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Tuesday January 16

10:18
Apple releases fifth macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 beta 

Apple has released the fifth macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 beta for testing. The release comes one week after the fourth macOS 10.13.3 beta; Apple released the fifth beta versions of iOS and tvOS betas late last week.

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09:12
Apple's first South Korean store set to open in...




Missing rumored launch dates by a wide margin, Apple's first South Korean store now appears set to open in Seoul on Jan. 27.

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09:10
News: App Store download revenue set to overtake...

App Store downloads brought in $26.5 billion for developers in 2017, and Asymco’s Horace Dediu has unearthed some interesting stats about how that stacks up against other juggernauts of American business. If App Store downloads continue to increase at the same rate, the amount generated in 2018 will be more than the entire film industry combined, as well as more than the revenue taken in by the entire McDonald’s Corporation in 2016. In the…

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08:26
LG Innotek not expected to boost TrueDepth camera...




While Apple is likely to add Face ID to more products this year, LG Innotek's rumored TrueDepth supply expansion will only come into play in 2019, a report indicated on Tuesday.

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08:18
News: Chinese consumer group joins others demanding...

A Chinese consumer group has joined the growing list of private citizens and government entities demanding information about why and how Apple decided to slow down older iPhones without informing users, Reuters reports. Chinese state news agency Xinhua said the Shanghai Consumer Council has demanded a reply from Apple by Friday about how the company plans to rectify consumer complaints that their old iPhones became sluggish after the iOS 10.2.1 update.…

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08:02
US politicians pressure AT&T to cut ties with...




U.S. political figures are reportedly escalating their pressure on AT&T to distance itself from Chinese companies, including work on 5G standards with Huawei.

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08:00
A custom, hand-made gift for the Technology...

Josh Tidsbury, Apple:

I have the great honor of working as part of the Technology Evangelism group at Apple. Involvement in the annual WWDC conference is one of the key efforts by the team each year, and I was really taken by the conference this year. The developers I met were simply amazing, the team behind the conference immensely talented, and the conference branding and theme also spoke to me very deeply.

As someone who came into technology from the arts, and endeavors to bring the best of both disciplines into everything I do, it struck a chord in my heart.

And:

I wanted to create something of a keepsake for each of the other members of our team as a personal gift to each of them. I’ve always loved the aesthetic of the Apple Design Award, and wanted to create something of an homage to that design, but using my favourite material: wood.

Read the post, take a look at the pictures. What an amazingly thoughtful gift. So cool.

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08:00
The strange history of one of the internet’s first...

Most of us have seen and laughed at this grainy video but I had no idea it was staged.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:46
Apple improves U.S. device activations share...




Apple enjoyed a bumper quarter in the United States following the launch of the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X, according to a consumer research report into device activations, with activations of iPhones in the last quarter of 2017 up compared to both the previous quarter and the same quarter in 2016.

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07:35
China Labor Watch again cites Apple for poor Chinese...




Apple has come under fire again for working conditions in an iPhone and MacBook enclosure manufacturing facility, with workers allegedly undertrained, and lacking sufficient hazard protections.

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07:23
News: Apple makes deal to allow tipping to resume...

Apple has reached a deal with Tencent that will soon allow the tipping feature to be turned back on in WeChat, The Wall Street Journal reports. Direct payments to content creators were disabled in WeChat and other apps last year when Apple informed the app makers that it considered the payments equivalent to in-app purchases — which means Apple would be entitled to 30 percent of the revenue being sent. The companies objected, arguing that Apple…

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07:15
Google app uses machine learning to match your photo...

Here’s a link to the Google Arts & Culture app.

Once you install the app, launch it, then scroll down, just a bit, to the section with the white box that asks, “Is your portrait in a museum?”

Tap to get started, give Google access to your camera, take a selfie, then let the app do its thing. My sense is that the matching algorithm keys in on your hair, including any facial hair.

Interesting idea. Wondering what Google does with all the selfies it harvests.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:00
Candid backstage photos of Rock-n-Roll icons,...

These are some great backstage photos from some iconic artists. And their friends.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:59
Sales of smartwatches such as the Apple Watch to...

A new report by Juniper Research found that hybrid smartwatches such as Fossil Q and Nokia Steel, which appear to be analogue watches but integrate some smartwatch functionality, will make up over 50% of the smartwatches market in 2022. 

This means that nearly 80 million hybrid smartwatches will be shipped by 2022, up 460% from an estimated 14 million in 2017. However, digital display smartwatches, such as the Apple Watch and Fitbit Ionic, will increase by a more conservative 160%, according to the research group.

Juniper found that slower growth for digital display smartwatches has caused several manufacturers, like Motorola,...

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06:51
OSX/MaMi Malware Hijacks DNS, Takes Screenshots, More

here’s a new DNS highjacking malware for the Mac dubbed OSX/MaMi in the wild, and virus and malware checkers aren’t yet detecting.


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06:40
WhatsApp reportedly testing new method of catching...

WhatsApp appears to be testing a new method of catching spam and hoax messages, like the oft-circulated one claiming that a subscription is required for continued use of the service. Two elements have been spotted …

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06:13
Report: iPhone’s US activations up 10 points in Q4...

The latest CIRP data indicates that Apple increased its US iPhone activations ten points in the final quarter of the year, from a 29% share in the September quarter to a 39% share by December. More significantly, activations were up five points year-on-year, from 34% in Q4 2016 to 39% in the same quarter last year.

The popularity of the iPhone X and iPhone 8/Plus pushed Apple further ahead of Samsung …

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06:11
Apple-owned FileMaker launches ad campaign featuring...




Apple subsidiary FileMaker has released a new ad campaign touting the custom app development tool, with a video and website featuring cast members from 'The Office' in a mock documentary about a highly successful beet farm powered by a FileMaker-produced app.

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06:07
macOS: Using “Put Back” with Your Trashed Files

There’s a feature of the trash in macOS that’ll let you move items back where they came from with just a menu command or a keyboard shortcut, no dragging and dropping required! We’ve got the details in today’s Quick Tip.


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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Spiel Bluetooth Speaker System

For Tuesday’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering the Spiel Bluetooth Speaker System for only $55 — that’s 44% off the regular price. This affordable three-piece desktop speaker set features Bluetooth connectivity so you can set up a complete surround sound experience right on your desk, although the 100W audio output also means that it’s great for larger spaces too. The contemporary design fits in just about anywhere, and an included…

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05:46
Apple's WebKit team helps launch Speedometer 2....




In partnership with Chromium, Apple's WebKit team has released Speedometer 2.0, an updated benchmark for developers testing the performance of browser engines.

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05:21
Hospital reports Natural Cycles ‘contraceptive app’...

A Swedish hospital has filed a formal complaint about the ‘contraceptive app’ Natural Cycles after it was blamed for 37 unwanted pregnancies …

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04:30
The LifeProof Frē offers top-of-the-line protection...

Want top-of-the-line protection for your iPhone X? You need the $89.99 LifeProof Fre, which is water proof, dirt proof, snow proof, and shock proof.

In fact, the company is so confident of the durability of its case that LifeProof offers a a Total Water Protection Program for the iPhone and iPad to anyone who purchases a LifeProof case on its website. This optional program offers a one-time repair or replacement of the device for up to one full year if it sustains accidental water damage in a LifeProof case. 

However, you should note that it’s limited to one-time use and includes a nominal upfront fee and a service fee. It also requires the case be used in accordance with all of the provided instructions.

That said, the Frē is waterproof down to 6.6 feet for an hour and keeps a smartphone safe from droops up to 6.6 feet. A built-in screen protector...

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04:07
Twitter partially denies engineer claims that...

Twitter has partially denied claims made by engineers employed by the company that direct messages are read by hundreds of employees.

The claims were made in undercover footage shot by filmmaker James O’Keefe in a video for Project Veritas …

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04:00
How to start up in single-user mode or verbose mode...

If you're an advanced user who’s comfortable with UNIX, you can use single-user mode or verbose mode in macOS High Sierra to help isolate issues related to startup.

Verbose mode provides additional details as to what the computer is doing and what drivers and software it is loading during startup. This level of detail can be very helpful for troubleshooting problems with hardware or software, if errors are occurring during startup or after the operating system has loaded.

To start your Mac in single-user mode or verbose mode:

  • Hold down one of these key combinations on your keyboard immediately after pressing the power button to turn on your Mac, or immediately after your Mac begins to restart: Command-S for single-user mode or Command-V for verbose mode.
  • Continue holding the keys until you see white text on the screen.
  • If you're using FileVault, release the keys when you see the login window. Then log in to continue startup in single-...
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03:15
First Apple Park drone footage of 2018 shows central...

Apple Park is getting closer to completion.

In the latest installment of drone-based footage by videographer Duncan Sinfield, the company has apparently made progress on the site’s large central courtyard, employee fitness center and basketball courts, the Steve Jobs Theater, and more.

The first part of Sinfield’s new video focuses on the landscaping within Apple Park’s courtyard, which is still being finished up in the new year. Greenery now covers most of the space and surrounds the main water feature, which is complete. Landscaping has been a major part of the last few Apple Park drone videos, with most of the large equipment moved off of the campus since the majority of construction is now complete.

The new video also briefly shows the Steve Jobs Theater and the Apple Park Visitor Center. Viewers can see the main atrium as well as the outside dining terrace. Construction seems to be taking place between the Steve Jobs Theater and the main spaceship...

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03:00
Rumor: FoxConn to take on additional MacBook Pro...

It looks like Apple could be using assembly partner FoxConn for an increased production of its MacBook Pro notebooks.

A current rumor from the upstream supply chain states that while Apple may not be planning a major update to its MacBook Pro notebook line this year, Apple will be shifting a major portion of its MacBook orders to Foxconn in 2018, instead of providing the majority of its orders to Quanta Computer. Foxconn is apparently expected to start fulfilling the new orders with mass MacBook Pro shipments in the second quarter.

While it’s believed Foxconn will see more MacBook orders this year, it’s also believed that Quanta will continue to be Apple’s biggest supplier throughout 2018. DigiTimes’ research indicates that Quanta has shipped four times as many MacBooks as Foxconn over the last five years, with Quanta taking 79.5 percent of orders in 2017 compared to Foxconn’s 20.5 percent.

Foxconn is said to have increased its pursuit of additional MacBook...

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00:00
Apple-owned FileMaker debuts ad campaign starring ‘...

Earlier this month, we reported on what fans of The Office had originally believed to be a spin-off revival, noting that it actually looked like something involving Apple. Today, that project has officially been released in the form of an ad for Apple subsidiary FileMaker…

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Monday January 15

22:31
Danish police charge 1,000 people following Facebook...

Facebook is no stranger to notifying police when there's clear evidence of a crime, but its latest action has had consequences on a much larger scale than usual. Danish police have charged 1,004 young people (some under 18) after Facebook notified a...

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20:51
Quika promises free satellite internet for...

Facebook's plans for free satellite internet access may have run into some... setbacks, but another company is promising to make that ubiquitous data a practical reality. Quika, a company led by the chief of satellite provider Talia, is launching a...

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19:11
Democrats are just one vote shy of restoring net...

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer now says Democrats in the Senate are a single vote away from restoring net neutrality. According to the senator from New York, they now have a total of 50 votes for a Senate resolution of disapproval that would re...

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18:03
Try 'Battlefield 1' DLC maps and more...

Last year, EA's Battlefield 1 received a ton of new expansions, including "They Shall Not Pass," "In the Name of the Tsar" and "Turning Tides." The new maps and story missions featured French and Russian battles, amphibious warfare and some of the mo...

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17:28
China adds to government pressure on Apple over...




Apple is facing yet another government-backed inquiry into revelations of deliberate iPhone performance throttling, as the Shanghai Consumer Council reportedly sought answers on Monday.

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17:25
10 Years of the MacBook Air

Ten years ago today, Steve Jobs introduced the MacBook Air. "Apple's Macworld 2008 was a special one, taking place just days after the annual Consumer Electronics Show had ended and Bill Gates bid farewell to Microsoft," The Verge recalls. "Jobs introduced the MacBook Air by removing it from a tiny paper office envelope, and the crowd was audibly shocked at just how small and thin it was..." From the report: At the time, rivals had thin and light laptops on the market, but they were all around an inch thick, weighed 3 pounds, and had 8- or 11-inch displays. Most didn't even have full-size keyboards, but Apple managed to create a MacBook Air with a wedge shape so that the thickest part was still thinner than the thinnest part of the Sony TZ Series -- one of the thinnest laptops back in 2008. It was a remarkable feat of engineering, and it signaled a new era for laptops. Apple ditched the CD drive and a range of ports on the thin MacBook Air, and the company introduced a multi-touch...

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17:23
Apple WebKit team releases Speedometer 2.0 for...

Back in 2014, the WebKit team at Apple released Speedometer, which it touted as “a benchmark for web app responsiveness.” Almost four years later, Apple today has announced Speedometer 2.0 with numerous improvements for developers…

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17:10
US continues to blacklist China’s eBay over...

Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba's counterfeit goods problem refuses to go away. Despite noting improvements on takedown efforts, the Office of the US Trade Representative has again blacklisted Alibaba's eBay-like Taobao shopping site.

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16:48
Chinese consumer group latest to ask Apple for...

Questioning into Apple over its iPhone slowdown announcement continues today. Reuters reports that a Chinese consumer group has asked the company for additional information regarding slowing down older iPhones, demanding an answer before this Friday…

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16:21
Managing Messages, Voice Assistants, APFS, and Quasi...

Messages are a huge part of our online life, and they don’t always work the way we expect or prefer. John and Dave start by answering some of those questions. Then it’s on to where you should – and shouldn’t – be using APFS. After that, the questions jump around a bit, including one about mesh vs. quasi-mesh. All this and more on Mac Geek Gab 692 today!


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16:08
Alibaba and Microsoft AI beat human scores on...

20 years ago, IBM's Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov in a game of chess and the practice of pitting human against computer continues to this day. Google's AI was the first to beat a Go champion a couple of years back (and it continues to teach itself ho...

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15:45
Weather Now, a Gorgeous, Informative Weather App for...

Weather Now presents information in an easy-to-digest way, and it looks great.


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15:41
Hyundai's new Veloster will make its debut in...

The new Hyundai Veloster just made its debut on the NAIAS 2018 show floor, but the first time we'll be able to drive one is in Forza Motorsport 7. Following a string of cars debuting in videogames (BMW M4 Coupe, Porsche 911 GT2 RS), the Veloster Turb...

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15:23
Apple, Tencent find "mutual understanding...




Chinese iPhone users will once again be allowed to send tips - the financial variety - through popular platform app WeChat thanks to a new agreement between Apple and WeChat's parent company.

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15:15
PSA: New macOS DNS hijacking malware discovered,...

Apple’s macOS is reportedly the target of a new DNS hijacking exploit. As noted by The Hacker News, the malware is being likened to the DNSChange trojan that affected over four million computers in 2011…

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15:14
006: Accidental missile alert, MacBook Air turns 10...

Welcome to 9to5Mac Daily, a new podcast bringing you the latest in Apple news and top 9to5Mac stories every Monday through Friday. Today we’ve got an accidental missile strike emergency alert sent to iPhones in Hawaii, the ten-year anniversary of Steve Jobs unveiling the first MacBook Air, and CarPlay coming to Toyota and more trucks this year.

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

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15:11
GAC's En Verge concept packs a digital dash and...

Chinese automaker GAC is making waves at the North American International Auto Show. "We want you to give us a chance to challenge ourselves," GAC group president Feng Xingya said from the stage, before unveiling GAC's first all-electric concept, the...

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14:52
∞ Macworld Expo SF 2008 – The MacBook Air Intro

Ten years ago today, I was in the audience when Jobs introduced the Air. I was skeptical at the time (the work I was doing “required” the power of a full-sized laptop. At the time, I was lugging around a 17″ MacBook Pro) but now I love my Air, especially when I travel.

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14:50
Apple’s WebKit Team Releases Speedometer 2.0 for...

This is a benchmarking suite designed to allow browser engineers to test their browser engines, and it’s part of Apple’s contribution to the broader WebKit community.


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14:36
Apple World Today News Update: January 15, 2018

2019 Toyota Avalon, which will support Apple CarPlay

Can you believe we're already half way through January? We have some stories today to warm your heart during the cold weather:

  • The Apple App Store has a huge economic impact and will be larger than worldwide movie ticket sales later this year
  • A change in India's complex sourcing and taxation requirements today might make it easier for Apple and other multinational firms to open stores in the country
  • Holdout Toyota announced that starting with the 2019 Avalon, it will start support Apple CarPlay

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

Text Version...

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14:21
TMO Background Mode Interview with Asst. Dir. of...

John Welch is the Assistant Director of Operations at the Northwest Regional Data Center at Florida State University. Over the last 30 years, he’s become an expert Mac IT administrator, using UNIX systems and the UNIX-based Mac to work with them. He’s worked for the military, major businesses and several universities such as MIT and FSU. John told me about the incredibly serendipitous events that led to each of his many IT jobs. In the second segment, we chatted about macOS server, Apple in the enterprise (Apple’s approach and strengths), and perspectives on the recent High Sierra root access security snafu in light of several other historical Mac events that he lived through. John also provided his insights about the new, amazing iMac Pro. His deep experience with Macs makes for great listening.


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14:08
CarPlay coming to more trucks including 2019 RAM...

Apple CarPlay is on display this week at the International Auto Show in Detroit, and Toyota isn’t the only company making news. 2019 model trucks, hybrids, and hatchbacks with CarPlay have all been announced.

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14:03
Steve Jobs unveiled the MacBook Air - and Apple...




When Steve Jobs showed off the MacBook Air to a collective gasp from the tech industry one decade ago, nobody could yet know its importance as a harbinger of Apple's future.

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14:03
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 15...

Notable software releases this week include Quicken 4.6.8, EagleFiler 1.8.2, and LaunchBar 6.9.4.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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14:03
ExtraBITS for 15 January 2018

In ExtraBITS this week, Apple is expanding iOS parental controls in response to investor pressure, and the first onscreen appearance of Mickey Mouse could soon be in the public domain.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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13:52
Have you replaced your iPhone battery or are you...

We’re coming up on a month since Apple shared that it slows down iPhones based on battery age and wear to prevent from unexpected shutdowns. Since Apple has dropped the price of battery replacements to $29, have you gotten yours swapped out? Let us know in the poll below if you think it was worth it, if you’re still trying to get it done, or otherwise.

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13:46
Happy 10th Birthday, MacBook Air

10 years ago today I was at Macworld Expo, where I got out of bed at about 3 AM in order to get a place in the line for a "Stevenote" -- a keynote presentation by then-Apple CEO Steve Jobs. At the event, Jobs used his usual flair for showmanship by pulling the incredibly thin MacBook Air out of an interoffice envelope. Here's a video of the reveal:

Today, the MacBook Air is the lowest-cost entry of Apple's notebook line, starting at $999. They're still popular, with even the 2010 models being able to run macOS High Sierra...and rather quickly, I might add. 

I was so excited by the reveal of the MacBook Air that I went back to my hotel room, plugged my trusty black MacBook into the Ethernet network, fired it up, and went to the Apple website to order one for myself. That MacBook Air served me well from 2007 to 2012, traveling all over the United States as my computer of choice as a trainer. 

The MacBook Air only comes in the 13-inch size these days, with the 11-...

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13:34
CES – Modpack Is a Battery Pack, But It’s Also a...

LAS VEGAS – Moduware demonstrated at CES its Modpack, portable battery pack that lets you build your own electronic utility device with replaceable modules.


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13:31
Chinese booster rocket nearly smashes into a small...

Space agencies prefer to launch near the sea or over empty land when given the choice, and China just got a reminder as to why. A booster from a Long March 3B rocket dropped and exploded near the small southwestern town of Xiangdu, roughly 435 miles...

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12:57
Apple offers ways to ‘Serve Your Community’ along...

In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Apple has shared a few editorials on the iOS App Store in addition to featuring a homepage photo and quote on its website. The top billed story is Serve Your Community, which looks to help users give back by highlighting several apps and services.

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12:51
Apple under fire from U.S.-based class action suit...




Apple has become the target for another class action suit over the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities found in Intel and ARM-based processors, as a suit filed in the California U.S. district court is going after the company for designing the A-series processors bearing these same defects.

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12:37
BlackBerry's 'Jarvis' finds security...

As cars become more reliant on software, it's critical for automakers to make sure their code is as secure as possible. It's somewhat surprising, though, for a company like BlackBerry to come out with a potential solution. At a keynote during the Nor...

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12:32
Tencent restoring WeChat tipping to creators after...

Apple and Tencent have reportedly reached an agreement that will allow customers in China to once again “tip” content creators using WeChat, according to The Wall Street Journal. Apple effectively blocked the feature last year when it demanded 30% of the revenue from donations.

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12:09
Review: Shinola Canfield Over-Ear Headphones

A few weeks ago, we reviewed the Shinola Canfield On-Ear Headphones and were extremely impressed with the company's high-quality debut into the headphone market. However, if you're like us, and prefer over-ear headphones to on-ear, you couldn't help but feel a little reservation. As luck would have it, Shinola sent us a sample of their Canfield Over-Ear fast enough that we can compare them side-by-side. We're happy to report that the Over-Ear has everything we liked about the On-Ear, just bigger: bigger pads, bigger drivers, bigger cushioning. {/exp:char_limit}

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12:08
App Store Revenue to Outpace Global Movie Industry...

If the App Store keeps growing like this, by 2019 the total iOS economy will be worth US$500 billion dollars.


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12:00
Algorithms transform Chicago scenes into trippy...

Office lobbies are prime spots for corporations to make statements about their values and taste, yet "lobby art" is usually a shorthand way of saying "insipid crap." However, an art installation studio called ESI Designs has given a Chicago office bu...

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11:32
Celebrate Martin Luther King Day With Civil Rights...

It’s the perfect time to get involved with your community, like volunteering, local events, or even peacefully protesting.


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11:31
US will reveal revised autonomous car guidelines...

We'll see the latest revised set of guidelines for autonomous vehicles this summer, US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has revealed at the annual Detroit auto show. According to Chao, her agency has been preparing for the arrival of autonomous v...

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11:28
Hyper’s combo 8-in-1 USB-C Hub + 7.5W Qi wireless...

First announced during CES, Hyper’s new combo 8-in-1 USB-C Hub for Mac with a built-in 7.5W Qi Wireless charger and stand for iPhone officially goes up for preorder today on Kickstarter.

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11:27
How to Find Your Art Doppelgänger with the Google...

Here’s how to use the Google Arts & Culture app to find your museum portrait doppelgänger.


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11:21
MacBook Pro Refresh Expectations, iPad Pro in...

Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at what may be in store for the MacBook Pro in 2018, plus they talk about Apple’s target audience for the iPad Pro and the tablet’s place in the educational market.


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11:08
∞ Jimmy Page tells the story of “Kashmir”

One of the best music documentaries I’ve ever seen is “It Might Get Loud” – Jimmy Page, Jack White, and The Edge just sitting around, talking about playing guitar – and this segment of Page talking about one of the most distinctive riffs in music is a great example of it.

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10:37
Toyota caves to pressure and adds CarPlay to new...

Many car manufacturers have joined the modern era by adopting Android Auto, Apple CarPlay or both, but not Toyota. It insisted on going its own way, and that has usually meant skipping its cars entirely if you cared about smartphone integration. Than...

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10:35
Apple honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This is the quote on Apple’s homepage:

“The time is always right to do what is right.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:35
iOS Deal: Today-Only Get OfficeSuite PRO for Free

MobiSystems, Inc. is offering their productivity app OfficeSuite PRO for free, but it’s a one-day deal. It has a file manager, document editor, spreadsheet editor, presentation editor and a PDF editor all in one app. You can use iCloud Drive, or connect to another cloud service like Google Drive, OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, or Box. The app recently offered support for iXpand drives, so you can take your documents on the go with you. OfficeSuite PRO is normally a US$14.99 app. Even if you use another productivity suite, it’s such a good deal that you can download and delete it so it will be in your purchased apps. Download it here.

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10:31
∞ Apple Park 2018 drone footage

Apple Park is just incredible.

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10:28
Apple’s iOS Security Guide

The updated document from Apple includes info on Face ID, apps, networks, Apple Pay, and much more.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:19
How to stop accidentally calling 911 and emergency...

When my phone is in my pocket, I tend to hold it like a gadget security blanket, and I sometimes end up squeezing the side buttons. This was never a problem until I got the iPhone X, which has some new features tied to those side buttons. More specifically, if you press and hold both the power button and a volume button for a few seconds, your phone will call 911 and/or your designated emergency contacts.

I’ve never done this, but a friend of mine had an iPhone X in a car phone mount and it slid down during the drive, pushing both buttons, and automatically called 911.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:11
Deals: 27" iMac 5K (512GB SSD) for $2,004; 13...




Mid-January deals have arrived with instant and coupon savings of up to $450 off iMacs and MacBook Pros. Pick up an upgraded 27" iMac 5K for $2,004 with coupon or snap up a 13" MacBook Pro for $1,199 with free expedited shipping and no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ. Apple's 10.5" iPad Pro is also $50 off.

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10:08
Inside one of America’s last pencil factories

Pencils are one of those things few of us give any thought to – or, for that matter, use much any more – but this glorious photo essay will definitely get you thinking about the “lowly” pencil.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:05
Apple Pay Progress: Gas pumps, ATMs, person-to-...

Apple Pay in the United States has gradually become more of a wallet replacement now more than ever. My experience with Apple’s mobile payment service has dramatically improved in the last year thanks to new features and greater adoption…

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10:00
Make-up brand taps AR to help you find the perfect...

Benefit Cosmetics is throwing people all over the world a high-tech lifeline before they drown in desperation over failing to find the right brows for their face shape. The make-up company has teamed up with digital makeover veteran Modiface to creat...

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09:56
What to Do If Your iPad Gets Disabled Through Too...

A built-in security feature can turn your iOS device into a paperweight if someone enters an incorrect passcode too many times. Here’s how to recover from that situation.

 

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09:40
New malware targets macOS DNS settings

A researcher has discovered a strain of malware in the wild that targets macOS users, reports ZDNet. The malware, dubbed MaMi, was first spotted by security researcher Patrick Wardle.

The researcher spotted a forum post on Malwarebytes in which a user said a colleague "accidentally installed something" and this led to DNS hijacking. Despite the user removing the DNS entries, the address changes, 82.163.143.172 and 82.163.142.174, remained persistent.

In a blog post, Wardle said that while infection methods remain a mystery, the malware is hosted on a number of domains. The researcher found it to be a "trivial" affair to decrypt the malware's configuration data and discovered MaMi also installs a certificate through the Keychain Access app, which would allow for Man-in-The-Middle...

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09:40
Utility that allows favicons in Safari’s tab bar...

Daniel Alm’s Faviconographer utility, a handy Safari-centric tool that allows favicons in the browser’s tab bar, has received its first update. Version 1.1 of Faviconographer brings several improvements and bug fixes to the table. more…

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09:39
News: Apple took meeting with AR component suppliers...

In another small move adding fuel to speculation about Apple’s augmented reality glasses project, the tech giant met with suppliers that produce the underlying technology to power the devices during CES, Bloomberg reports. Apple was among several larger tech companies that had discussions with suppliers, according to people familiar with the meetings. Apple is reportedly aiming to have the technology ready by 2019 ahead of a 2020 product release,…

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09:35
Vikings-Saints NFL game caused Apple Watch elevated...

Last night’s post season Vikings vs. Saints game was so thrilling and intense, many Apple Watch users received warnings about abnormally high heart rates, a potential precursor to a heart attack.

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09:35
Almost complete: Duncan Sinfield posts new drone...

Image by Duncan Sinfield

Since August 2015, Duncan Sinfield has been posting gorgeous drone video of Apple Park. From a pile of dirt to the completion of the gleaming circular headquarters building, Sinfield has done a wonderful job of documenting the construction of Apple Park. Over the weekend, Sinfield posted another upgrade of the nearly complete facility, and in this video it's apparent that most of the major construction equipment is now gone and that the work is just about done.

I have to admit that the Apple Park footage provided by both Sinfield and Matthew Roberts was the impetus for me to become a drone photographer/videographer. Thanks, guys!

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09:34
Apple reportedly frustrated with the delay in...

Apple has raised concerns about the delay in Ireland’s planning process in correspondence relating to the application for a data center in Athenry, Ireland, according to the Connacht Tribune. The tech giant has been seeking planning permission for an 850 million euro data center development in Athenry for almost three years.

Connacht Tribune says that briefing materials from September 2017 reveals that Apple had expressed concern about the “indeterminable nature” of the Irish planning process. Since the Cupertino, California-based company's application, an interdepartmental working group has been set up to examine the government’s approach to data centre developments.

Apple planned to start building the data center on a 500-acre site before the end of 2015. However, it was delayed when unhappy Irish citizens lodged formal...

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09:28
9to5Toys Lunch Break: AirPods + $30 Gift Card $159,...

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09:15
This Qi Wireless Charger Looks Like a Camera Lens: $...

Check out the Power Lens Qi Charging Pad. It’s designed in the shape of a short-barrelled camera lens for camera enthusiasts, and delivers 10 watts of wireless charging to your iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X. We have a deal on it for $29.99.


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09:15
Contraceptive app under fire for causing unwanted...

A contraceptive app used by more than 500,000 women has come under fire after reportedly causing 37 unwanted pregnancies. Stockholm's Södersjukhuset hospital has now reported the Natural Cycles app to the Swedish Medical Products Agency (the gov...

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09:05
News: India relaxes 30-percent local sourcing rules...

India has relaxed the rules that have been keeping Apple from opening Apple Stores, clearing the way for the company to expand into the country, The New York Times reports. Indian law requires that companies opening retail locations source at least 30 perfect of the materials in the product’s construction from within India, which poses a big problem for Apple since the company sources materials and assembles its products mainly from China. The…

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08:44
Solve Bufferbloat Problems with a DOCSIS 3.1 Modem

DOCSIS 3.1 modems bring more than just possible gigabit speeds, they also bring a solution to the Bufferbloat problem. Dave Hamilton answers Phil’s question about this and explains how and why.


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08:35
News: Apple mistakenly notifies US users of Chinese...

Apple sent an email notification to several users outside of China mistakenly informing them their iCloud data was being moved to a Chinese company’s servers, TechCrunch reports. Apple had previously announced its move to migrate user data in China to government-run servers to comply with local laws, but some US users reported receiving an email telling them their data was being moved to the Chinese data centers as well. Apple sent a followup…

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08:31
Nissan's Xmotion concept swaps key fobs for...

Infiniti's eye toward the future has manifested itself with the Xmotion (pronounced "Crossmotion;" it's a crossover SUV). The suicide-door clad ride boasts hand and eye motion and gesture sensors for the generous door-to-door digital dashboard, clima...

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08:20
Acura puts its 'True Touchpad' Android UI...

In 2016 Acura showed off its "Precision Cockpit" concept that included a touchpad with 1:1 mapping to a central display. It's supposed to improve on both touchscreens, which can require an awkward reach from the driver to somewhere out of their line...

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08:13
Apple's iPhone 7 Plus was second most-popular...




Analysis into the Chinese smartphone market reveals Apple continues to be a major force in the region, with both the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus appearing in a list of the top ten mobile devices sold in the country in 2017 alongside locally-produced rivals.

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08:00
News: Daily Deal: Power Lens Qi Charging Pad

Today in iLounge Deals, you can get the Power Lens Qi Charging Pad for only $29.99 — that’s 25% off the regular price. This wireless charging pad goes beyond the usual plain “coaster-style” look with a nice design twist for photography enthusiasts; it’s made in the shape of a short-barrelled camera lens, so it will look right at home among your photography gear. It packs in ten-watt charging capabilities for maximum-speed…

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08:00
The totally normal, completely unsurprising lack of...

There's a spot on the corner of Paradise Road and Sahara Avenue in Las Vegas where you can stand, facing the convention center, and see ads for Huawei, Hisense, Bosch and naked women. The tech-branded tents and billboards have now disappeared, soon r...

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07:59
News: Gracenote shows off app that integrates AM/FM...

Gracenote has showcased a potential solution to remedy Apple’s lack of CarPlay support for local radio that also makes stations from around the US available, CNET reports. Known for creating tagging information for digital music, Gracenote has now created an app that combines local AM/FM broadcast stations alongside radio streaming options, all of which can be accessed from within CarPlay instead of leaving Apple’s user interface to manage…

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07:57
Deal of the Day: Get an EmailThis Premium Lifetime...

Today's deal is perfect for those of you who love reading content on the web. But do you often find a fun post, bookmark it to future reading, then find it won't load correctly on another device? EmailThis is the answer, and we have a lifetime subscription to it for $29.99 -- that's 84% off the regular price.

Now when you find an article or web page that you want to read later, you can use EmailThis to turn those pages from any platform and any browser into PDF, DOCX, PPT or Excel files and send them to your email address for future reading. 

EmailThis strips out ads and anything that can cause issues with the formatting of a page on smartphones and tablets. All you see is clear...

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