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Monday August 21

15:46
AirPods now 2-3 weeks out from Apple, Best Buy and...

The shipping time estimate for Apple’s AirPods have dropped to the lowest we’ve seen yet with an updated 2-3 week window. Strangely enough, even though they are still tough to get directly from Apple, Best Buy and others have stock of the fully wireless earphones ready to ship.

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15:33
AirPods ship times drop to 2-3 weeks from Apple amid...




AirPods ship times from Apple's online store have dropped below one month for the first time since the popular headphones debuted more than eight months ago, though third-party resellers have stock available for immediate purchase.

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15:05
Apple updates Safari Extensions webpage with focus...

Along with releasing beta updates for iOS, macOS, and tvOS today, Apple has updated its Safari Extensions webpage. The redesign includes a prominent link to the extensions available in the Mac App Store, and also features the ability to install extensions from the webpage with a single click.

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14:35
Apple Daily Report for August 21, 2017

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, is on an “eclipse” road trip. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

Intel launched its 8th-generation processors today, starting with the with the new “U-series”chips for notebooks that boast a 40% performance boost compared to the previous generation. Alas, while this series is suitable for use in MacBooks and the dual-core MacBook Pro, it won't help provide users with a 32GB memory option. 

If you have a Barclays bank account, you can now make payments simply by instructing Siri to do it. The feature, added to the latest version of the company’s iOS app...

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13:56
WhatsApp announces new text-based status features

Starting today, popular calling and messaging service WhatsApp is rolling out some new text-based status features for its iOS app and the web.

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13:52
Video: Apple eGPU developer kit tested with a 15-...




AppleInsider takes a look at Apple's eGPU developer kit, including the Radeon RX 580 video card, and the Sonnet eGFX enclosure.

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13:10
Apple holds commanding lead over Qualcomm in 3D...




A new analyst report claims that Apple holds up to a two year lead on rival Qualcomm, when it comes to software and hardware development of accurate 3D sensing systems -- and no Android product developer seems that willing to host the technology in the foreseeable future.

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13:05
A Wealth of Open-Source Software Is Homebrewed

When it comes to installing awesome software for free, this utility, paradoxically both little-known and popular, makes it quick and easy.


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12:56
4K Apple TV codename referenced in tvOS 11 beta 7

As Apple today released another round of beta updates for iOS, macOS, and tvOS, we’re hearing more details about the company’s upcoming products. This time, developer Guilherme Rambo has dug up information about the expected 4K Apple TV.

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12:47
KGI: Apple’s iPhone 8 ahead of Qualcomm with 3D...

In a new report out by KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo, the group believes that Apple has a significant lead on Qualcomm in the 3D sensing technology space. Kuo believes that Qualcomm won’t be making significant shipments until at least 2019.

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12:43
Google unveils Android 8.0 Oreo ahead of iOS 11/...

Google today unveiled the next version of its mobile operating system and its competitor to Apple’s iOS 11 with the official introduction of Android 8.0 ‘Oreo’. more…

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12:39
Latest tvOS 11 beta points to HDR-equipped '...




Further backing the impending arrival of a new Apple TV, the seventh tvOS 11 beta -- released on Monday -- makes references to a "J105a" model with support for HDR (high dynamic range).

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12:31
Android Oreo exits developer beta program, coming to...




Google's latest version of Android has been named. Android Oreo is complete, has exited developer-only beta testing, and is coming soon to the Pixel, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.

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12:27
Atari sues Nestle over “Kit Kat: Breakout” ad

“Breakout” was created by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak with help from fellow co-founder Steve Jobs as a successor to “Pong,” and requires a player to knock down rows of colored bricks with a paddle.

Nestle simply replaced the bricks with brown Kit Kat bars, used in a Kit Kate Bites commercial titled “Kit Kat: Breakout,” showing adults and children using paddles to knock the bars down, according to Atari.

How does Nestle possibly defend themselves against this lawsuit? They seem guilty as hell.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:24
Apple AI expert Tom Gruber's TED Talk video...




A talk from a TED conference in April by Apple AI expert and Siri co-founder Tom Gruber is now available to watch on YouTube, with Gruber sharing how Apple's digital assistant Siri and 'humanistic AI' can be used to help humans become smarter.

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12:23
Apple And Studios Might End-Run the Theaters for...

Bloomberg reports that Apple and Comcast have been negotiating with two movie studios for a very early rental of theatrical releases — 17 days later on Apple TV for $50. The theater owners don’t like it.


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12:22
Apple is Accepting SPLC Donations in iTunes Now

Apple won’t share user information with the SPLC, and donations won’t qualify as a charitable donation.


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11:52
TMO Background Mode Interview with Bloomberg...

Mark Gurman is the Consumer Technology Reporter for Bloomberg. As Mark recalls, there was never a time in his youth when he wasn’t interested in technology. He told me that it was the iPod mini for his 10th birthday that wowed him. His love for the company that created the iPod made it feel very natural to get into reporting on Apple. In the second segment, we chatted about his seminal article in December 2016 on the state of the Mac, thoughts on the next Mac Pro, competition from Microsoft in the form of the Surface Laptop, how the Apple watch Series 3 may have LTE, how devious Apple has become in hiding its pre-release trademarks, prospects for an Apple robot and Apple’s HomePod. Mark provided, as always, fascinating and insightful comments about Apple.


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11:52
Logic Pros Review: Syntronik’s massive collection of...

IK Multimedia unleashed its brand new Syntronik software synth to the masses recently. The new AU/VST instrument is certainly one of the more impressive offerings from the company in terms of virtual sound sources, so there was no way we weren’t going to give this one a spin. more…

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11:25
Making the Most of Your iPhone Storage Space

Just because Apple is making iPhone and iPad models with beefier storage options doesn’t mean iOS isn’t evolving to help you manage the space better.


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11:11
In The Next iTunes Update, iTunes U Collections Will...

If you are an iTunes U content creator, you won’t have to do much since Apple will be doing the transition. However, Apple recommends that institutions review current iTunes U Collections and remove outdated or unneeded content before the transition happens.


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11:02
Affinity Photo 1.6.4 update headlined by new Macro...

Affinity Photo developer, Serif, is continuing to add big enhancements to the iPad version of its professional photo editing app. Version 1.6.4 of Affinity Photo for iPad, which comes not long after the app’s first big update, brings some compelling new features to the table for photo editing enthusiasts.
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10:58
What Tech Companies Are Doing Wrong With Extremists


It is starting to worry me how little the responses by tech firms will do to fix the problem of extreme views instead of just driving them underground. A good deal of the reason for this is the excessive focus firms now have on how they are run. Companies tend to be run tactically, with officials more likely to make decisions that will seem to make a problem go away within a quarter but that do not deal with the cause of the problem. For instance, stock buyback programs do push up stock prices -- but they do nothing to increase company value.

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10:42
Walmart may use a blimp to deploy its delivery drones

Hey, Amazon: you aren't the only one who pictures blimps full of delivery drones. Walmart has applied for a patent on "gas-filled carrier aircrafts" that would serve as airborne bases, helping courier drones fly to homes they couldn't reach if they...

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10:37
More Details on iPhone 8 Facial Recognition Emerge

We already suspect the iPhone 8 facial recognition system will use infrared, but now we have reason to believe it’ll be lightning fast, too.


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10:35
Longtime label holdout Drag City puts catalog on...




Independent label Drag City has added most of its back catalog to Apple Music, reversing a previous stance calling for better artist compensation.

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10:35
News: Promise Technology releases Apollo Cloud 2 Duo...

For those who enjoy the benefits of the cloud but are more than a little wary of trusting their data to third-parties, Promise Technology has released the Apollo cloud storage device to combine the benefits of the cloud combined with keeping data safely inside the home. The Apollo Cloud 2 Duo provides 8TB of space split between two surveillance-class hard drives that can be accessed remotely with a dedicated app, all with no subscription fees. Up…

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10:19
Watch Google’s Android O event right here at 2:40PM...

During today's solar eclipse, Google will be unveiling its latest OS, Android O. The release event and livestream will begin at 2:40 PM Eastern. "Watch the solar eclipse unveil the Android O superhero. Trust us, it'll be extra sweet," said Google.

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10:16
‘Star Wars Battlefront II' space skirmishes put...

Star Wars: Battlefront II may have a single-player mode -- a first for the series -- but that doesn't mean multiplayer is taking a back seat. Electronic Arts showed off the large-scale, multiplayer Starfighter Assault mode for the first time in a liv...

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10:04
Apple Releases iOS 11 Developer Beta 7 (15A5362a)

The update is available for developers with compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models.


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10:04
Brawl in the post-apocalypse in the next '...

We're currently enjoying Overwatch's summer event (including our favorite addition, the grilldad Soldier 76 skin) and looking forward to the recently-announced deathmatch modes coming to the game. In other words, we weren't expecting much during Game...

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10:03
Apple Seeds macOS High Sierra Developer Beta 7 Build...

Monday’s release continues an accelerated release cycle, as the last round of developer betas hit just one week ago.


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10:02
Apple makes seventh developer betas of macOS High...




Keeping up with the one per week cycle, apple has updated three of its developer betas, with seventh releases of iOS 11, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, and tvOS 11.

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10:02
Apple Seeds tvOS 11 Developer Beta 7 (15J5369a)

Along with iOS 11 beta 7, macOS High Sierra beta 7, and watchOS 4 beta 7, Apple released tvOS 11 developer beta 7 (XX) on Monday.


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10:00
'The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs' promises...

In the close-to-three years since its release on PC, The Sims 4 has broken down gender barriers, freed itself from the shackles of the suburbs, and even found time to cater to Mac and console gamers. But, there's been something amiss from the lives o...

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09:56
Apple releases macOS High Sierra developer beta 7

Apple has released macOS High Sierra beta 7 for developer testing. macOS High Sierra includes the new Apple File System, HEVC video playback, Metal 2, Photos and Safari upgrades, and more.

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09:56
tvOS 11 developer beta 7 rolling out for the Apple...

Apple is rolling out the seventh tvOS 11 developer beta for testing on the fourth-gen Apple TV. tvOS 11 brings Home screen sync, automatic dark and light mode, full AirPods support, AirPlay 2 and more.

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09:53
Apple’s Potential Movie Deal and Ways to Avoid Scam...

Jeff Butts and John Martellaro join Dave Hamilton to talk about Apple’s potential deal for first-run movies in-the-home, as well as ways to avoid getting scammed by fake calls from Apple support.


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09:47
Apple releases iOS 11 developer beta 7

Once again after just a week since the last developer beta, Apple has released the seventh developer beta preview. iOS 11 brings new features like drag-and-drop and a redesigned multitasking interface for iPad, a new customizable Control Center, and much more.

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09:46
Intel launches 8th-gen i5/i7 processors, could bring...

Intel has today launched its 8th generation of U-Series Core Processors that could find their way into Apple’s future MacBooks. These newest chips will provide up to a 40% boost in computing productivity and more for laptops and 2-in-1 devices.

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09:46
Celebrate 10 years of 'BioShock' with a $...

It's hard to believe, but as of today, the extremely influential BioShock is ten years old. To commemorate the art-deco shooter's birthday, publisher 2K will release a fancy commemorative edition of the claustrophobic, undersea morality tale on Novem...

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09:45
Apple AI expert, Tom Gruber explains Siri’s ‘...

Apple’s AI expert, Tom Gruber, delivered a TED talk back in April extolling the benefits that AI may provide for us in the years to come. The video of the onstage presentation has now been released and gives us a better glimpse into the future Gruber imagines. His presentation focuses on what he calls “humanistic AI”, the belief that when machines get smarter, so will we.

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09:38
Don’t fall for this ‘hacked iCloud’ scam

Don’t fall for this scam: con artists are calling people across the U.S. and Canada and claiming that their iCloud accounts have been hacked. As noted by the Herald-Dispatch, BBB Scam Tracker has received numerous reports of this scam in the past few weeks, and some targets say they've gotten 10 or more calls a day.

Here's how it works: You get a robocall claiming to be from Apple Support. Your Caller ID may say "Apple Inc." or the name of your local Apple store. The message informs you that your iCloud account was hacked and prompts you to stay on the line and speak to an Apple support “technician” who will offer to fix your account. To do so, they need remote access to your computer. If you give it to them, there’s a risk of identity theft. What’s more, as noted by the Herald-Dispatch, scam...

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09:34
Last Minute Tips for Taking Eclipse Photos With Your...

Once the moon is completely between the earth and sun, you’ll only have about 2.5 minutes or less to take a photograph. If you have a tripod, go ahead and use it.


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09:33
iTunes U Collections migrating to Apple Podcasts app...




Apple is preparing to migrate iTunes U Collections from the iTunes U app to Apple Podcasts, with a warning to educational institutions advising the change will take place in September as part of the release of iTunes 12.7.

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09:30
Sudden Strike 4 game blasts onto the Mac

Kalypso Media has released Sudden Strike 4, a World Ware II strategy title for macOS. It sends you off on three extensive campaigns set amongst the battlefields of the second World War.

Commanding the British and American, German or Soviet armies, you will lead over 100 different units into battle, including the German Heinkel He111 bomber, the Russian T-34 tank, the British Hawker Typhoon fighter plane and even the notorious German Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger. In a first for the Sudden Strike series, you can now choose from one of nine individual commanders, such as George Patton or Bernard Montgomery, whose unique military doctrines unlock valuable command and combat abilities for your troops. 

You’re tasked to prove your tactical expertise in over 20 single player scenarios, the challenge-focused skirmish mode, and the competitive multiplayer mode. A reward system awards the player for clever play with skill points and bonus unlockable content.

Sudden Strike 4...

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09:30
One week with Google Assistant

I had been in a years-long relationship with Siri when my affair with the Google Assistant began. It started innocently enough. Assistant made me laugh with some silly jokes, and we played a cute game she made in the Allo chat app called "Emoji Movie...

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09:28
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13-inch MacBook Air $790,...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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09:21
Apple Pay is the most tried and most used mobile...

The percentage of global point of sale transactions occurring through contactless payments — accounted for about 15% of transactions this year — will grow to 53% within five years, according to a new POS [point-of-sale] study from Juniper Research. What’s more, according to research by Pymnts , which covers the payments and commerce markets, Apple Pay had the highest usage rate among those who could use contactless payment for a transaction. 

Walmart Pay has second highest at 5.1%, and Samsung Pay is third at 3.3%. Android Pay lowest usage at 1.8%; higher than in the previous quarter but still a very low usage.

Though Apple Pay has gotten an increase in usage this quarter at 5.5%, it’s still below its peak in March 2015, according to Pymnts. The research group...

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09:14
AT&T's latest tablet is basically a vehicle...

AT&T would really, really like you to try DirecTV Now. So much so, in fact, that it's releasing a tablet where its streaming video services are the centerpiece. The Primetime is a mostly unremarkable 10-inch LTE slate in terms of hardware (more o...

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09:00
Google Home's Bluetooth audio feature is...

Google has opened up its Home smart speaker in a big way. Today the search giant has added Bluetooth audio to the device for everyone, after teasing it back at I/O in May and slowly rolling out to select users after that. This is perfect if your app...

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08:53
Apple Pay likely to get boost from Visa &...




Apple Pay should get a major lift within the next five years from a pair of factors, according to new research, most notably contactless support demanded by credit card giants Visa and Mastercard.

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08:39
Apple I Originally Gifted by the Two Steves Going Up...

Another Apple I computer is going up for auction, according to BusinessInsider (via 9to5Mac). This one was gifted to its original owner—Adam Schoolsky—by his friends Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. It also includes an Apple I cassette interface card, a drawing from Apple cofounder Ron Wayne, and a prank flier made by Messrs. Schoolsky and Wozniak for the 1977 West Coast Computer Faire. All of those things makes this auction a little special from other Apple I auctions, but it will also be a charity auction by CharityBuzz, the folks who auction off those coffee dates with Apple execs. Proceeds benefit FAIRS, a nonprofit that develops amateur and emergency radio services in developing countries. CharityBuzz hasn’t listed the auction yet....

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08:38
Any Tesla will soon pull your personal settings from...

There aren't a lot of formalities for new Tesla feature launches -- if CEO Elon Musk decides to tweet something then it's coming, and probably soon. A case in point is new cloud-based driver profiles. "We are going to move all info and settings to th...

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08:23
Interview from 1988 about the Macintosh Portable...




A clip from a local news program discussing the then-unreleased Macintosh Portable has been unearthed and uploaded to YouTube, with the news item from 29 years ago serving as a reminder that Apple leaks are certainly not a new phenomenon, and are largely easier to spread now than ever before.

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08:19
A live-action reboot of ‘The Jetsons’ is headed to...

The Jetson family is coming back to television. ABC has ordered a put pilot for a live-action reboot of the animated series, Variety reports. The show is said to be a multi-cam sitcom set 100 years in the future and the project is being executive pro...

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08:17
How to save both Optimized and Original iCloud...

Listener Dan has wants to store optimized version of his iCloud Photos on his MacBook Pro’s internal drive, and full-sized originals on his external drive. An interesting dilemma, for sure! In this week’s Mac Geek Gab Highlight, Dave and John talk through the solution for this one. Listen, learn, and enjoy!


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08:16
News: New details from Aetna meeting show concerns...

Mandi Bishop, now running a startup called Lifely Insights after running Dell’s health analytics section, said Apple was very focused on privacy at the previously reported meeting between the company, Aetna and other health influences, CNBC reports. Aetna employees asked about how data sharing with outside vendors would be handled and if it would be possible to extract measurements like heart rate and other vitals to be store in a personal health…

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08:04
Deals: 12" MacBooks for $999 ($300 off); 27...




Kicking off this solar eclipse Monday, Amazon is knocking $300 off Apple's 2016 12" MacBook, bringing the price down to $999. An upgraded Apple refurbished 27" iMac 5K is also $1,199 with no tax outside NY. Meanwhile, Late 2016 13" Touch Bars are $300 off instantly with no tax in 48 states.

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08:00
Scientists recreate Neptune's diamond rain...

While we've yet to fully explore Neptune and its fellow gas giants, scientists have a lot of theories about them based on the info we know. For instance, they believe that it rains diamonds on those planets -- diamonds that sink into their interior a...

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07:54
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 21...

Notable software releases this week include CleanMyMac 3.8.6, Alfred 3.4.1, Mactracker 7.6.6, Bookends 12.8.3, and Microsoft Office 2016 15.37.

 

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07:54
ExtraBITS for 21 August 2017

In ExtraBITS this week, Apple CEO Tim Cook commented on the violent demonstrations that took place in Charlottesville, Apple is investing heavily in video content, and a botched firmware update has disabled many LockState smart locks.

 

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07:50
PSA: Scam Phone Call Claims to Be from ‘Apple...

People are being telephoned by scammers claiming to be from “Apple Support,” “Apple Inc.,” or a local Apple Store.


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07:44
Minus Touch ID, Apple's 'iPhone 8'...




The "iPhone 8" may finally enter full-scale production in the "third week of September," an analyst claimed on Monday, reinforcing predictions that the device will be available in limited numbers that month -- but will likely not have Touch ID embedded in the display.

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07:41
News: iOS 11 introduces way to prevent Touch ID from...

Those testing the iOS 11 public beta have discovered pressing an iPhone or iPad’s lock button five time or opening a Medical ID now disables Touch ID and forces a user to enter their passcode to unlock the device. A source told 9to5Mac that the behavior is intentional, claiming it’s aimed at protecting people who have fallen unconscious from having their fingerprint used to access their private information. However Apple ends up presenting…

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07:41
Formula One's eSports racing league seeks the...

Traditional sports squads and eSports teams partnering has been happening pretty frequently recently. But now we're seeing it happen in a big way with motorsports. Specifically, Formula One is pairing with developer Codemasters and Gfinity to find th...

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07:40
Apple Looks For Exceptional Engineer With a Secret...

An anonymous reader writes: A hidden Apple website that hosts a job description and invitation to apply for an important position has recently been discovered. The posting describes a role that should be filled by a "talented engineer" who will develop a critical infrastructure component for the company's ecosystem. Discovered late yesterday by ZDNet's Zach Whittaker, the secret posting was found at us-west-1.blobstore.apple.com (now pulled). The posting stated how critical the role is, the scale of the work, key qualifications, and a description of the type of employee Apple is looking for. In the "How Critical?" section Apple says that the engineer will be working on developing infrastructure that will deal with millions of drives, tens of thousands of servers, and Exabytes of data.


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07:30
∞ The last total US solar eclipse, in 1979, as...

Lots to love about this fantastic video. There’s the solar eclipse itself, of course, , but there’s also a chance to see the great Walter Cronkite at work. I love the reference to 2017 as the next total eclipse. Seems impossibly far off.

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07:20
'Final Fantasy XV' coming to PC early next...

Square Enix has milked Final Fantasy XV, offering not only PS4 and Xbox One console versions, but also a (bad) free mobile game, branded Sony Walkman and even a cookbook. What it doesn't have yet, surprisingly, is a Windows version of the game, but t...

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07:19
How to shoot the Aug. 21 solar eclipse on an iPhone
07:17
Big Ben to go silent today, MPs gather to hear final...

The Guardian:

MPs are expected to gather outside parliament to witness Big Ben’s final bongs at midday on Monday before the chimes are silenced to allow repair work to begin, amid a political furore about the four-year renovation project.

From the Big Ben Wikipedia page:

Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London and is usually extended to refer to both the clock and the clock tower as well. The tower is officially known as Elizabeth Tower, renamed to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 2012; previously, it was known simply as the Clock Tower.

When completed in 1859, it was, says clockmaker Ian Westworth, “the prince of timekeepers: the biggest, most accurate four-faced striking and chiming clock in the world.” The tower had its 150th anniversary on 31 May 2009, during which celebratory events took place....

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07:09
∞ Latest iOS beta offers quick way to force passcode...

When you restart your iPhone, you are forced to reenter your passcode to unlock your phone. If your phone is off, this prevents anyone with access to your phone from breaking in.

But with the latest beta (iOS 11 beta 6), Apple added this shortcut:

iOS 11 is a game-changer for Touch ID. Press power button rapidly 5 times and it opens the 2nd screen, but it also forces passphrase entry! pic.twitter.com/uvWbM04lyk

— Kia‏☆ (@alt_kia) August 17, 2017

In a nutshell, if you press the power button 5 times quickly, you are sent to the emergency call screen (as you were in previous incarnations). But in the latest beta, Touch ID will no longer unlock your phone, forcing you to reenter the passcode to regain access.

This is a smart add. You can make this move silently, even with the phone in your pocket.

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07:09
News: Report: iPhone 8 facial recognition unlocks in...

The iPhone 8’s facial recognition sensors “can deeply sense a user’s face in the millionths of a second,” The Korea Herald reports. The source claims 3D sensors will be integrated in both the front and rear cameras to provide augmented reality experiences in real time, but provided scant information on how they would work. In an effort to answer that question, The Wall Street Journal points to Apple’s 2013 acquisition of…

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07:05
Intel details 8th-generation Core i7, i5 processors...




Intel launched its 8th-generation processors on Monday, starting with the with the new 'U-series' chips for notebooks boasting a 40 percent performance boost compared to the previous generation, though while this series is suitable for use in MacBooks and the dual-core MacBook Pro, it won't help provide users with a 32GB memory option.

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07:01
Hollywood, Apple said to mull rental plan, defying...

Bloomberg:

Movie studios are considering whether to ignore the objections of cinema chains and forge ahead with a plan to offer digital rentals of films mere weeks after they appear in theaters, according to people familiar with the matter.

Some of the biggest proponents, including Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures, are pressing on in talks with Apple Inc. and Comcast Corp. on ways to push ahead with the project even without theater chains, the people said.

And:

Deals with potential distributors such as Apple and Comcast could be reached as soon as early next year to sell digital downloads of major films as soon as two weeks after they debut in theaters, the people said.

This seems inevitable, part of the evolution of the content consumption model. Apple is easing into this business on several sides, tweaking their iTunes movie and TV streaming business, as they also build their own content creation business.

I see Apple as the...

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07:00
The solar eclipse hype is annoying, but the event is...

By now, it's possible that you are completely fatigued by the August 21st total solar eclipse and all the media hype surrounding it -- and it hasn't even happened yet. It seems as though every outlet is talking nonstop about this event. But this actu...

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06:54
Chipotle’s iPhone app to accept Apple Pay

PR Newswire:

Deloitte today announced that Chipotle Mexican Grill has selected Deloitte Digital to help transform its mobile customer experience. Deloitte Digital, the creative digital consultancy within Deloitte Consulting LLP, will redesign Chipotle’s iOS and Android ordering apps as part of Chipotle’s focus on digital ordering and enhancing the customer experience. Chipotle plans to launch the new apps in the fall of 2017, with additional channels by the end of the year.

And:

The redesigned mobile experience will also include enhanced payment options including Apple and Android pay.

Whether or not you are a fan of Chipotle, this is a sign of the continued expansion of Apple Pay. Slow and steady.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:53
Two factors will help Apple Pay grow thru 2022,...

A research report into the Point of Sale industry has predicted that two factors will greatly assist the growth of Apple Pay and other mobile payment services.

The first is the requirement by both VISA and MasterCard that all payment terminals across many major markets must support contactless payment by 2020 …

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06:51
That Time Apple Hid This Job Posting Deep in Its...

If you wanted the job, your interview began before you ever applied.


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06:40
UK says online hate crime is as serious as offline...

The UK's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) today laid out a renewed commitment to tackling hate crime, including making sure that online offences are being dealt with appropriately. In its public statements, the CPS affirmed that cases of digital hate...

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06:30
Kickstarter commemorates Voyager with projects...

Forty years ago, the two Voyager probes were launched and to honor the anniversary, Kickstarter has created Projects of Earth -- a group of campaigns inspired by the Voyager's Golden Record that offer "unique perspectives on humanity, culture and lif...

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06:20
How to watch today’s total solar eclipse on your...

If you’re lucky enough to be in the path of today’s total solar eclipse, or close enough to get there, we gave a few tips last week on how to photograph it with your iPhone. But if you’re not, you can still get to experience it live via one of the many online feeds available …

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06:20
Photos show alleged display assembly, flex cables...




Images published over the weekend are claimed to show an assortment of parts for Apple's "iPhone 8," including a display assembly, a Lightning connector, and associated flex cables.

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06:15
Apple-Andrea Electronics trial to begin today

The trial for Andrea Electronics, which sells PureAudio Pro Recorder and Live Recorder apps for iOS devices, and Apple is slated to begin at the U.S. International Trade Commission today. The former company is suing the tech giant on five counts of patent infringement relating to noise cancellation technology.

Andrea Electronics claims that "infringing products made and sold by Apple, include but are not limited to, desktop computers, all-in-one computers, notebook/laptop computers, tablets, smart phones, headsets, headphones, earbuds, and wearables, are widely advertised. The company makes product solutions that “optimize the performance of voice driven applications such as Speech Recognition, VoIP, Video Conferencing, Computer Gaming, In-Car Computing and Mobile Recording among others.”

According to commission filings, Apple filed motions to stop the trial from going forward, but the Administrative Law...

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06:15
Happy Eclipse Day!

Good morning, campers! Yours truly is currently at the Jackson Golf & Tennis Club in Jackson, Wyoming with my lovely spouse, for the eclipse. Depending on the amount of bandwidth available, I hope to dazzle your eyes with a VR video of the time just around totality and a time-lapse of the the Grand Teton Range before, during and after the event.

Be sure to underline the that statement -- "depending on the amount of bandwidth available". The VR video will be around 3GB in size, while the time-lapse has a much better chance of making it out first.

It pays to plan ahead; we decided to go from Denver to Steamboat Springs, CO our first day, Steamboat Springs to Rock Springs, WY the second day, and up to Jackson, WY yesterday. As opposed to the horrible forecasts of traffic jams, we cruised right on up with no issues.

Wear your eclipse glasses (except during totality if you're in that zone), keep your eyes open on what is going on around you (with shadows,...

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06:14
Scientists find a much faster way to classify our...

Researchers have created a new technique for identifying cell types much quicker than ever before, a finding that could improve disease diagnoses and treatments. While there are many types of cells in our bodies (red blood cells, spindle neurons, etc...

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06:00
1Voice Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones: $22.99

We have a deal for you on a pair of 1Voice Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones. They have up to 5 hours of playtime, and they’re $22.99 through us.


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06:00
Creaceed's Prizmo 3 Scanning App for Mac: 40%...

Scanning software is great, but it's worthless if you can't actually search or edit the text that's on a scanned document. That's where optical character recognition (OCR) comes in, and for years one of the best solutions out there for Mac has been Prizmo from Creaceed. This week in the Apple World Today Deals Shop we have Prizmo 3 on sale at 40% off -- that's just $29.99 for the Standard package and $39.99 (actually 46% off list price) for the Pro version.

Prizmo can control many scanners, or grab documents you've scanned with your iPhone or camera. 

  • Use the powerful image editor to enhance pictures
  • Scan several pages & export as a single file
  • Use the OCR engine to move or reshape a portion...
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06:00
News: Daily Deal: 1Voice Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones

For Monday’s iLounge Deal, you can pick up the 1Voice Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones for only $22.99 — that’s 76% off the regular price. These on-ear Bluetooth headphones provide up to five hours of listening time, and a built-in mic that allows you to answer calls hands-free and on-the-go, along with built-in track and volume controls.

Get the 1Voice Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones now for only $22.99...

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06:00
Engadget is testing all the major AI assistants

Hardly a day goes by that we don't cover virtual assistants. If it's not news about Siri, there's some new development with Alexa, or Cortana or Google Assistant. Perhaps a new player, like Samsung, is wading into the space. Even Android creator Andy...

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06:00
Blast boats out of the water in Rovio's raucous...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money).

Rovio is best known for Angry Birds, but that franchise falls deeper into irrelevance with each passing entry. The latest, Angry Birds Evolution, is an almost impressively misguided attempt to give the brand a gritty makeover… because what’s been missing from the pull-and-fling franchise is surely a harder edge and 100-plus new characters, right?

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05:51
Apple accepting donations for the Southern Poverty...

Apple is now accepting donations to the Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based non-profit organization.

iTunes users in the U.S. can donate $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, or $200 with a credit card tied to their account. Apple will transfer 100% of the proceeds to the SPLC, a U.S. non-profit organization monitoring the activities of domestic hate groups and other extremists.

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05:36
Barclays iPhone app update allows for payments to be...




Barclays has taken advantage of Siri integration to add the ability to pay people and business that have already paid in the past just using Siri.

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05:31
Elon Musk urges the UN to limit AI weapons

Elon Musk has signed his name alongside more than 100 others to ask the UN to regulate the use of autonomous weapons systems. The group of concerned engineers, many of whom are respected in the field of AI, is asking the global body to "protect civil...

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05:26
Another working Apple I being auctioned on...

Despite there being only a handful of Apple I computers still in working order, they do seem to come up for sale with surprising frequency. The latest one, due to be auctioned next month, has an interesting history and extras …

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05:15
Rumor: Case manufacturer Nodus cites lack of Touch...

Sometimes it’s the case and accessory designers that have the most information about an upcoming Apple product.

Accessory maker Nodus has finalized the case design for Apple’s next-gen iPhone. The overall design appears largely congruent with recent parts leaks and supposed insider information, featuring a nearly bezel-free full-face display with telltale sensor “notch.”

Interestingly, Nodus’ design seems to corroborate the findings in Apple’s HomePod firmware leak. Specifically, the “iPhone 8” software will include graphical assets like a split status bar to present the sensor “notch” as an integrated piece of the onscreen UI.

It’s also believed that Apple will likely do away with Touch ID in favor of more advanced biometric recognition technology. Apple is expected to debut a highly accurate facial recognition system based on depth-sensing camera equipment, functionality supported by code discovered in the recently leaked HomePod firmware.

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05:03
Watch the trailer for Amazon's answer to '...

Amazon Prime viewers in the US will soon be treated to the new anthology series Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams. As you may have guessed from its title, the show is based on the work of the illustrious sci-fi author, who continues to influence pop c...

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05:00
iOS 11 feature could allow iPhone Touch ID feature...

Over the years, Apple’s Touch ID technology has proven to be a legal gray area whenever law enforcement or border patrol asked you to hand over your iPhone.

A new feature may have surfaced in a beta of iOS 11 that essentially functions as a “cop button”, wherein the iPhone owner can set up a provision in the update allowing you to choose whether to keep TouchID on or not. Instead of relying on Touch ID, users could incorporate a long, complex password, thus locking out cops and anyone who doesn’t know the passphrase.

Currently, police can force you to use your fingerprint to unlock the phone, but they can’t force you to use your password — something that has been proven by law to be protected.

In the iOS 11 build, the user can push the power button rapidly five times and it will open a second screen, while also forcing anyone with the phone to use the longer passphrase to unlock it.

This process could prove useful in an emergency when an iPhone needs...

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05:00
Apple Leaks Go Back Almost 30 Years (Video)

Generally speaking, the only secrets Apple can keep any more are products developed and manufactured internally. Put another way, some software and the Mac Pro. But Apple has always leaked like a sieve. Enter this video from 1988 found and digitized by Fast Company. It’s a news broadcast from a local San Francisco television station interviewing David Bunnell, editor for a now-defunct publication called Macintosh Today. He went on to found PC Magazine, PC World, and Macworld, but back at Macintosh Today, he had just scooped Apple with a story about the not-yet announced Mac Portable (or Luggable, as it was nicknamed). His story was based on a 160-page document his magazine got its hands on. 160 pages! I suppose this is proof that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

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05:00
Apple wants your Mac and iPad to serve as your ‘...

Forget the “personal digital assistant” (that would be Apple’s Siri, of course). The tech giant wants your Mac to serve as your “lifestyle companion system.” The company has been granted a patent for “systems and methods for providing audio and visual cues via a portable electronic device.” 

Interestingly, when you think of a “portable electronic device,” you think of the iPhone. However, the images accompanying the patent clearly show a macOS type interface, as well as an iPad-looking device.

Whatever hardware is involved, Apple’s lifestyle companion system would provide a platform to conduct a user interview. Based on the user interview responses, the system would suggest activities, references, and/or plug-in modules. During performance of activities, the system can provide audio and/or visual cues related to the activities and collect data indicative of the user's performance. 

Based on the collected data, the system can dynamically adapt the user's goals...

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Roll to Win with Game of Dice’s new upda...
Joycity’s hit Game of Dice gets a big new update this week, introducing new maps, mechanics, and even costumes. The update sets players loose on an exciting new map, The Cursed Tower, that allows folks to use special Runes mid-match. If you feel... | Read more »
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