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Thursday February 15

HP expands its DaaS service to support Apple devices

HP has expanded its Device as a Service (DaaS) to now offer Apple devices such as: iPhone, iPad, and Mac. It’s designed to provide a one-stop solution that combines Apple hardware and HP lifecycle services “to make your company more efficient, improve the employee experience, and free up IT resources.”

HP's staff will be providing the Apple device-as-a-service initially in North America, but the plan is to onboard channel partners "over the course of the next year," Park said.

HP, which has signed a reseller agreement with Apple, is looking to ensure that all of its functional capabilities are working right before bringing in partners, "and that's why you're seeing a little bit of a lag between what we're building and when we're exposing the partners," Michael Park, vice president and general...

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Worried about HomePod Leaving a Ring? Pad &...

Are you worried about HomePod leaving a ring on your table? Pad & Quill has a HomePod coaster for that. Talk about a timely product: complaints about HomePod leaving rings have arisen in the last couple of days. If that’s a serious concern for you, the Leather Coaster for HomePod may be just what you’re looking for. I am, in general, a huge fan of Pad & Quill’s products. They do leather and stitching right. This Coaster is made from full-grain leather with Marine Grade stitching. The bottom is an “ultra-soft leather backing because the only rings you should see in your home this season are of the Olympic variety on TV.” Timely, indeed. It’s $19.95, comes in Whiskey (lighter) and Chestnut (darker), and ships in 3-5 days.

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Apple updates its Shazam app/service

Apple has updated its Shazam app, the popular music recognition app that’s used by more than 100 million people each month to identify music, get song lyrics, and more. The company has added lyric syncing, better search results display, and a new track menu that provides access to the info the Shazam service offers.

Apple says that, with lyric-syncing, you’ll see a song’s lyrics in real time. Now when you “Shazam” a song, you’ll get the results and a photo of the artist behind it. For more info, simply tap on the artist photo.

Apple has introduced a new track-result menu that makes it easy to view song lyrics, artist videos, updates and more in a single tap. Or swipe. If you’re connected to Apple Music or Spotify, the “Add to” playlist now takes one less tap.

Apple acquired Shazam in December 2017. Since iOS 8, the app/service was integrated into Siri; it powers the ability to let Apple’s personal digital assistant songs that are playing aloud. Also, Shazam is...

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Feral Interactive Bringing Rise of the Tomb Raider...

Feral Interactive is bringing Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration to the Mac and Linux. Players will become Lara Croft, as she “seeks the lost city of Kitezh to recover the Divine Source, an ancient artifact with the power to grant immortality.” Like other titles in the franchise, players solve puzzles, avoid traps, and generally adventure through gorgeous maps. This game is being bundled with all the original downloadable content , including add-on adventures, different player modes, additional outfits for Lara Croft, and Expedition Cards. Pricing and availability haven’t been released, but Feral’s announcements tend to presage release by a few months. Screenshots for the game look amazing, as does the trailer, below.

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Apple renews ‘Carpool Karaoke: The Series ‘for a...

Apple has renewed Carpool Karaoke: The Series for a second season, CBS CEO Les Moonves announced this afternoon, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It’s available to Apple Music subscribers.

Based on the popular segment from The Late Late Show with James Corden, Carpool Karaoke: The Series is produced for Apple Music by CBS Television Studios and Fulwell 73. Corden and Ben Winston are the creators and executive producers, along with executive producer Eric Pankowski.

Celebrity pairings in season one included Will Smith and James Corden; Miley, Noah, Billy Ray and the entire Cyrus family; Shakira and Trevor Noah; Game of Thrones stars Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams; Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith; John Legend, Alicia Keys and Taraji P. Henson; LeBron James and James Corden; and more.

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160: The HomePod Review | 9to5Mac Happy Hour

This week Benjamin and Zac have a short chat about the new Apple HomePod. (Stay tuned for 9to5Mac’s official review later next week. This episode was also recorded before stain-gate, so thoughts on that next episode.)

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


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Apple to prep second season of 'Carpool Karaoke...

Apple has opted to renew "Carpool Karaoke" for a second season, according to CBS, which hosts "The Late Late Show with James Corden," from which "Carpool Karaoke" was spun off.

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Apple renews Carpool Karaoke spin-off for a second...

One of Apple’s first original content efforts was a spin-off of James Corden’s popular Carpool Karaoke segment from The Late Late Show on CBS. While early reviews and user response to the series were mixed, Apple has renewed its Carpool Karaoke spin-off for a second season…


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Apple World Today News Update: February 15, 2018

This Thursday afternoon we have a variety of short news items for your listening pleasure:

  • Apple will require developers to support the iPhone X starting in April 2018 for all new apps submitted to the App Store
  • One character in India's Telugu language is crashing message apps in iOS 11, and a fix is on the way soon
  • Getting an Apple HomePod? You might want to get a Pad & Quill HomePod Coaster first!
  • Google Maps for iOS receives a handy update that speeds access to many features
  • Facebook is entering the smart speaker market later this year

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...

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Shazam update brings real-time lyrics syncing,...

Popular music recognition service Shazam, which Apple announced it would be acquiring back in December, has today released a new version of its iOS app. The update brings Shazam to version 11.7 and includes interface tweaks and more.


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Shazam iPhone app updated, may herald future...

The Apple-owned Shazam service has updated its app for the first time since the aquisition, and has added lyric syncing in real-time to a played song, better search results display, and an all-new track menu providing access to all the information the service has.

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iOS: 8 Ways to Enhance Your Privacy & Security...

Apple provides several settings in iOS that enable better privacy and security in the Safari browser. John shows how to set these up.

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Apple says all new iPhone apps must support iOS 11...

Starting in April, developers submitting new titles to the iOS App Store will have no choice but to use the iOS 11 SDK -- and if they're supporting the iPhone, offer iPhone X display compatibility.

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How to Make a Freaking iPhone App with iOS 11 and...

I love the name of this new training course we’re offering through our deal site. It’s called “How to Make a Freaking iPhone App” and it’s designed around iOS 11 and Swift 4. You’ll get 24 hour per day access to 132 lectures and 16.5 hours of content. While the course retails for $200, we have it for $29. But, coupon code USA40 will get you another 40% off, for a total of $17.60.

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Accessory vendors start producing coasters, stands,...

In a similar fashion to Apple's other products, accessory producers have been quick to create products to enhance the user experience of the HomePod just days after launch, with the first to surface including a leather carrying case and a coaster designed to prevent marks left behind by the speaker's silicone base.

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How to AirPlay to two HomePods on iPhone & Mac (...

Though AirPlay 2 with support for multiple HomePods won't ship until later this year, there are ways to use multiple HomePods with your iPhone and Mac right now. AppleInsider shows you how to do it.

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Apple will require all new apps to natively support...

Apple has informed developers today that all new apps submitted to the App Store from April 2018 must support the iPhone X’s Super Retina display. This means developers of new apps must ensure they accommodate the notch and go edge-to-edge on the 5.8-inch OLED screen.

Apple has not set a deadline for when updates to existing apps must support iPhone X natively. From April, all new apps must also be built against the iOS 11 SDK.


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How to Use Siri to Set Alarms on HomePod

Siri can set one-time alarms and recurring alarms.

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Apple won't wait for iOS 11.3 to fix Indian...

While the fix for the Indian language character bug is in the iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4 betas, Apple is not waiting for them to issue an update, which will rectify the issue at least on iPhones and iPads.

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Apple confirms Telugu bug fix coming in next release...

Apple has confirmed via iMore that a fix for the Telugu message bug is coming soon on all of its major platforms.


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News: Apple to require all new iOS apps to support...

Apple has announced that all new apps submitted to the App Store after April 2018 will be required to support the iPhone X. In an e-mail sent to registered developers, the company heralded the new features that iOS 11 has brought to the iOS platform, adding that “Starting April 2018, all new iOS apps submitted to the App Store must be built with the iOS 11 SDK, included in Xcode 9 or later. All new apps for iPhone, including universal apps,…

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The iPhone takes 51% share of global smartphone...

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartphone revenues hit an all-time high of $120 billion during the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2017. Apple captured a record 51 percent global smartphone revenue share, accounting for more than the rest of the entire industry combined.

“The iPhone generated a huge $61 billion in the quarter, helped by solid demand for its premium X model, and Apple now accounts for more revenue than the rest of the entire global smartphone industry combined,” Neil Mawston, executive director at the research group, says. “Apple generated three times more smartphone revenue than nearest rival Samsung and 7 times more than Huawei. Apple iPhone’s average selling price is approaching US$800 and almost three times higher than the overall industry average. Apple iPhone is an incredible money-making machine.”

Linda Sui, director at Strategy Analytics, says Samsung grew...

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macOS: What is Purgeable Storage on Your Hard Drive?

What is purgeable storage, and is there a way to manually clear it out and reclaim storage space?

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What exactly is Curling?

We Canadians love our curling. It helps that we are a “world power” of the sport.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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A fully loaded $14,000 iMac Pro vs. a fully loaded $...

Bottom line? Bigger is not always better. But I still wish I had the scratch for either of those

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Pad & Quill introduces leather coaster to...

With a quick turnaround time, Pad & Quill is now offering a coaster for the HomePod, claiming “state of the art surface protection” for your wooden surfaces.


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Google Maps iOS update adds new bottom bar with real...

A new version of Google Maps for iOS is available and it brings a refreshed bottom bar with some handy functionality.


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Sonos One feet leaving same white marks on wood...

A day after a debacle began about the HomePod silicone ring on the base of the unit was causing a stain to appear on some wood surfaces, it looks that the Sonos One has a similar issue with its own vibration-insulating feet.

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iOS 11 Telugu Text Bug, the Mac’s Good Old Days of...

Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to explain the Telugu text bug in iOS 11, and they also look at what we’d miss out on if Apple took us back to the good old days of OS X Snow Leopard.

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HP expanding enterprise 'DaaS' support...

As part of an expansion of HP's "Device as a Service" program, the company is opening its support program to Apple devices in enterprise environments.

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Apple takes more than half of all smartphone...

Apple has taken more than half of the global smartphone revenues for Q4 of 2017 (Apple’s Q1 2018), according to Linda Sui of Strategy Analytics.


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9to5Toys Lunch Break: $250 off MacBook Air, 9.7″...

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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'An incredible money-making machine:'...

For the first time ever, Apple's iPhone captured more than half of all global smartphone revenues in a single quarter, outperforming the rest of the industry on the strength of the premium-priced iPhone X.

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J.D. Power: T-Mobile wins wireless purchase...

J.D. Power is out with its annual wireless purchase experience study and T-Mobile has topped the charts among the major carriers. J.D. Power also ranked non-contract and value carriers.


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YouTube TV Is a Fresh and Clean Alternative to Cable

Interested in ditching cable or satellite in favor of an Internet TV service? We’ve looked at DirecTV Now, Sling TV, and PlayStation Vue in the past, and Josh Centers now dives into Google’s YouTube TV service, which recently released a native Apple TV app, and comes away impressed.


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Rally Racers roars onto macOS

Rally Racers, a cartoon-based car racing game, is available on Steam for macOS and Windows for $11.99.

It’s a “crash and bash” car racing game where you pick up weapons, boosts and rockets to help you through your quest around seven worlds.

Performing stunts gives you power boost and earns you counts towards your awards. Collect oranges to upgrade your vehicles and unlock new characters and new cars. Compete in 21 different tracks against other AI racers and try to be the first to cross the line to collect gold cups and awards.

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News: New iOS 11 bug crashing iPhones when a special...

A bug in iOS 11.2.5 has been discovered that’s will crash the iPhone when a specific Indian-language character is received in a text message or e-mail, The Verge reports. Originally discovered by Italian blog

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Mac and iOS Bug Crashes Apps With a Single Indian-...

A lone Indian-language character is crashing a number of messaging apps on iOS, users are reporting. The problem also extends to the Apple Watch and even Macs, all of which struggle to process the character specific to the Telugu language spoken in India.


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Analyst: Apple’s ‘other products’ category poised to...

In a note to investors — as noted by AppleInsider — Guggenheim analyst Robert Cihra says Apple’s "other products” category is poised to become the company's fastest growing segment.

The segment includes the Apple Watch, HomePod, Apple Watch, Beats products, the iPod mini, and other products. Apple's "other products" brought in $11 billion in revenue in calendar year 2016. Cihra sees the number doubling by calendar year 2019 to $22 billion. He predicts sales will push the “other products” category to $19 billion, or 7% of Apple's total revenue. In addition, he sees it being Apple's fastest growing segment, posting 34% year-over-year improvement.

The analyst thinks Apple will ship 22 million Apple Watches this year, representing 26% year-over-year growth and earning $9.5 billion, or 3.6% of the...

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Indian Character Bug Crashes iPhones and Messaging...

There’s a new way to crash your iPhone and put some messaging apps into a perpetual crash loop in iOS 11. All it takes is a single Telugu (Indian language) character sent in a message.

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Indian language bug fixed in upcoming iOS 11.3,...

A bug that causes app and system crashing on iPhones, iPads, and Macs due to a specific letter in the Indian language Telugu has been fixed in Apple's upcoming iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4 software updates, reports MacRumors

Apple devices can’t render the Indian character, causing apps or the entire system to crash. If the character is sent in an iMessage, for example, the recipient's Messages app will crash when the conversation is opened. 

If the character is pasted into the Safari or Chrome address bar on Mac, the browsers crash. This behavior extends to virtually any system text field on iOS and macOS, resulting in many third-party apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger being affected as well, notes MacRumors

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Apple Watch, AirPods & HomePod, Apple's...

Fueled by a trio of new product categories, Apple's all-encompassing "other products" are poised to become the company's fastest growing segment, further fueled by the recent launch of HomePod.

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Guess what? Sonos One speakers also damage wood

Check the picture in this tweet:

Guess what? Sonos One speakers also damage wood.

— Caitlin McGarry (@Caitlin_McGarry) February 15, 2018

This, clearly, is the nature of the beast.

Seems to me, “damage” implies permanence. As far as I can tell, the rings left by HomePod, etc., are like smudges. A bit of mayo (or whatever cleaning miracle you use for your wood surfaces) and elbow grease, and it’s all cleaned up.

Or put something solid under the speaker to prevent the ring in the first place.

[H/T Jack Brewster]


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Reviewer discovers Sonos One also marks certain wood...

Yesterday it was discovered that HomePod can leave white rings on oiled wood finishes during normal use — something that is not obvious nor ideal. Apple responded by saying that it’s not unusual for ‘vibration-dampening silicone’ to react that way and recommended customers use HomePod on different surfaces. Now a new test has backed up that claim from Apple and highlighted another smart speaker that has a similar behavior…


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Facebook rumored to take on Apple HomePod with first...

Facebook is reportedly planning to launch not one but two smartspeakers by the end of July at the latest, joining the fray against Apple, Amazon, Google, and others.

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Need Your HomePod to Recalibrate its Sound for Your...

Let’s say you moved some stuff around on the shelf where your HomePod sits and now it doesn’t sound quite right. Give your HomePod a gentle shake to recalibrate.

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VW’s top designer says Apple’s approach will inspire...

Volkswagen’s design head Klaus Bischoff has said that the company is using Apple’s approach to guide future electric car designs beyond the I.D. concept seen above.

Bischoff said that there was a purity, clarity and significance to Apple’s designs …


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News: Daily Deal: PocketSmith Premium

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering a one-year subscription to PocketSmith Premium for only $49.95 — that’s 44% off the regular price. Designed to help you get more control over your budget and financial future, this handy tool recognizes that each person’s relationship with their money is unique, providing a comprehensive set of features that let you keep track of all of your bank, credit card, and loan accounts while…

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What is the Pizza Capital of the US?

Google Labs:

Using Google data, visualized by Google News Lab with design studio Polygraph, we can begin to quantify how these food trends vary across the country. Based on aggregated, anonymized, and differentially private data from users who have opted in to Google Location History, we ranked cities and counties by their most popular cuisine.

These maps are pretty interesting. Worth a scroll-through, even if you just look at the images.

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Study: Even Apple and Google engineers can’t really...


Engineers at five major SF-based tech companies would need to spend over the 28% threshold of their income to afford a monthly mortgage near their offices.


Apple engineers would have to pay an average of 33% of their monthly income for a mortgage near work. That’s the highest percentage of the companies analyzed, and home prices in Cupertino continue to skyrocket.

This housing market is a chaotic bubble. But it continues to inflate, money continues to pour in.

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How to See Your Heart Rate Recovery on the iPhone

Your Apple Watch tracks a metric called heart rate recovery for three minutes after your workouts end; with this, you can get a pretty good idea of your cardiovascular health. In today’s article, we’ll show you how to find that data on your iPhone!

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Apple’s new Augmented Reality page

Take a few minutes to scroll down this page, get a sense of the highlighted apps. A fascinating look at what’s already shipping. To me, this is the tip of the iceberg, and just the slightest taste of what’s coming down the pike.

Early, early days.

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Microsoft 'Photos Companion' iPhone app...

Seeing a need in education, Microsoft has developed an app to pull all the pictures off multiple iPhones and mobile devices and store them locally on a central Windows 10 machine.

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Why Prime Video and YouTube apps for Apple TV are so...

The Rajam Report highlights various reviews of the YouTube and Amazon Prime Video apps built for Apple TV. At the core are the complaints that the interface does not feel like a traditional Apple TV app, that they do not feel like they were written for Apple TV.

But why?

Take a look at this chart:

Those numbers are sales estimates. Pavan Rajam asks this question:

If you’re Amazon, Hulu, or YouTube, what incentive do you have to invest in a high quality tvOS app when it addresses a mere fraction of your overall TV user base?

Read the whole article. I do think Pavan has his finger on the pulse here.


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Facebook using 2FA cell numbers for spam, replies...

Facebook is reportedly spamming some users by text, using a cell number they provided only for use in two-factor authentication.

In common with many services, Facebook allows you to protect your account by requiring a code when you first login from a new device. That code is texted to a cell number you provide for the purpose – but a number of users have reported it being used without their permission for notifications about posts by friends …


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Latest iOS 11 bug crashes devices sent Indian-...

A bug in iOS 11 is causing devices sent a particular character in Messages to crash, and/or disabling some third-party messaging and email apps. [Updated with Mac and Apple Watch impact]

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TechInsights: Apple’s HomePod costs $216 to build

Mark Gurman, Bloomberg:

Apple Inc.’s HomePod, the company’s first foray into speakers in a decade, costs $216 to build and generates thinner profit margins than other products like the Apple Watch and iPhone, according to analysis by TechInsights.

Given the HomePod’s $349 price, that $216 cost suggests Apple is generating margins of about 38 percent, according to the product analysis firm. That compares with margins of 66 percent and 56 percent for the Google Home and Amazon Echo, products that compete in the smart-speaker market, but offer lower audio quality, according to the firm’s estimates.

Margin is complicated. Lots of analysis goes into setting prices and, thus, determining margin. But it does seem reasonable to assume this is Apple entering a somewhat crowded market, wanting to keep their pricing relatively low (compared to their cost) to help raise demand.

The bulk of the HomePod’s costs come from the internal speaker technology, including the...

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Apple patent is for a transparent screen that could...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 20180047320) for a “transparent electronic device” — the device being a display to be used for, among other things, augmented reality (AR) purposes on iPhones, iPads, and Macs.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that electronic devices increasingly include display screens as part of the user interface of the device. As these devices have become more popular, there has been an increase in demand for the type and amount of functionality that displays in these devices supply. Apple says there’s a need for displays that provide increased functionality to a user. 

What sort of functionality? A screen could have a viewing area with a transparent portion enabling a user to view objects behind the electronic device by looking at the display — in other words, an AR overlay.

According to the invention, the display may include one or more display screens as well as a flexible circuit for connecting the display screens with internal...

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The $350 HomePod costs $216 to build

According to new research from TechInsights, Apple spends $216 to build a $350 HomePod, so margins from the tech giant's wireless speaker are slimmer than, for instance, those for its iPhone line.

Apple is generating margins of about 38%, according to the product analysis firm. That compares with margins of 66% and 56% for the Google Home and Amazon Echo.

“Apple is compressing their margins a bit, wanting to go big or go home,” said Al Cowsky, TechInsight’s costing manager. “In doing so, I suspect they reduced the selling price from a normal Apple margin in order to sell more units on volume.”

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Berkshire Hathaway doubles down on Apple stock

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway increased its Apple holdings by 23.3% to 165.3 million shares, according to SEC filings. The multinational conglomerate company dumped about 94.%of its IBM holdings, leaving just 2.05 million shares.

Last year, Buffett that he was more sure about Apple's future than IBM’s. The conglomerate was already the fourth-largest Apple shareholder, according to FactSet.

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Petition calling for Snapchat to rollback redesign...

A petition calling on Snapchat to rollback its major redesign has now hit a million signatories, up from 600,000 in just a few days. A hoax tweet claiming that the company would abandon the design if retweeted 50,000 times has also attracted more than 1.5M retweets.

The redesign initially got a slow rollout, before being pushed to most users over the weekend, but it...

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How to Hard Reset HomePod without an iPhone

This will be important if you need to reset your HomePod without access to the Wi-Fi network it already knows, or if you need to set it up with a different iPhone or iPad.

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Twitter starting to livestream local news broadcasts...

Twitter is starting to livestream local TV coverage of breaking news in a window alongside the timeline. The new feature has been seen in coverage of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida …


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iOttie Easy Smart Tap 2 is a great mount (if you’ve...

By Chris Gannon

The iOttie Easy Smart Tap 2 is a wonderful mount for your tablet — if you have an iPad 3/4, iPad mini, or iPad Air. I’ve been using the $44.95 mount for some time now and have really come to appreciate the use I get out of it in our van.  

Going on long trips with little ones (and I have three!) can get pretty squirrelly. Sometimes the only thing you can really do is put something on the iPad, and let everyone chill out a little bit. However, nothing can be more frustrating that having an Apple tablet, but no way of making it stand up and stay in place.

I can’t tell you the amount of time it has taken me to get the iPad to sit up and be still while driving. My wife and I often grab anything we can find in the van to prop it up with: jackets, sippy cups, McDonald’s apple pies, etc.. Of course these don’t really work that well, and then it’s only a matter of time before someone...

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Receiving an Indian character crashes Messages and...

There have been a number of cases where sending a particular message to an iOS device causes the Messages app to crash, leaving users unable to re-open it – and a new one has emerged in iOS 11.

Sending a specific Telugu (Indian language) character to a device running iOS 11.2.5 causes the app to crash, and then fail to re-open. In some cases, it can require a DFU reset to fix it …


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How to control Apple Music playback on a HomePod

You can use the Apple Music app on your iOS device to control the sound volume, play what you want to hear, and add or remove songs from the Up Next queue on a HomePod.

  • To see what’s playing now (and next), open Apple Music, then tap the HomePod playback controls. If you don’t see the HomePod controls, on the Now Playing screen, tap the icon that looks like a pyramid with concentric circles behind it, then choose HomePod.
  • To choose what’s next, after choosing HomePod in the Apple Music app, tap Library, For You, Browse, Radio, or Search to find music to play. You can choose to play an item next or add it to the end of the Up Next queue.
  • To use the Control Center. Open it by, pressing (or touch and holding) Now Playing to expand it, then tap your HomePod.

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

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Apple confirms that HomePod may leave white rings on...

As nifty as the HomePod may be, it can possibly leave white rings on wood surfaces with an oil or wax finish.

The discovery was noted in reviews by Wirecutter and Pocket-lint as well as highlighted by VentureBeat, with at least one user sharing the problem on Twitter.

Pocket-lint’s Stuart Miles offered the following statement about the issue in his review:

“For our tests we placed the speaker on a solid oak kitchen worktop treated with Danish oil.

Within 20 minutes the HomePod had caused a white discoloured ring to appear on the wood that some days later has faded, although still hasn’t completely disappeared.

We subsequently tested the HomePod on other materials: the same wood that hadn’t been treated with Danish oil and a regular lacquered desk and haven’t seen the same issues.”

Apple has stated that it is “not unusual” for a speaker with a silicone base to leave a “mild mark” when placed on certain oiled or waxed surfaces,...

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Apple CEO Tim Cook offers explanation as to why...

You’ll apparently be able to see the gift shop of the new Apple Park campus, but that’s about it.

Answering a shareholder question as to whether shareholders would ever get a tour of Apple Park in the new Steve Jobs Theater, Apple CEO offered the following reply:

“Probably never. Because there are secrets inside the spaceship. The problem with opening up the main facility for tours is we have so much confidential stuff around. “It’s sort of the bane of my existence to hold things confidential now.”

Cook’s answer echoes a comment about the campus last year from Apple’s head designer, Jony Ive, who called it “our house.”

“We didn’t make Apple Park for other people,” Ive said. “So I think a lot of the criticisms … are utterly bizarre, because it wasn’t made for you. And I know how we work, and you don’t.”

To put a fine point on it, you’re not getting inside one of the Apple Park buildings without being an Apple employee with a badge.

If you...

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YouTube TV changes: Can TV streaming services learn...

YouTube TV couldn't refuse Turner channels, hiking prices to bring them on board.

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Wednesday February 14

‘sodes is a new podcast app aiming to simplify...

While a host of different podcast applications have long been available on the App Store, ‘sodes is a new take on podcast listening that aims to make things a bit simpler. The app is designed with the casual podcast listener in mind, with a focus on playing one episode of a show at a time…


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Estimates peg HomePod build cost at $216, Apple...

According to the latest research from TechInsights, Apple is shelling out $216 to build HomePod, meaning margins from the tech giant's first smart speaker are much slimmer than those of its flagship iPhone line.

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Another test finds HomePod frequency response flat,...

An acoustical analysis of Apple's HomePod published Wednesday found the speaker boasts a relatively flat frequency response, characteristics often associated with accurate sound reproduction, but those results might be misleading.

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HomePod said to cost Apple $216 to make, margin...

The HomePod’s $349 price point was somewhat controversial last summer when Apple announced the device, especially in comparison to its competitors in the market. A new report from Bloomberg, however, shows that Apple is operating at smaller margins than its competitors…


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Several reports have indicated that Apple is working on a pair of augmented reality glasses, potentially slated for a release sometime in the next two years. While little is known about the glasses, iDrop News today has published a set of renders that imagine what “Apple Glasses” could look like…


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028: HomePod stains, Berkshire Hathaway’s AAPL...

Today we’ve got everything you need to know about HomePod’s first controversy, Berkshire Hathaway’s latest massive AAPL investment, and KGI Securities prediction on upcoming iPhone sales.

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Sponsoring Daring Fireball, Early 2018 Edition

There’s a part of me that loathes posting self-promotional stuff here on Daring Fireball. There’s another part of me that wants to sell ads and keep this thing afloat, and knows that I sell more ads when I periodically mention that there are ads for sale.

Right now there are three ways to sponsor my work:

  1. Weekly sponsorships. I just updated the public-facing schedule, and there are a few openings in the coming weeks. And, this very week remains open (long story short: last-minute cancellation). Given that it’s already Wednesday, the remainder of this week could be yours for a substantial discount. Get in touch.

    These weekly sponsorships have been the number one source of revenue for Daring Fireball ever since I started selling them back in 2007. They’ve succeeded, I think, because they make everyone happy. They generate good money....

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Carrot Weather adds new achievements feature,...

Popular weather application Carrot was today updated which brings it to version 4.5, adding a host of new customization options, a new achievements feature, and much more. Today’s update comes following a major redesign of the app back in November.


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What Would it Be Like to Go Back to macOS Snow...

Some have fond remembrances of the halcyon days of Mac OS X Snow Leopard. But what would it really be like to go back to this venerable OS?

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Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway increases...

Legendary investor Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway continued to bet big on Apple over the fourth quarter 2017, raising its stake in the tech giant by 23.3 percent to hit 165.3 million shares, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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Inside Apple’s Shareholder Meeting, Profiling...

Bryan and Jeff go inside Apple’s annual shareholder meeting, and talk about the things that seemed to get Tim Cook excited. A listener also calls them out for being hypocrites on ad profiling, and they talk about how Apple’s new HomePod isn’t a home wiretap.

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Beware “Protect” in Facebook’s iOS app

Facebook once again goes above and beyond to prove they are one of the sleaziest companies in America.

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Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway increases AAPL...

Over the past few years, Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway has turned from an Apple skeptic to rather bullish on the company. CNBC reports that Berkshire Hathaway has again increased its stake in AAPL shares, this time at the cost of IBM…


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Dr. Mac Weighs the Pros and Cons of Replacing...

Dr. Mac is looking for a Photoshop replacement that can serve all his image-editing needs at a price he can afford and without monthly payments.

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Apple World Today News Update: February 14, 2018

Today's podcast is somewhat shorter in length, which should be useful for those of you who forgot today was Valentine's Day and are still rushing around trying to buy gifts and set up restaurant reservations...

  • The Apple Watch Series 3 finally appears in the refurb section of the online Apple Store, although GPS+Cellular watches are not available yet
  • Apple has published an ARKit/Augmented Reality mini-site that includes details on ARKit, phone technology, and apps that use ARKit
  • A Barclay's analyst thinks that Apple's 2019 iPhones may add a rear-facing 3D sensor for AR purposes
  • YouTube TV adds a number of Turner networks today, but also announces a higher monthly fee for new subscribers starting March 13

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...

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Gemini 2 for Mac: $12.99

We have a deal for you today on MacPaw’s Gemini 2 for Mac. This utility uses some smarts to find duplicate files on your Mac so you can delete them and recover storage space. It also learns what you delete and what you choose to keep so the cleanup process is continually improving. It’s $12.99 through us, 34% off retail.

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FBI, CIA, and NSA: Don't Use Huawei Phones

The heads of six top U.S. intelligence agencies told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday they would not advise Americans to use products or services from Chinese smartphone maker Huawei. "The six -- including the heads of the CIA, FBI, NSA and the director of national intelligence -- first expressed their distrust of Apple-rival Huawei and fellow Chinese telecom company ZTE in reference to public servants and state agencies," reports CNBC. From the report: "We're deeply concerned about the risks of allowing any company or entity that is beholden to foreign governments that don't share our values to gain positions of power inside our telecommunications networks," FBI Director Chris Wray testified. "That provides the capacity to exert pressure or control over our telecommunications infrastructure," Wray said. "It provides the capacity to maliciously modify or steal information. And it provides the capacity to conduct undetected espionage."

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Watch: The best Siri commands for HomePod

Apple's HomePod is out and users are impressed by the smart speaker's premium sound quality, but some have yet to take full advantage of its voice control functionality. To help users get started, AppleInsider collected a few useful phrases and commands that highlight Siri's capabilities.

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How to limit HomePod access so family and friends...

There are two different ways to lock your HomePod from outside access -- restricting access to AirPlay only, disabling messages, reminders and notes. AppleInsider shows you how to access and control both of these.

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Apple responds to HomePod ‘ring’ issue, says not...

Apple has issued a more direct response to customers experiencing issues with HomePod leaving white rings on certain wood surfaces in normal use. The response comes in an updated support article detailing how to clean and care for HomePod. Apple describes the occurrence as expected and not a defect.


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Twelve South releases the SurfacePad for iPhone X

Twelve South has released the $49.99 SurfacePad for iPhone X. It protects the front and rear of the smartphone, while providing sleep/wake functionality via magnetized front cover.

The SurfacePad for iPhone X has automatic wake/sleep functionality when opening or closing the front flap. It has a full-grain leather design and is available in black, cognac and deep teal flavors.

The SurfacePad for iPhone X Black is Qi charging compatible so it doesn’t have to be removed for using a wireless charger. It has an incorporated viewing/ isplay stand  and a two-card wallet on the front flap.

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OmniOutliner 3 for iOS brings major updates...

The Omni Group has today released the latest version of its OmniOutliner iOS app. Among the new headline features are a simplified UI, document encryption, automation, iPhone X support, drag and drop support, and more.


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How to Set Up Family Sharing on iOS 11

Keep in mind that you can only set up and delete two family sharing groups per year.

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Apple's HomePod Speakers Leave White Marks on...

Apple's new smart speakers can discolour wooden surfaces, leaving a white mark where they are placed, the firm has acknowledged. From a report: The US company has suggested that owners may have to re-oil furniture if the HomePod is moved. The device went on sale last week after having been delayed from its original 2017 release date. Apple told Pocket-lint that it was "not unusual" for speakers with silicone bases to leave a "mild mark." But the gadget review site told the BBC it had never seen anything like this problem. The website's founder, Stuart Miles, told the BBC that a speaker left a mark on his kitchen worktop within 20 minutes.


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Study: Apple engineers can’t afford to live near...

Apple engineers can’t afford to live near their Cupertino, California offices, according to the real-estate startup Open Listings (as noted by Fast Company), which looked at median home sales prices near the headquarters (meaning within a 20-minute commute) of some of the Bay Area’s biggest and best-known tech companies. 

Using public salary data from Paysa, Open Listings then looked at how many software engineers from those companies could actually afford to buy a house close to their office. They found thatApple engineers would have to pay an average of 33% of their monthly income for a mortgage near work....

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Apple: HomePod base can leave residue on wood...

Apple tells Wirecutter that the HomePod’s base can indeed leave residue on certain wood countertops, as reviewers and owners (such as Pocket-lint, and folks on Twitter) have noticed.

The HomePod’s base can leave rings on wood finishes. Photo: Jon Chase

Apple says “the marks can improve over several days after the speaker is removed from the wood surface. “If they don’t fade on their own, you can basically just go refinish the furniture—the exact advice Apple gave in an...

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Barclays says Apple is working on 3D scanning tech...

Boy, the analysts have been busy today. In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — Barclays in London, says Apple and its partners are "working hard on a world-facing solution" capable of scanning surroundings in 3D, similar to what the TrueDepth system does for a user's face. 

The British multinational bank and financial services company claims that development is ongoing, and lots of details must be hammered out before it’s included in any 2019 iPhones. Barclays believes Apple "remains fully committed" to dive into that aspect in other hardware offerings beyond just the iPhone. 

As the TrueDepth sensor hardware expands to other Apple devices, the firm expects that Apple will open up ARKit even more over time, to encompass the expansion of the technology. At the 2017...

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Nothing says Happy Valentine's Day like a...

So, it's Valentine's Day, and what better time to check on the potential end date of your romantic relationship? It's easy to do over at, a fun little web app based on the dating AI, Coach, that manages dating relationships in the Black...

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New Apple webpage touts apps & technology for...

Apple has created a new mini-site promoting ARKit, the company's augmented reality platform for iPhones and iPads, as well as recent hardware advances made to enhance the technology.

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Beware “Protect” In Facebook’s iOS App

Facebook has added a Protect item to a screen in its iOS app that lists Facebook services. Tapping Protect takes you to an App Store page for a VPN called Onavo Protect that admits that it is owned by Facebook and “collects your mobile data traffic.” Worse, 12.5 million iOS users may already be using Onavo Protect.


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Apple confirms HomePod can leave white ring on wood...

An unhappy discovery after we placed a HomePod on an oiled butcher-block countertop and later on a wooden side table was that it left a defined white ring in the surface. Other reviewers and owners (such as Pocket-lint, and folks on Twitter) have reported the same issue, which an Apple representative has confirmed. Apple says “the marks can improve over several days after the speaker is removed from the wood surface,” and if they don’t fade on their own, you can basically just go refinish the furniture—the exact advice Apple gave in an email to Wirecutter was to “try cleaning the surface with the manufacturer’s suggested oiling method.”

I didn’t have my HomePod placed on an oiled wood surface, so I never noticed this. Still, it doesn’t seem like this is something you would want to have happen when placing a speaker in your home.


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