning made me incredibly sad. These are magnificent animals and we are hunting them to extinction.

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Skype adds support for easier trip planning via...

Planning a trip, whether it be with friends or family is never an easy task. Skype plans to change that with its collaboration with TripAdvisor.


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Review: Topping NX5 Portable Headphone Amplifier

Topping is a company that we don't see too often in the U.S., but it has a strong following in the nerdier corners of the headphone enthusiast community. Topping offers a line of compact and portable DACs and headphone amps, each with clean styling and no-nonsense features. Today we're taking a look at the Topping NX5, an ultra-compact portable headphone amplifier. There are lots of little boxes out there that make headphones louder — we found that this one is much more.{/exp:char_limit}

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‘BabelPod’ hardware workaround brings indirect...

The HomePod has great sound, but because it feature no physical inputs, users are limited to either Apple Music or AirPlay sources. It means that there’s no way to connect a home stereo or other source directly to the HomePod via traditional line-in or Bluetooth.

To work around this issue, software architect Andrew Faden hacked together a line-in and Bluetooth input for HomePod called BabelPod. Based around a $10 Raspberry Pi Zero W and a few other essential parts, Faden created a clever workaround that affords both indirect Bluetooth and line-in connectivity for Apple’s recently-launched wireless speaker. more…

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Apple releases sixth developer beta of tvOS 11.3

Apple has released its sixth developer beta of tvOS 11.3, released just over a week after the fifth developer beta, and is likely to be the last beta of the Apple TV software before a full public release.

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Sleep++ 3 for Apple Watch adds automatic sleep...

Apple’s Health app supports sleep tracking data on the iPhone, but populating the category with useful data can be a challenge.

You can capture some data using the Bedtime feature in the Clock app, but dedicated sleep trackers can be more reliable and offer more robust data and Apple hasn’t offered its own Apple Watch sleep tracking yet despite buying Beddit almost a year ago.

Sleep++ is a third-party app that lets you turn your Apple Watch into a dedicated sleep tracker, and today’s 3.0 release makes that much easier with automatic sleep tracking and new goal features.


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HomeKit experience on display at London's John...

London Retailer John Lewis has opened a massive 230,000 square foot retail location with a dedicated Apple HomeKit display in the Westfield London shopping center.

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Apple's self-driving car test fleet up to 45...

Apple is rapidly growing the number of self-driving test vehicles it has in its home state, putting it at second place there behind only General Motors' Cruise subsidiary.

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Uber unlikely to blame for self-driving car fatality...

Following the death late Sunday of a woman who was struck and killed by a self-driving Uber car in Arizona, we now know more about the circumstances of the tragedy, which has a chance to shake public trust in autonomous car technology.

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Apple's fleet of self-driving vehicles almost...

Apple's fleet of self-driving vehicles has almost doubled over the past two months, according to the Financial Times (which requires a subscription). The article says that, based on figures provided by the California Department of Motor Vehicles, the tech giant now has permits for 45 autonomous vehicles, up from 27 in January.

Apple's fleet is now the second largest in California, behind only General Motors subsidiary Cruise Automation and its 110 cars, according the Financial Times. Google-owned Waymo has 24 self-driving test cars in the state, while Tesla has 39.

Last June Apple CEO Tim Cook...

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Technogym says it already has 5,000-plus deployed...

Equipment maker Technogym said on Tuesday that it now has over 5,000 GymKit-ready cardio machines deployed worldwide, just months after its equipment became the first with the platform in a real-world gym.

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Pay What You Want for the 2018 Arduino Enthusiast E-...

We have a great deal for Arduino fans, a collection called the 2018 Arduino Enthusiast E-Book Bundle. Better yet, you can pay what you want. Pay anything, even a penny, and get one of the ebooks. Beat the average price ($10 as of this writing), and you’ll get all ten ebooks in the bundle. Beat the leader’s price, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a Surface Book.

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News: Apple changes policy to force developers to go...

According to a policy update from Apple, developers will soon no longer be able to change support URLs and the text in the “What’s New” section on the App Store without going through the company’s App Review process again, 9to5Mac reports. Changes to that metadata will now require developers to submit an entirely new app update where up until now the app support URL, marketing URL and update notes were able to be edited at…

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Flash Deal: 15% off Apple TV 4K, HomePod, Watch...

Today only, save 15% on top of already reduced prices on nearly everything at eBay (up to $50 off) with coupon. This offer is valid on Apple's brand-new HomePod, the popular Apple TV 4K, MacBook Pros and more. Offer ends tonight at 7 p.m. Pacific. Select refurbished iPhones and Macs are also 20% off for a limited time.

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FT: Apple ramping self-driving car testing, more CA...

Apple doesn’t appear to be slowing down on its mysterious self-driving car technology testing. As noted in a new report on Uber’s fatal accident involving an autonomous vehicle, the Financial Times includes new data on how many self-driving cars Apple may be testing in California.


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Here’s How to Block Facebook Platform Data Sharing

Cambridge Analytica worked Facebook’s own system to harvest millions of profiles and then used that data in Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign. That was all thanks to Facebook Platforms, which is a feature you can disable. Read on to learn how.

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FTC probes Facebook over personal data use following...

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has allegedly started investigating Facebook concerning the use of user data by analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, including whether the social network violated the terms of a 2011 settlement by providing the data without the user's consent.

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Apple HomeKit showcased in giant Westfield London...

UK retailer John Lewis is opening a new 230,000 sq. ft. location in the Westfield London shopping center today, and on display in the giant new department store is a full display dedicated to Apple HomeKit. HouseBeautiful got a sneak peek at the setup before the doors opened to the public…


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ElevationLab launches CordDock for iPhone, a unique...

ElevationLab has today released its newest iPhone accessory, CordDock. The idea behind this product is an iPhone stand that allows users to dock and undock their iPhone easily while effortlessly being able to choose to keep it charging/syncing via an included MFi Lightning cable or to disconnect it totally. Video and more details after the break.


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News: Apple thought to have two-year lead in 3D...

Most android devices won’t have 3D sensors comparable to this in the iPhone X until 2019, giving Apple a two-year lead in the burgeoning field expected to be worth billions over the next few years, Reuters reports. Three major parts producers said Samsung and others are too far behind Apple to get the tech into customers’ hands this year, leaving Apple out ahead on facial recognition, gesture sensing and immersive experiences for gaming…

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Technogym claims first 5,000 GymKit-enabled cardio...

As part of the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association’s annual conference, Technogym is touting a new number for how many Apple GymKit-enabled cardio machines the company has deployed: over 5000. GymKit lets users instantly sync workout data between fitness equipment and Apple Watch to provide the most accurate readings.


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Telegram loses Supreme Court appeal in Russia, must...

Not long after Telegram was pulled from the App Store when Apple learned it was serving child pornography, the encrypted messaging app has lost a Supreme Court appeal in Russia, and been ordered to share its encryption keys with KGB successor, the Federal Security Service (FSB) …


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Apple clamps down on changes to 'What's...

As of April, iPhone and iPad developers will no longer be able to make on-the-fly changes to the "What's New in This Version" text in App Store listings, or even those pages' support and marketing URLs.

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Technogym’s cardio equipment now offers Apple Watch...

Technogym has announced that its cardio equipment is now compatible with the Apple Watch using Apple’s GymKit technology.

With GymKit, customers using their favorite cardio equipment can pair their Apple Watch directly to treadmills, ellipticals, indoor bikes or stair steppers from global manufacturers such as Life Fitness and Technogym with a tap.

After the first ever fitness club in the world offering Apple GymKit compatibility on Technogym equipment launched last November in Sydney (Australia), the international supplier of technology and design driven products and services in the wellness and fitness industry says it now features an installed base of more than 5,000 Apple GymKit-enabled pieces of equipment in hundreds of fitness clubs all over the world.

Apple Watch users can now track their indoor exercise (at home or at their fitness center) by tapping their Apple Watch to Apple GymKit-enabled...

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Photos: Apple's secretive race for new Silicon...

After two decades of being stuck inside 1 Infinite Loop, Apple began building an expansive new Campus 2 now called Apple Park. In parallel, it leased a third large development known as AC3. But the company isn't finished. It's expanding in other directions and has already planned out another major campus in Silicon Valley with a capacity larger than the Spaceship. Here's a look.

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HomePod Diary: I want another one for sure, maybe...

I wrote last time that one of the tests of truly useful technology is how quickly it stops feeling like a luxury and starts feeling like something you wouldn’t want to live without.

For me, streaming music started out as a luxury – something I used to supplement my own collection of music – and has turned into my primary music source. Not just because it gives me access to music that would otherwise have cost me a fortune, but also because For You playlists have introduced me to more new artists than I could count.

I’m finding that HomePod is moving rather rapidly into the same category: a gadget I wouldn’t want to be without.

A month on, I can report that HomePod has definitely completed that transition …


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Future Macs, iPhones, iPads could have wraparound,...

Future Macs, iPhones, and iPads could have wraparound, flexible displays if a newly granted Apple patent (number 9,921,608) ever reaches fruition. In the patent, the tech giant notes that an electronic device may have a front surface on which a display is mounted, but that conventional display configurations “such as these may be satisfactory in certain situations, but can be unnecessarily limiting.”

Apple’s idea for a wraparound display could include a screen with a touch sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, and other sensors for gathering input such as user input (which, of course, seems more geared toward an iOS device rather than a Mac laptop or desktop). Whatever the device, it would use one or more sensors to gather information on rotational motion of the device about the longitudinal axis, tilt events, and other motion of the electronic device. In response to detection of these device motions, the electronic device can display content on the flexible display layer. ...

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How to teach Siri to pronounce a name correctly

Lory Gil, iMore:

Siri’s voice pitch and natural language has improved significantly over the years. But, just like humans, she can sometimes mispronounce a name. You can teach her how to pronounce names correctly. Here’s how.

If you’ve never gone through this exercise, this is well worth your time, a tip updated to the latest and greatest version of iOS.

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French App Store macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 listing...

The French app store let the High Sierra release notes slip a little early, suggesting that the most recent beta is extremely close to release and will include official support for external GPU technology.

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Apple granted a patent for an ‘intelligent stylus’...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,921,684) for an “intelligent stylus” that hints at features in a second generation Apple Pencil. (I know that Apple says the Pencil isn’t a stylus, but that’s how the tech giant has described it in more than one patent.)

Per the patent an intelligent stylus would provide a “stylus condition” in addition to a touch input. The stylus sensing circuitry can include multiple sensors to sense information indicative of the stylus condition (haptic feedback, perhaps?), a microcontroller to determine the stylus condition based on the sensed information, and a transmitter to transmit the determined condition to a corresponding touch sensitive device to cause some action based on the condition. Apple says that the stylus's ability to determine its condition and provide that condition to the touch sensitive device advantageously improves touch and hover sensing and increases device capabilities.

Of course, Apple files for — and is granted...

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Beware taking your Mac running High Sierra to the...

Charles Arthur, The Overspill:

I wrote a while back about the problems I had with my 2012 retina MacBook Pro, and its strange shutdowns – which I suspected, but couldn’t absolutely prove, were due to the graphics card problem that these models have been known to suffer from: when the discrete graphics card was activated, there was a chance it would go completely off the rails.

Finally it shut down and didn’t seem to want to start.


The only way to absolutely prove that the problem with the computer was the graphics card, of course, was to take it to a Genius Bar. After eventually getting an appointment (the Mac Geniuses are rare, compared to the iPhone/iPad Geniuses), I turned up with the rMBP which I’d left for dead.

If you’ve got a Mac, especially if you are running High Sierra, take a few minutes to read this story.

My hope is that this is specific to Charles’ Apple Store and not a symptom of a much wider problem. And I do take heart...

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Apple, IBM expand their partnership via Core ML and...

Apple and IBM are expanding their partnership to allow customers to roll out advanced in-app machine learning capabilities through Apple's Core ML and IBM's Watson technology. TechCrunch reports that the project expansion lets clients develop machine learning tools based on Watson technology, then deploy those assets in app form on Apple portable devices. 

Core ML is a foundational machine learning framework used across Apple products, including Siri, Camera, and QuickType. According to Apple, it “delivers blazingly fast performance with easy integration of machine learning models enabling you to build apps with intelligent new features using just a few lines of code.” Watson is a question answering computer system capable of answering questions posed in natural language.

Apple says on its...

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Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering a Lifetime License to PDFConverterOCR 5 for only $19.99 — that’s 71% off the regular price. This useful tool will let you convert both native and scanned PDF files into a range of editable documents, even retaining their original layouts. Output formats include Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, editable PDFs, and more, and original fonts, images, and formatting are retained when converting. Advanced…

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Apple poised to jump into video, with over 50...

According to a new digital media trends survey, Americans spend more than $2 billion per month on streaming subscriptions, and Apple appears ready to capture some of that in the near future with its aggressive content creation moves.

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Apple tweaks developer policy regarding iTunes...

Apple has told developers that there’s a new policy regarding iTunes Connect. Starting next month, the “What’s New In This Version” text and the support URLs in App Store listings will no longer be able to changed at will, according to 9to5Mac.

Changes to this metadata will now require a new app update to be submitted to the App Store. Previously, the app support URL, marketing URL and update notes were editable by the developer at any time. 

iTunes Connect is a suite of web-based tools for managing content sold on iTunes, the iBooks Store, and the various app stores. 

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Apple leaks official release notes for macOS 10.13.4...

For the latest macOS 10.13.4 beta seed, the update notes merely say ‘This is the latest version of the macOS High Sierra developer beta and is recommended for all Apple developers’ in English locales as normal for pre-release builds. However, it seems Apple has accidentally published the final full release notes in some other languages.

The release notes indicate that iMessage Business Chat will be available on macOS, as well as formally supporting external GPU (eGPU) systems. You can read the full French release notes for the upcoming High Sierra update, with an English translation, after the jump …


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Apple grows carrier billing options in UK, France,...

People wanting to take advantage of carrier billing for Apple Music, the App Store, and other Apple online services now have further options in several European countries.

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Analyst: iPhone X production meets expectations,...

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — Cowen and Company analyst Karl Ackerman says production for the iPhone X has met expectations but may drop lower than anticipated. He adds that a revamped iPhone SE is likely, but not guaranteed.

Ackerman projects that 53 million iPhone X units were built in the first quarter of 2018, which is "largely in line" with an estimate made 30 days ago, suggesting the production would produce 52.5 million units. The analyst forecasts that 42.5 million Apple smartphone units will be produced in the second quarter. This includes nine million iPhone X units, but is down overall from Cowen and Company’s preliminary estimate of between 13 and 16 million units. 

Regarding an iPhone SE 2, Ackerman says that Apple has apparently planned a second generation of the...

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How to reset your Mac’s Bluetooth module to fix...

Tim Hardwick, MacRumors:

Bluetooth is what your Mac uses to connect to wireless devices like keyboards, mice, trackpads, speakers, and other peripherals. Generally, it’s a reliable technology. At some point however, the chances are you’ll run into difficulty establishing a Bluetooth connection with one or more of your devices.

Most problems can be fixed by unpairing and repairing the Bluetooth device, changing its batteries, rebooting your Mac, or performing an SMC reset. But if none of these methods work, you can always try resetting your Mac’s Bluetooth module. Here’s how to do it in macOS using the hidden Bluetooth Debug menu.

Great tip, well documented.

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Apple AirPods: the audiophile review

Vlad Savov, The Verge:

As The Verge’s resident headphones obsessive, I’m not supposed to like the AirPods. My initial reaction upon first seeing them many months ago was to pour scorn on Apple’s designers for crafting a pair of expensive and easy-to-lose cigarette butts. The AirPods were the resurrection of the awful Bluetooth headsets of years past, I thought. But this year, I finally got around to testing a pair of the AirPods for myself, and I finally understand why everyone who owns them loves them.


My wireless-doom scenario is walking into my kitchen, which is so full of metal things that it’s like a Faraday cage, while leaving my music source device in the bedroom: every non-Apple pair of wireless headphones I test becomes unusable in that situation. With the AirPods (and the Beats Solo and Studio 3, which have the same W1 wireless chip) connected to my MacBook Pro, I maintained a pretty decent connection with only minor dropouts in the kitchen....

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