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Friday December 15

Rent or Own Movies and TV Shows With Redbox On Demand

Redbox is testing a new digital service called Redbox On Demand. It’s in beta, and only a small number of customers can try it out. But it lets you rent or own the latest movies and certain TV shows to complement your physical purchases. You can stream or download movies and watch from your iPhone, iPad, MacBook, or Apple TV. Unlike Netflix or Hulu, it’s not a subscription service either. It’s purely transactional, and you pay for what you want. Prices vary depending on your selection, but movie rental generally starts at US$1.99, while movie purchases start around US$3.99. TV episodes can be purchased starting at US$1.99, and entire seasons can be had starting at US$12.99.

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Watch the Apple Music Trailer for ‘Who Built the...

In addition to the Sam Smith exclusive Apple Music published, the service also has a trailer for an exclusive concert film from Noel Gallagher, formerly of Oasis. It’s called Who Built the Moon Live: Noel Gallagher, and features tracks from his new album Who Buolt the Moon.

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Mac: Satechi Aluminum Type-C Clamp Hub Pro for iMac

While the new iMac Pro lacks the internal expansion capabilities of prior “Pro” desktop Macs, Satechi at least has some of that covered with its new Aluminum Type-C Clamp Hub Pro. Available for pre-order today and shipping in January, Satechi’s new hub connects to one of your iMac’s Thunderbolt 3 ports and then clamps onto the bottom of your iMac — either the 2017 iMac Pro, iMac Retina 4K, and 27-inch iMac Retina 5K — and provides a front-facing data-only USB-C port, three front-facing USB 3.0 ports with up to 5 Gbps data transfer speeds, and a Micro/SD card reader.

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T2-equipped iMac Pro may need to be DFU restored...

It was recently discovered in a support document for Apple Configurator 2 that the iMac Pro may become unresponsive and will need to be restored in certain situations like a power failure during an update.


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Opinion: The 10-Core iMac Pro sans additional...

With the iMac Pro officially going on sale yesterday, we now know more about Apple’s powerful, professional-oriented all-in-one desktop. The most exciting new thing about the iMac Pro, besides the fact that it comes with a cool new Space Gray housing and matching accessories, is that it’s the first iMac model to feature more than a quad-core processor.

Multicore processors are all the rage these days for so-called prosumers, and for good reason — they provide a lot more processing power for apps that can wield that additional power in parallel, and the cost-barrier to entry, led by AMD’s Ryzen CPUs, has been lowered. Video editing workflows with Final Cut Pro X instantly...

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Apple buys original space drama TV series from...

Ronald D. Moore, the brain behind the critically acclaimed remake of "Battlestar Galactica," will pen a new space drama for Apple, as the company continues its push into original TV content to compete with the likes of Netflix, Amazon and Hulu.

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More exclusive Apple Music films coming from Noel...

Apple announced today via its YouTube channel that it is bringing more original live music video content to Apple Music. Musician centered documentaries and concert films have become an Apple Music staple and Noel Gallagher is the latest artist to join the ever-growing list of featured artists. more…

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FCC Kills Net Neutrality, Samsung’s HomePod...

Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss the FCC vote to end Net Neutrality, plus Samsung’s HomePod competitor.

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Hands-on with the stylish lofree Four Seasons...

The beautiful lofree Four Seasons Mechanical Keyboard. Photo ©2017, Steven Sande

Back in March of 2017, I had the pleasure of reviewing the lofree Mechanical Keyboard, a retro-themed keyboard that garnered a lot of fans and backers on Indiegogo. lofree is back with a new version of the keyboard that has a slight redesign based on customer feedback and comes in four different models to capture the essence of the four seasons. 

As with the first Indiegogo campaign, the Four Seasons Mechanical Keyboard will ship — as of this posting, it has reached 794 percent of its goal, and will be available in April 2018. Early backers have until the end of December to get one of the keyboards for as little as US$74.

The keyboard is designed for...

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Review: TEAC AI-101DA Integrated Amplifier with USB...

Recently we've reviewed some big, expensive, powerful speaker amplifiers. We've found that big, expensive, powerful gear often sounds very good. It is important, however, to remember that audio equipment can sound good even though it's small, inexpensive, and relatively low-powered. Sometimes a little box can do it all. Today we're looking at a tiny, affordable integrated amplifier from Japanese manufacturer TEAC. We think that for many users, TEAC's AI-101DA may be the "Swiss Army Knife" of stereo components.{/exp:char_limit}

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Watch the Apple Music Trailer for ‘The Thrill of It...

Apple Music just published a trailer for The Thrill of It All Live: Sam Smith. It’s a live performance movie by Sam Smith for his new album, The Thrill of It All. It’s an intimate performance, with a small, round stage in a small room, and it’s exclusive to Apple Music.

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Chase Freedom card now offers 5% cash back for Apple...

Chase announced today that it is now offering 5% cash back for Apple Pay purchases made with a linked Chase Freedom credit card for the first time. The offer is available for combined purchases up to $1500 at select merchants and will last for the first three months of 2018.


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Apple picks up space drama from Star Trek veteran in...

Apple is steadily putting together a catalog of original content behind-the-scenes before it launches its own video streaming service similar to Netflix and Hulu, and the latest series to receive the green light is an unnamed sci-fi space drama.


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Grand Court nixes U.S. government’s efforts to back...

The European Union’s Grand Court has rejected an U.S. government request to intervene in Apple’s fight against an EU order on back taxes. The Cupertino, California-based company is appealing an order to pay approximately $15.3 billion in back taxes to Ireland due to illegal tax breaks. 

The Obama administration disagreed with the move, saying the EU was trying to take money the U.S. should receive. A Grand Court judge says the U.S. failed to prove it had a “direct interest in the result of the case.”  

The European Commission, Europe’s anti-trust and consumer investigation agency, claimed that Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands have attracted...

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: 15-inch MacBook Pro $600 off,...

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

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Apple's first Korean store expected to open on...

Apple's first-ever outlet in South Korea is reportedly scheduled to open on Saturday, Dec. 30, deepening a footprint in the home of key rivals -- and suppliers -- like Samsung and LG.

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Amazon's Echo Show has dropped in price by $80

Amazon has one of the new additions to the Echo family at a Black Friday-level discount: For the past few days, the retailer's been selling the Echo Show for $150. This Alexa device normally sells for $230.

This deal is also available at Echo-friendly stores like Best Buy, Target, and B&H.

To read this article in full, please click here

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Comprehensive macOS Development: $15

Check out the Comprehensive macOS Development training course. It covers basic and advanced concepts, and walks you through developing polished full stack and fully functional weather widget app, as well as a clone of Slack. It’s $15 through us.

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Shhh…Apple is Patenting a Way for Siri to Whisper

Siri may be a little more private in the future thanks to an Apple patent filing that describes how the artificial intelligence voice assistant could whisper.

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Samsung Ready to Jump into the Smart Speaker Market...

Samsung is all about innovation, so the company is hard a work on its own HomePod-like smart speaker. The electronics maker expects to release its product some time in the first half of 2018.

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Long-running AOL Instant Messenger shuts down for...

As promised, Verizon's Oath on Friday shut down AOL Instant Messenger, once as omnipresent on the internet as services like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are today.

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News: Daily Deal: CrossOver 17

Today in iLounge Deals, you can pick up CrossOver 17 for only $19 — that’s 52% off the regular price, and if you use the coupon code GIFTSHOP15 you’ll get an extra 15% off, bringing the total price down to $16.15. This handy app lets you run Windows software directly on your Mac without having to buy a Windows license, reboot into Windows, or deal with a virtual machine. Whether it’s games, productivity software, or utility apps,…

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Apple’s first ever retail store in Korea, close to...

Apple confirmed back in January plans to open its first ever retail store in Samsung’s home city of Seoul, South Korea – close to the headquarters of Samsung.

A new report from Korea says that the store will open on December 30, with retail head Angela Ahrendts in attendance …


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∞ The iPad glove

[VIDEO] This is pretty, pretty good. Video embedded in the main Loop post. Worth watching.

The audio is in German, but there are subtitles. I had no issue watching with the sound muted.

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Here’s What Would Happen if You Really Used a...

Lightsabers may be about the coolest sci-fi weapon ever, but they would make for a much more gruesome death than we see on the big screen. With Star Wars: The Last Jedi in theaters now it’s a good time to find out what would really happen if you took up arms with Luke Skywalker. Kyle Hill does a great job of explaining what would happen if you sliced someone with a lightsaber on Because Science. Check it out!

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iMac Pro first impressions: Beauty of a beast

Rene Ritchie, iMore:

This isn’t a beloved tower reimagined inside Darth Vader’s helmet — an OpenCL monster designed for a future that never quite materialized. This is the same iMac many of us already know and love, just gutted of its consumer-grade engine and rebuilt for a very different kind of pro. The kind that was already sold on the all-in-one but always wished it was hit by enough gamma rays to make it more hulkingly pro.

And that’s exactly what Apple is delivering: A sleek space-gray chassis filled to the aluminum limit with next-generation Intel, AMD, and Apple muscle. Starting at $4999.

This is richly researched, well written. Rene has pulled together a real technologist’s view of the iMac Pro. There’s a lot to learn here, especially the deep dive into the Intel Xeon W processors at the heart of the iMac Pro.

Just go read it. Does this guy ever sleep?


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India hikes import tax on cellphones, liable to hit...

The Indian government is raising import taxes on cellphones from 10 to 15 percent, which could put pressure on Apple to accelerate local iPhone manufacturing.

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NBC is adapting UK tech support sitcom 'The IT...

NBC had a hit adapting the BBC version of The Office and now it's hoping for the same with UK hit The IT Crowd. The network is set to adapt the Channel 4 sitcom with the original creator, Graham Lineham, who will write and produce, Variety reports. L...

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Use Apple Pay at select Apple partners, get $5 App...

There are currently 20 partners on the page. Worth a look. From the fine print:

Offer valid in the U.S. only, while supplies last. Limit one App Store & iTunes Gift Card per partner.

Makes me wonder how these sorts of partnerships work. Is this $5 straight out of Apple’s pockets, a promotion to help push Apple Pay use? Do the partners kick in some or all of that $5 for the exposure on Apple’s site?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Opinion: A non-upgradable iMac Pro is raising...

When Apple finally put its iMac Pro on sale yesterday, there was a lot of discussion about the concept of a non-upgradable pro machine.

While the iMac Pro looks lovely, it’s hard to justify £5k+ on a non-upgradable machine.

iMac Pro looks neat, but I don’t fancy the idea of spending a kajillion dollars on a non-upgradable machine.

Apple releases their first VR capable, *non-upgradable*, computer *starting* at $4999 […] Who is this machine for?

I’m predisposed to share this view …


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AOL Instant Messenger Officially Shuts Down

It’s official: AOL Instant Messenger, or AIM, has ridden off into the digital sunset. AOL shut down its instant messaging service on Friday, December 15th.

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Apple Lisa: The computer that was a proving ground...

Stephen Hackett, MacStories:

When thinking about the earliest days of Apple, it’s easy to recall the Apple I, the Apple II line and the Macintosh. However, there’s one more computer that defined Apple’s early years. This computer was ground-breaking but incredibly expensive, and exposed many things wrong within Apple itself.

The Lisa launched 35 years ago next month. Today, it is mostly considered as a precursor to Mac. While that is true, it doesn’t come close to doing this computer justice.

Apple Lisa was an incredibly important part of Apple’s history. This is a terrific read. Don’t miss the embedded and linked videos.

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Matt Birchler: Android Oreo, as seen through the...

Matt Birchler has his magnum opus, a massive 8-part, 13,000 word review of Android Oreo. But written with iOS in mind.

It’s a worthwhile read, lots of talking points, a chance to see what switching to Android would be like.

If you are considering the move, read this first. Nice job, Matt.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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India’s import tax increase could hurt Apple’s...

India will raise its import tax on electronics to prioritize goods manufactured in the country. The cell phone tax increase from 10% to 15% could hurt Apple’s struggling market share in the region, notes Seeking Alpha.

Samsung assembles most of the cell phones it sells in the country within India. Apple only assembles the iPhone SE in India and imports the rest. The tech giant and government officials have held talks about the iPhone maker expanding its manufacturing presence in the country, but Apple wants incentives and tax breaks — two things the Indian government has resisted so far. 


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Satechi debuts Type-C Clamp Hub Pro for the iMac and...

Satechi has launched the Aluminum Type-C Clamp Hub, exclusively designed for the new 2017 iMac Pro, iMac Retina 4K and 27-inch 5K models. 

The hub adds functionality to the Apple all-in-one with a data only USB-C port, three USB 3.0 ports with up to 5Gb/s for fast and secure data transfer, and a Micro/SD card reader, all through a single USB-C connection.

To use the Aluminum Type-C Clamp Hub, you plug it into one of the iMac’s Thunderbolt 3 ports and use the adjustable knob to fasten the hub to the bottom of your desktop computer. No additional drivers or installation is needed. It’s available now for preorder and shipping the first week of January 2018 in silver or space gray for $49.99 at and

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New new Synology products debut

Synology has announced two new products: the $1,660 FlashStation FS1018 (pictured), the company’s first all-flash desktop NAS, and $299.99 DiskStation DS218, a new addition to the family of NAS designed for homes. Also, Virtual Machine Manager, a new package that allows you to run virtual machines on your Synology NAS, is officially available.

The FS1018 is a compact 12-bay, low-latency, all-SSD desktop NAS powered by an Intel Pentium D1508 dual-core CPU and 8GB DDR4 EEC memory, expandable up to 32GB. It’s designed for work groups and small businesses that need powerful file storage and sharing, such as creative agencies, in a smaller, more convenient package.

Another feature of the new FS1018 is its ability to run Virtual Machine Manager. Synology’s new virtualization software provides the ability to install and run multiple virtual machines including Windows, Linux, and Virtual DSM on a Synology NAS. This allows...

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Artstudio Pro 1.0 is a new photo editor for macOS

Lucky Clan has launched Artstudio Pro 1.0 for macOS, the successor to their ArtStudio for iOS app. Completely redesigned, it brings new features and improvements, taking full advantage of the latest technologies like Metal, iCloud Drive, and more. 

Artstudio Pro has been also optimized for 64-bit multi-core processors. Users have the ability to import resources in the most popular formats.

Artstudio Pro 1.0 costs $23.99 and is available via the Mac App Store. It requires macOS 10.11 or higher.

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AppleInsider podcast talks GymKit, iMac Pro, and...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about the powerful iMac Pro and its custom T2 chip, GymKit and the opening up of NFC connectivity, and Jony Ive's return to focusing on product design.

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Deal: Write your novel or screenplay with Storyist...

When it comes to writing manuscripts or screenplays, there's probably no better Mac app than Storyist. This app has been used by many best-selling authors, playwrights, and screen writers to publish their works, and now you can get Storyist for just $19 -- that's 67% off the usual $59 price tag

Storyist helps authors organize, format, and even publish their manuscripts. 

  • Work off stylesheet templates for manuscripts, screenplays, or customize a manuscript to look how you'd like
  • Implement images, comments, spell checking, smart quotes, headers, footers, & more
  • Jump between standard screenplay elements quickly w/ tab & return key shortcuts
  • Auto-complete scene introductions, locations...
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Apple patent involves a bumper system for surface...

Apple is always looking for more ways to minimize potential damage to iPhones, iPads, and Mac laptops. A new patent filing (number 20170355507) is for “active surface protection for portable electronic devices.”

The invention would provide Apple devices with one or more bumpers that are operable to transition between a stowed position and a deployed position. The bumpers may protect the surfaces of the device from impact is dropped. 

The bumpers may form portions of side corners or other portions of the portable electronic device in the stowed position. In transitioning from the stowed position to the deployed position, the bumpers may rotate and/or translate.

Of course, Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product.

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Sony’s XBR-X900E-Series TV is a great companion for...

After purchasing my Apple TV 4K, I began searching for a 4K/HDR television, so I could truly enjoy the set top box’s ability to show movies and shows in 4K HDR quality. I don’t have the moolah for an OLED TV set, so after much research, I settled on Sony’s XBR-X900E-Series 55-inch—Class HDR UHD Smart LED TV.

It’s a top notch HDR TV that occupies the sweet spot between performance, price, and size. I wanted a 65-inch TV set, but my wife is insistent that anything bigger than 55 inches is too big for our living room. And, as the saying goes, “if momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” 

So 55 inches it was. 

The display

The X900E’s display is gorgeous. It’s not OLED quality, but comes close. UHD image clarity is excellent, the contrast ratio is very good, brightness is superb, and HDR allows for bright, vivid colors. The Sony set boasts the 4K X-Reality Pro Image Processor, 4K HDR Processor X1 , and TRILUMINOS Panel, and Full Array Local...

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State attorneys general join trade groups in...

The FCC may have voted to repeal net neutrality rules – opening the way Internet service providers to speed up, slow down or even block services depending on who pays them to do so – but some are determined that the war isn’t over.

After a trade group representing companies like Amazon, Facebook and Google vowed to fight the decision in court, a number of states plan to join the battle …


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Apple Releases the iMac Pro

Apple has indeed shipped the iMac Pro before the end of 2017. Josh Centers outlines the cost, features, and optional add-ons. It’s not cheap, but if you know you need the performance, price likely isn’t that much of an issue.


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India hikes tax on mobile phone imports in a move...

India has increased its import tax on mobile phones from 10% to 15%, a move which will hit Apple harder than other smartphone manufacturers. The tax on video cameras has been increased by the same amount, while that on televisions has been doubled to 20%.

The government made the announcement late last night, as part of its Made In India initiative, a program designed to encourage companies to manufacture products within the country …


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Notable apps and app updates for Dec. 15, 2017

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

macOS Apps/Updates

AKVIS has announced MakeUp 5.0, an update of its portrait enhancement software. 

Version 5.0 offers a new portrait retouching algorithm with significantly improved results. Also, it provides the updated list of ready-to-use presets, the improved Vignette effect, the Crop tool, some interface changes, and other improvements.

On the Mac platform, AKVIS MakeUp 5.0 runs on macOS 10.12-10.13. The product is available as a standalone application and as a plugin filter for AliveColors, Adobe Photoshop and other image editors.

AKVIS MakeUp, Home license, sells for $39. One license key allows activating and using the software on two computers. The...

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AppleCare for iMac Pro priced at $169

It’ll be 169 clams for AppleCare+ coverage for your new iMac Pro.

Apple has announced that AppleCare+, which extends your iMac Pro’s warranty from one to three years, will retail for $169. This is cheaper than the AppleCare+ policy for an iPhone X and also reduces the cost of some repairs. If you have a Mac notebook and the display fails, for example, AppleCare+ more than pays for itself.

By comparison, you’ll pay $129 for an iPhone 8, $149 for an iPhone 8 Plus, and $199 for an iPhone X. For a 15-inch MacBook Pro you’ll pay a whopping $379—more than double the cost of AppleCare+ for the iMac Pro.

So, not too terrible for an extended warranty and hopefully this comes in handy.

Via The Mac Observer


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Apple launches iMac Pro, 8-core, 10-core, 14-core...

The all-powerful iMac Pro you’ve been hankering for is now available.

Apple has announced that its 8-core and 10-core iMac Pro models start at $4,999 and $5,799 respectively and currently ship by late December in the United States, while 14-core and 18-core models starting at $6,599 and $7,399 can also be ordered today, but aren’t estimated to ship for 6-8 weeks, which pushes deliveries into February.

Each iMac Pro configuration has optional upgrades for storage, memory, and graphics, the ultimate, maxed-out, high-end 18-core unit with 4TB of SSD, 128GB of ECC RAM and an AMD Radeon Pro Vega 64 graphics processor with 16GB of HBM2 memory retailing for $13,199.

Apple said the iMac Pro is the fastest and most powerful Mac ever, at least until the modular Mac Pro is ready to be released.

The high-end performance is made possible by an all-new thermal design that delivers up to 80 percent more cooling capacity than a traditional iMac.

The iMac...

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Thursday December 14

Save $400-$1,055 in tax on iMac Pro pre-orders from...

With iMac Pro pre-orders officially underway, shoppers looking for the best deal on a new system can save $400 to $1,055 in tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ at B&H and Adorama. Those looking to finance their purchase can also take advantage of no interest financing for 12 months at Adorama.

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Reminder: After 20 years, AIM officially shuts down...

As originally announced back in October, AIM is officially shutting down tomorrow, December 15th. Largely the pioneer of online messaging, AIM has been around for 20 years, having originally launched all the way back in 1997…


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Apple patent describes how Siri could detect when a...

A new patent unearthed today shows how Apple is working to make improvements Siri and its core capabilities. Apple originally filed for the patent in 2016, but it was just made public today

Essentially, this patent covers how Siri could detect when a user is whispering and subsequently “whisper” all of its replies…..


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Celebrate the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi...

To celebrate the release of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' in cinemas, games linked to the major movie franchise offer discounts or free items as a bonus to their players. AppleInsider has collected some of the better offers available on Mac, iPhone, and iPad, so you can continue your 'Star Wars' experience long after watching the latest installment.

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Cisco debuts Cisco Security Connector app for...

As part of its partnership Apple, Cisco on Thursday released a new security app for iOS, called Cisco Security Connector, designed to give enterprise customers deep insight into, and control over, network activity in large device deployments.

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Google Play Music updated with support for iPhone X

Over a month after the device’s initial release, Google today has updated Play Music for iOS with support for iPhone X. With today’s update, the app now takes full advantage of the iPhone X’s 5.8-inch OLED display…


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Samsung's Bixby-powered HomePod competitor to...

According to a report on Thursday, Samsung's smart home speaker is expected to debut in the first half of 2018 with support for the firm's Bixby virtual assistant, setting the device up for direct competition with Apple's delayed HomePod.

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Cisco announces new Security Connector app for...

As Apple continues to plan an increasingly big role in the enterprise market, Cisco today announced a new Security Connector app for iOS. Apple and Cisco originally forged a partnership back in 2015 with the goal of creating a “fast lane” for enterprise customers…


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Take a movie theater bathroom break at the perfect...

This weekend's highly anticipated release of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" clocks in with an epic-length runtime of 2 hours and 32 minutes. That's a lot of Star Wars action for your eyeballs, but can your bladder handle it? If not, the iPhone app RunPee is here to help.

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AWT News Update: December 14, 2017

A fascinating day for news about the iMac Pro, net neutrality, and a purchase that will make the Disney empire even larger than before:

  • Apple announces that any Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider can add RAM to the iMac Pro
  • The FCC voted today to rescind the 2009 net neutrality laws
  • Disney will be purchasing most of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion in stock, adding a huge amount of content to its holdings

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.

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This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update podcast for December 14, 2017.  


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T-Mobile Offers Free Netflix. But What’s Really...

T-Mobile recently announced that, with some restrictions, it will pay for your basic HD Netflix account. Why?

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Apple SVP Eddy Cue to participate in Q&A session...

Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue will be making the rounds early next year when he takes part in a live Q&A session at Pollstar Live! 2018, an annual conference serving concert industry professionals.

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iMac Pro: Save some cash & buy from B&H/...

Apple officially released its ‘most powerful Mac ever’ earlier this morning in the form of the iMac Pro. After initial availability through Apple’s Online Store, the machine has now become available through authorized resellers like B&H.

Furthermore, we’ve learned a bit more about the upgradability of the iMac Pro…


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First Impressions of the New iMac Pro

Apple held a small press event yesterday in New York City to officially unveil the new iMac Pros, which went on sale today.

It is significantly more expensive than its non-pro iMac siblings — the iMac Pro starts at $4999, but most configurations will cost significantly more. But make no mistake — if you buy one of these, you’re getting true professional performance for your money. You’re not just getting (admittedly gorgeous) space black anodized aluminum.

The entire lineup of iMac Pros is based on Intel’s new Xeon W CPUs, and is entirely SSD based. There are no configurations with spinning hard drives or Fusion drives — according to Apple, the system architecture is designed only to work with SSDs for internal storage. These components are all high-end: the RAM is 2666 MHz DDR 4 ECC; the SSD storage has...

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Apple details iMac Pro's T2 chip, which handles...

Though it flew largely under the radar, Apple introduced a new custom T2 chip in iMac Pro that combines a number of system controllers into a single secure package. The company detailed what, exactly, the silicon does in an update to its iMac Pro product webpage on Thursday.

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Logic Pro X Optimized for iMac Pro, Including...

So far, Apple has announced 8, 10, 14, and 18 core versions of the iMac Pro, making this version of Logic Pro X one that looks towards the future.

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Apple’s Podcast Analytics tool now available in beta

At this summer’s Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple announced the upcoming Podcast Analytics tool. And it’s finally here, at least in beta form.

Apple says the feature will allow podcasters to learn more about their listeners. For instance, analytics information will include the total hours listened to a specific episode, the average minutes per listener, the abandonment point, and average completion rate. Podcast Analytics will also show if listeners are skipping over ads or not.

Photo courtesy of "TechCrunch."

Podcaster provides registered with iTunes Connect can access the new analytics feature by clicking here. It’s for devices with iOS 11 or iTunes 12.7, or later. iTunes Connect is a suite of web-based tools for managing content sold on iTunes, the iBooks...

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∞ The Band: “The Weight”

I absolutely love this song. It’s one of my all-time favorites.

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Dropbox Paper update brings refreshed UI, enhanced...

An update today to the Dropbox Paper app for iPad and iPhone introduces a refreshed and enhanced editor, the option to create to-dos, new calendar integrations, and a new UI for iPad.


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Apple’s podcast analytics service is now in beta

At WWDC this year, Apple announced it would soon offer its own podcast analytics service for show creators who publish on Apple Podcasts. Today, that service has launched into beta, offering podcasters the ability to track unique devices and playback metrics for their podcasts, including when listeners drop off in the middle of a show.

This is great news. It only tracks iOS 11 on mobile devices, but people move to the latest iOS pretty quick on Apple devices, so that shouldn’t be much of a drawback.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Final Cut Pro updated for iMac Pro

Apple today announced a major update to its professional video editing app, Final Cut Pro X, with new features including 360-degree VR video editing, advanced color grading tools and support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) video. Optimized to take full advantage of the incredible performance capabilities of the all-new iMac Pro, Final Cut Pro users can now edit full-resolution 8K video for the first time on a Mac. Apple is also extending 360-degree VR video support to Final Cut Pro companion apps, Motion and Compressor.


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Apple Updates Support for Multiple Video Codecs with...

The update coincided with the release of Final Cut Pro 10.4, and it includes updated support for multiple video codecs.

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People hear differently

What you say is not nearly as important as what we hear.

We would all do well to remember this.

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Pandora opens up on-demand music to free & Plus...

Pandora is gradually rolling out on-demand music to listeners without a Premium subscription, putting it more direct competition with Spotify, and offering at least one advantage over Apple Music.

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∞ Apple’s new video for using Apple Pay on iPhone X

Not much to it.

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Graphene 11K Pocket HyperCharger Plus Triton Cable...

We have a deal on a Graphene 11K Pocket HyperCharger plus a Triton Cable. This battery has 10,500mAh of power capacity. The case is made from a form of carbon called graphene, making it light. It comes with the Triton cable with 3-in-1 connectors, including Lightning, microUSB, and USB-C. It’s $39.99 through our deal, but coupon code GIFTSHOP15 brings it down to $34.

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∞ Apple updates Logic Pro X for iMac Pro

Apple released an update for its professional music software Logic Pro on Thursday, which adds support for the iMac Pro including support for up to 36 cores. You can download the update by going to the App Store on your Mac and checking for updates.

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Apple launches podcast analytics service as iTunes...

Apple made good on promises to launch an iTunes podcast analytics service on Thursday with a new iTunes Connect beta feature dedicated to tracking granular listener data, though the service is limited to iOS 11 devices.

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Amazon will sell Apple TV again Inc will start selling Google Chromecast and Apple TV, which compete against its Fire TV, on its online store, an Amazon spokeswoman told Reuters on Thursday.

This is great news for Apple. Amazon is a huge reseller of products and it has a very strong brand—I would think a lot of people will go to Amazon to purchase Apple TV. Amazon Prime Video is also now available on Apple TV, so the two companies are mending the fences.

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Apple’s promised Podcast Analytics feature now...

9to5Mac Happy Hour on Apple Podcasts

Apple unveiled Podcast Analytics over the summer at WWDC, and today the new feature for podcasters is finally available in beta. From June on Podcast Analytics:


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Eddy Cue set to be a featured speaker at Pollstar...

Apple’s Eddy Cue has been confirmed as a featured speaker at the Pollstar Live 2018 conference which will take place in Los Angeles in February. Variety reports that its executive music editor Shirley Halperin will join the Apple SVP for a Q&A session.


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Which iMac Pro configuration is right for you?

If you've got questions about which iMac Pro to get, AppleInsider has answers in a video breaking down the specs of the machine -- and how much it's going to cost you.

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Review: JBL LSR305 5” Two-Way Powered Studio Monitor

We have reviewed several of JBL's speakers and headphones over the years. Many have touted the "JBL House Sound," but we've never really talked about what that means. Though JBL's current product line includes some interesting consumer lifestyle products, the company's history is in pro audio — chances are that the last movie theater or concert venue you visited used JBL speakers or, at least, many of the songs in your library were mixed using JBL speakers. One of the most important products in JBL's pro audio lineup, the entry-level LSR305, has become more than just a studio monitor — it's become a go-to recommendation for new audiophiles looking for their first set of high-quality speakers. We think they've earned their reputation as one of the best value-for-dollar speakers available.{/exp:char_limit}

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Apple ships first self-branded Thunderbolt 3 cable...

Apple began selling its first-ever self-branded Thunderbolt 3 cable on Thursday, timed alongside the introduction of the iMac Pro, which has four Thunderbolt/USB-C ports for monitors, external storage, and other add-ons.

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FCC Votes with Ajit Pai to End Net Neutrality in...

They did so with zero public hearings, a comment system marred by fake comments—including Russian-submitted comments in favor of ending Net Neutrality—and overwhelming public support for Net Neutrality regulation.

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FCC votes to kill net neutrality in an unsurprising...

The FCC has voted to kill its own net neutrality rules in a 3-2 vote along party lines. Here's what will likely happen next.

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Apple releases public betas of iOS 11.2.5 and tvOS...

Apple has released first public betas of iOS 11.2.5 and tvOS 11.2.5. The public betas are available on Apple's Beta Software Program website. Just remember that beta software, so proceed with care.

Apple does public betas in order to increase the size of the pool of testers. The tech giant recommends keeping back-ups of your files before installing a public beta.

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Apple seeds first public betas of iOS 11.2.5 &...

Apple on Thursday issued the first public betas for two of its next planned point releases, iOS 11.2.5 and tvOS 11.2.5.

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Once you go to each service and set up an account and provide your address, you’ll start getting automatic shipping notifications when you order something.

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Tim Cook writes opinion piece with Charles Koch...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is continuing to campaign on behalf of 'Dreamers,' participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, by writing an opinion piece with Koch Industries chairman and chief executive Charles Koch demanding action from Congress over the issue.

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Happy Hour Podcast 151 | Jony Ive’s design return,...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss running a half marathon with Apple Watch Series 3 and AirPods, Apple’s first Folio Case for iPhone X, Jony Ive returning to lead day-to-day design, a quick TV app review, Apple buying Shazam, HomeKit’s vulnerability and iOS 11.2.1, and the iMac Pro’s debut.

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


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Amazon will start selling the Apple TV again

Amazon is bringing back the Apple TV and Google Chromecast, two video-streaming devices that it removed from its online store two years ago as they compete against its own Fire TV gadgets.

"I can confirm that we are assorting Apple TV and Chromecast," an Amazon spokeswoman told CNET

Product listing pages for five different Apple TV and Chromecast devices are live on Amazon's website. None are available for sale yet, they should be soon.

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Amazon spokeswoman confirms Apple TV 4K being...

The Apple TV 4K and Chromecast appear to be on their way back to Amazon sales listings after a two-year absence, according to a spokeswoman for the commerce giant.

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Apple TV returning to Amazon after two years...

Amazon Prime Video recently launched on Apple TV, but the streaming media player hasn’t resurfaced on the online marketplace yet. Now it looks like Apple TV may finally be going live on Amazon’s online store.


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Trump’s FCC repeals net neutrality rules despite...

The FCC has today voted to repeal net neutrality policies put in place in 2015 during the Obama administration.

While today’s outcome isn’t much of a surprise, the proposed plan drew more and more criticism and concern from individuals as well as businesses and organizations in the lead up to today’s vote.


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Private Cloud Storage App Tresorit Releases First...

It covers everything from the day of incorporation in 2013 to November 30, 2017.

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iMac Pro Pricing and Configurations, Hacked Password...

Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to look at iMac Pro pricing and configurations, plus Andrew fills us in on a huge online login credentials database.

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You get a $5 gift card if you use Apple Pay at...

Apple is offering a $5 App Store/iTunes gift card when you use Apple Pay to buy items as select retailers now through Dec. 21. You can find a complete list of participating companies by clicking here.

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

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Apple now sells own brand Thunderbolt 3 cable, 0.8m...

Apple is finally offering its own brand of Thunderbolt 3 cables. More than a year after the Thunderbolt 3-equipped MacBook Pro debuted, you can now get a 0.8m Apple Thunderbolt Cable for $40 from the Apple Store.

Prior to today, Apple stocked a third party Thunderbolt 3 cable from Belkin as it didn’t have one of its own.


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Logic Pro X now optimized for the iMac Pro

Apple has updated Logic Pro X, its pro audio production software, to version 10.3.3. It optimizes performance for the new iMac Pro — up to 36 cores.

It also addresses an issue which can cause user-created content to become unavailable in High Sierra. And there are the expected tability and performance improvements.

Logic Pro X 10.3.3 requires macOS 10.11 or higher. It’s available for $199.99 at the Mac App Store. Version 10.3.3 is a free update for registered users.

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Amazon is selling the Ecobee4 at its Black Friday...

If you missed the Ecobee4 sale the first time around, Amazon has you covered. Today the retailer is selling the Ecobee4 for $200. That's the same price we saw at Lowe's and others (including Amazon) on Black Friday. Usually this latest model of the Ecobee sells for the MSRP of $249.

The big change with the Ecobee4 compared to its predecessor is built-in Alexa Voice Service. Prior to this, the Ecobee integrated with Alexa devices like most other smart home devices. With Alexa built-in, you can use the smart thermometer to get news, set timers, and many of the other things you can ask of an Echo device. The Ecobee4 works with the Google Assistant if you've got a Google Home device, too.


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FCC votes to undo net neutrality protections despite...

As predicted, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted 3 to 2 along party lines to rescind net neutrality protections instituted under the Obama administration, potentially radically reshaping the nature of the U.S. internet.

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AppleCare+ price for iMac Pro remains unchanged at $...

Apple is making the decision for customers acquiring the iMac Pro to pick up AppleCare+ with their purchase easier, by keeping the price of the extended warranty service the same as for the iMac despite the increase in hardware cost.

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