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Friday February 24

06:19
Apple iPhone supplier TSMC on track to ship 10nm...




Apple's main mobile processor manufacturer, TSMC, is reportedly set to begin commercial shipments of 10-nanometer chips in the next month -- likely supporting claims that the "A11" processors in upcoming iPhones will use the technology.

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06:18
How to restore data from iCloud

Michael E. Cohen, TidBITS:

iCloud, however, much like real clouds, is notoriously opaque. It’s hard to see just what you have stored in it. Nonetheless, Apple has made it easy, at least, to fix some truth-related issues in iCloud, and you can do it with a readily accessible tool: a Web browser on any Mac or PC. With it, you can revert to backups of your contacts, calendars, reminders, and shared bookmarks, and even restore files deleted from your iCloud Drive.

If you have an iCloud account, this is worth a walk through, just to get a sense of the available options.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:14
Making your iPhone take dictation

J. D. Biersdorfer, New York Times, points out a variety of ways to do dictation on your iPhone:

Hold down the iPhone’s Home button (or say “Hey Siri” to wake up the software), say “Make a new note,” and then speak your thoughts — reciting the punctuation like “period” or “comma” aloud. The resulting note can be emailed, copied, pasted or shared with a compatible text app.

And:

In Settings, go to General and then to keyboard to find the Dictation option buried at the bottom of the screen. When the setting is enabled, a small microphone appears on the keyboard of text-entering apps like Notes, Google Docs, Microsoft Word for iOS, or Apple’s own Pages word processor.

That setting is off by default. Check it. Good to know where this is.

Of course, you can also use a variety of apps to do dictation. J. D. highlights a few. Good stuff.

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06:05
Rumor: some new iPad models won’t be available until...

Apple is expected to unveil a revamped iPad line-up soon in the sizes of 9.7 inches, 12.9 inches and a new 10.5-inch model. The tablets were expected to be unveiled at a March event (though Apple has yet to announce such an event). However, DigiTimes says that the two larger models won’t arrive until May or June. 

Strangely, the article doesn’t say why there may be such a delay. The Sellers Research Group (that’s me) still thinks Apple will unveil new iPads during a March event and that all models will be available in March or April.

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06:01
Apple fan finds stack of Apple security docs from...

Ben Vandermeer:

I was at the Seattle Goodwill outlet recently and noticed the Apple logo on letterhead sticking out from a bin of books, so I started digging. What I found were the 1979-1980 files of Jack MacDonald, manager of system software for the Apple II and /// at the time.

They tell the story of project “SSAFE” or “Software Security from Apples Friends and Enemies.” This was a proposal to bring disk copy protection in-house to sell as a service to outside developers. Inter-office memos, meeting notes and progress reports all give a good idea of what a project life cycle looked like. Different schemes and levels of protection are considered, as well as implementation primarily on the Apple II+ and the upcoming SARA (The Apple ///) and Lisa computers. Randy Wigginton is featured prominently throughout, along with mentions of Woz, distribution lists including “S.Jobs” and many other familiar names.

The documents were all a jumble so I’ve put them in...

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06:00
Rotten Phish: Dissecting a phishing email

Phishing is a form of social hacking; the hackers try to get people to divulge their email addresses, passwords, and other key information by sending out fake emails that are usually from email addresses in Russia (sorry, Russian readers, but it's true...). Yesterday I received a phishing email that was so execrably bad that I just had to share it with readers of Apple World Today. Here's the email: 

 

What's wrong with this? Everything.  

  • The email subject isn't capitalized; it's all lower case letters, which Apple will never do
  • This email has obviously been written by someone who is not a native English speaker, as the phrasing is laughable
  • "Including your email icloud as well"  - awful grammar, and iCloud is written in all lower case, once again something Apple would never do
  • That image is obviously a try at avoiding a trademark lawsuit if Apple ever catches the person(s) who sent it. That's the old Apple logotype...
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06:00
Disk Drill PRO 3 for Mac for $34.99

We have a deal today on Disk Drill PRO 3, a data recovery utility for the Mac. According to the company, you can “scan and recover data from virtually any storage device with just the click of a button.” Our deal is for a lifetime license—which includes all minor and major upgrades to the app— for $34.99. You can find more information about the software on the deal listing.


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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Disk Drill PRO 3 for Mac, Lifetime...

In Friday’s iLounge Deal we’re offering a lifetime license for Disk Drill PRO 3 for Mac for only $34.99 — that’s 70% off the regular price. Disk Drill Pro makes it easy to recover documents, music, photos, videos, or even whole partitions that have gone missing from your computer, and with only a single push of a button, Disk Drill can ferret out and recover over 200 types of files on your computer. You can even recover deleted…

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05:55
Apple cuts ties with Super Micro Computer over...

In early 2016, Apple discovered what it believed was a potential security vulnerability in at least one data center server it purchased from Super Micro Computer, reports The Information, quoting a Super Micro executive and two people who were briefed about the incident at Apple. 

The server was part of the tech giant’s technical infrastructure, which powers its web-based services and holds customer data. Apple ended up terminating its yearslong business relationship with Super Micro, Tau Leng, a senior vice president of technology for Super Micro, and a person who was told about the incident by a senior infrastructure engineering executive at Apple, told TechCrunch. The Cupertino, California-based company even returned some of Super Micro’s servers to the company, the article adds.

Super Micro Computer’s solutions include...

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05:50
ZeniMax wants to stop Oculus from selling VR headsets

Despite being $500 million richer than it was a few months ago, ZeniMax still isn't happy about the outcome of its Oculus Rift lawsuit. Reuters is reporting that the video game company behind id Software and Bethesda has filed for an injunction block...

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05:46
Apple: iOS 10.2.1 fixes bug causing some iPhones to...

Apple says an iOS point update (10.2.1) that was released last month includes a bug fix for an issue causing iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus and 6s Plus device owners to experience unexpected shutdowns. 

In a statement provided to TechCrunch, Apple says that the iOS 10.2.1 update has resulted in an 80% reduction of unexpected shutdowns on the iPhone 6s and a 70% reduction of unexpected shutdowns on the iPhone 6. 

Here’s the statement: “With iOS 10.2.1, Apple made improvements to reduce occurrences of unexpected shutdowns that a small number of users were experiencing with their iPhone. iOS 10.2.1 already has over 50% of active iOS devices upgraded and the diagnostic data we've received from upgraders shows that for this small percentage of users experiencing the issue, we're seeing a more than 80% reduction in iPhone 6s and over...

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05:29
AppleInsider podcast talks 'iPhone 8'...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about the 'iPhone 8', the iPad event coming up, AirPods vs Powerbeats3, and more.

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05:29
LG's latest battery is also a phone

The problem with having a smartphone that you want to use all the damn time is that you'll spend a big chunk of your day wedded to an outlet. LG believes that nobody should have to suffer such an indignity, and has launched the X power2 as a remedy....

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05:15
Apple voices opposition to Trump administration’s...

Apple, Trump and the overall political situation came to a head on Wednesday, Apple responding to the Trump administration to roll back Obama-era protections for transgender students.

Apple offered the following comment regarding the situation:

“Apple believes everyone deserves a chance to thrive in an environment free from stigma and discrimination. We support efforts toward greater acceptance, not less, and we strongly believe that transgender students should be treated as equals. We disagree with any effort to limit or rescind their rights and protections.”

The Obama administration put in place guidance for schools that allowed transgender students to use bathrooms that correspond with the gender they identify with. The Trump White House removed those protections, citing the rights of states and local school districts to establish their own policies.

Apple is joined by Uber, which has also voiced opposition to the Trump administration’s decision....

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05:09
Comment: The need for perspective when iPhones (and...

A video of an iPhone 7 Plus catching fire has gone viral, with some drawing comparisons with early Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fires.

This is not the first time that an iPhone has caught fire, and it won’t be the last. But as we’ve noted before, it’s important to view such incidents in perspective …

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05:02
Latest version of iOS solves iPhone 6's...

Some iPhone 6 and 6s devices have been randomly shutting down over the past several months. iOS 10.2.1 was designed to fix the issue, and Apple says it has successfully solved the problem for most people who've already installed it. Cupertino told Te...

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05:00
Apple “looking into” iPhone 7 Plus fire video that’s...

It isn’t pretty, but perhaps it conveys a larger hardware problem that needs attention.

A video shared by one Brianna Olivas shows an iPhone 7 Plus burning to the point that the case is melting away and smoke is erupting from the side of the device.

Apple, in turn, has offered the following response to the video, which has gone viral:

“We are in touch with the customer and looking into it,”

Olives stated that she started experiencing problems with her iPhone 7 Plus the day before the device “blew up.” She says that the device wouldn’t turn on so she took it to her local Apple Store, where employees concluded that everything was fine after running a series of tests. The device then started functioning again.

Olivas later stated that she was asleep with her phone charging when her boyfriend picked it up and noticed the device smoking only a few seconds later.

“The next morning I was asleep with my phone charging next to my head, my...

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04:30
Two months+ in with Setapp

By Frank Petrie

I was fortunate enough last year to receive a press invite to test drive the Setapp beta. I was more than happy to roll up my sleeves and start using it.

At first, it took a little getting used to. After all, it wasn’t part of my usual, daily workflow. Up until that point, I would religiously check Macupdate (www.macupdate,com) and Apple’s App Store daily for any available updates to my existing software. Now I needed to include Setapp into my daily routine.

As it was still in beta, putting its user interface and such in a constant state of flux, that added some awkwardness. But as the product evolved, and I began to use it regularly, it didn’t take long to become an integral routine.

It even made me appreciate Apple’s Notifications more because it made integrating Setapp so easy. It’s great to boot my iMac...

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04:13
Cloudflare security breach exposes data from Uber,...

User data from 3,400 websites has been leaked and cached by search engines as a result of a bug in Cloudflare, a content delivery network. Sites affected over the course of several months include major ones like Uber, Fitbit and dating site OKCupid. 1Password also uses Cloudflare, but says that end-to-end encryption means that no customer data was exposed.

ArsTechnica reports that the leaks were spotted by Google security researcher Tavis Ormandy.

We observed encryption keys, cookies, passwords, chunks of POST data and even HTTPS requests for other major cloudflare-hosted sites from other users. Once we understood what we were seeing and the implications, we immediately stopped and contacted cloudflare security.

Cloudflare has admitted that the breach occurred, but Ormandy and other security researchers...

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04:07
Samsung to change donation policies amid bribery...

In the last six months, Samsung has been no stranger to scandal. Since September, it's hurriedly dealt with the fallout from its Galaxy Note 7 recall, and in recent weeks has been thrust into an investigation over bribery claims involving some of its...

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04:00
How to make macOS Sierra’s Safari show the full...

By default, macOS Sierra’s Safari doesn’t show a website’s full address in the search field. If that bothers you, it’s easy to fix.

  • Open Safari Preferences (accessible via the Safari menu) and choose the “Advanced” tab.
  • Check the box next to "Smart Search Field" for “Show full website address.”
  • Exit out of Preferences to immediately see the difference in a URL.

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03:00
The Morning After: Friday, February 24 2017

Good morning. We spent two days with the Nintendo Switch and we have feelings. Amazon is citing the First Amendment in defense of its robot Alexa, and we look forward to transforming into cups and bananas in Bethesda's forthcoming Prey.

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01:40
Server bug leaks user data for thousands of popular...

A number of high-profile websites have been leaking their users personal data into the ether, thanks to an error at their hosting provider. Cloudflare, which provides services to companies like Patreon, Fitbit and OKCupid among others, had an error i...

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00:30
Lyft's biggest rollout takes it to 50 new cities

Lyft has just announced its biggest expansion to date. The ride-sharing service is now available in over 50 new cities and four new states across the US. They're mostly located in the Midwest, but the list also includes a few other parts of the count...

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Thursday February 23

23:35
Apple says 'looking into' video of...




Apple is investigating the circumstances behind a widely circulated video showing a partially melted, smoking iPhone 7 Plus, the result of what appears to be a major device malfunction, reports said late Thursday.

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23:21
Google Allo's desktop client is in the works

Google just can't stop when it comes to messaging apps. While its texting software for Android has a new name, the AI-powered Allo is coming to a new platform soon. VP Nick Fox teased a desktop web client for the service in a tweet, while saying that...

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22:34
Apple says it is ‘looking into’ viral video that...

Making the rounds on Twitter recently has been a video of a smoking iPhone 7 Plus. The video, shared by Brianna Olivas, shows the device burning to the point that the case is melting away and smoke is erupting from the side of the device.

Now, Apple has responded to the viral video…

more…

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22:27
Rumor: 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models might...




A questionable report out of East Asia on Friday claims Apple is taking longer than expected to bring two large format iPads to market -- a 12.9-inch iPad Pro revamp and a new 10.5-inch version -- with both models now said to launch in May at the earliest.

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22:10
Release of new 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro...

Apple is widely expected to hold a media event next month to announce new iPads and perhaps refreshed iMacs and other products. A new report from Digitimes reiterates much of what we already know about Apple’s planned iPad refresh, including the launch of new 9.7-inch, 10.5-inch, and 12.9-inch models.

The report notes, however, that the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch models may not ship until May or June…

more…

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21:26
Analyst says Apple has upper hand on Samsung now...

A note today from Drexel Hamilton’s analyst Brian White via Business Insider shares that he believes “Apple has Samsung on the ropes like never before in recent memory.” The competition between the two companies has been intense for years, but there are four factors he believes will help Apple solidify its lead this year.

more…

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21:14
Amazon refuses to hand over Alexa info for murder...

Amazon continues to resist law enforcement's demands to hand over the audio recordings for an Echo involved in an Arkansas murder investigation. The tech titan has filed a motion to throw out a search warrant from prosecutors, arguing that both the u...

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20:09
Google's Android texting app has a new name

Despite how common texting is, its integration on Android has always lagged slightly behind, as Google appeared to focus on other things. Sometimes it wrapped the feature into other services/apps like Google Voice and Hangouts, but lately, the main A...

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19:09
Google's Immerse VR series debuts with...

Google's virtual reality offerings are taking off. While their engineers develop techniques to simulate user faces hidden behind headsets that will make streaming VR less clunky, the NBA recently released an original show for Daydream VR. But today,...

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19:04
Apple cut ties with server vendor after potential...

A new report today from The Information shares that Apple found potential security issues with at least one server early last year. Apple purchased the server from Super Micro Computer and was used to help power its web services and also contained customer information.

more…

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18:24
Disney's Maker Studios changes strategy and...

Disney-owned Maker Studios is putting its business through a major overhaul in an effort to become profitable. According to The Wall Street Journal, Disney is laying off around 80 people -- some of them are Maker employees, while some are from the Ho...

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17:26
Google WiFi, OnHub routers inexplicably crashed...

Google's smart router projects are supposed to provide hassle-free networking, but today many owners are experiencing just the opposite. Reports are streaming in of nonfunctional Google OnHub and WiFi units pushing little more than a flashing blue li...

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17:12
Server firmware security incident in 2016 forced...




While there appears to be no breach of Apple's security, the company terminated its relationship with hardware vendor SuperMicro because of concerns about firmware update security, and an update that potentially compromised a Siri server bank, plus the App Store's search server development environment.

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17:12
Apple says iOS 10.2.1 has eliminated the majority of...

Last fall a growing number of iPhone users started experiencing random shutdowns, particularly with iPhone 6s. After Apple launched a battery repair program to solve the issue for some devices, they stated that the problem may be more widespread than first thought and that a fix for some iPhones could come in the form of a software update…

more…

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16:29
Apple addresses unexpected iPhone 6, 6s shutdowns...

For a while now there have been reports of some older iPhone models, namely iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, shutting down unexpectedly. Apple introduced some diagnostics into iOS 10.2 back in December to try and determine what was happening and, with iOS 10.2.1, they’ve rolled out a fix.

Glad to see they figured out what was going on.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:27
Apple's iOS 10.2.1 addresses unexpected iPhone...




Apple on Thursday revealed an iOS point update that was released a month ago includes a bug fix for an issue causing iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus and 6s Plus device owners to experience unexpected shutdowns.

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16:27
'Skullgirls' heads to iOS and Android this...

Popular fighting game Skullgirls has been released on almost every other modern platform; now it's time to play it on your smartphone. Originally teased last July, the free-to-play version of this fan-favorite title is slated to arrive in Spring 2017...

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15:44
Alphabet sues Uber over Waymo's self-driving...

Waymo, Alphabet's autonomous car business, has sued Uber for stealing crucial technical information about its self-driving technology. Waymo's lawsuit targets Otto, a promising self-driving truck startup that Uber acquired in mid-2016. As we noted in...

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15:41
AirPlay on a budget: Affordable wireless speakers...

AirPlay is one of my favorite Apple technologies. The feature allows you to wirelessly stream content over WiFi, whether it be via your Apple TV or streaming audio via a standalone speaker. Either way, AirPlay fixes some of the common flaws plaguing wirelessly streaming content with Bluetooth.

One of the common complaints with AirPlay, however, is that it’s somewhat expensive to get started. For that reason, I’ve rounded up some of the more affordable ways to enter the AirPlay ecosystem below…

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15:39
Post producing an Oscar nominated short film on...

In the busy week in the run up to the awards, the director of Timecode, Juanjo Giménez, very kindly answered our questions about the post production process.

What’s amazing to me is that this was his first project using Final Cut Pro.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:36
Alphabet's Waymo self-driving car firm sues...




Alphabet's Waymo on Thursday sued Uber and its subsidiary Otto, accusing the companies of stealing key self-driving car patents covering a proprietary light detection and ranging, or LiDAR, system.

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15:33
7 Reasons For Apple to Discontinue the Mac Pro

Recently, John Martellaro took a philosophical tour of the idea that Apple might well want to discontinue some products that we’ve become fond of. The pros and cons. One reader asked what the pros would be to sending the Mac Pro into extinction. John tries to answer that question.


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15:28
What a Linux Desktop Does Better


After I resolved to adopt Linux, my confidence grew slowly but surely. Security-oriented considerations were compelling enough to convince me to switch, but I soon discovered many more advantages to the Linux desktop. For those still unsure about making the transition, or those who have done so but may not know everything their system can do, I'll showcase here some of the Linux desktop's advantages. First and foremost, Linux is literally free. Neither the operating system nor any of the programs you run will cost you a dime.

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15:28
Google sues Uber over self-driving trade secrets...

Alphabet’s Waymo self-driving car unit sued Uber Technologies and its autonomous trucking subsidiary Otto in federal court on Thursday over allegations of theft of its confidential sensor technology.

Oh boy.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:20
Transgender protection rollback sparks opposition...

On Wednesday, the Trump administration announced that it would roll back federal protections for transgender citizens and require states and local school boards to decide how (or, more accurately, whether) they would enforce these people's civil righ...

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15:11
Spotify gets into podcasting with three music-themed...

Spotify dipped its toes into podcasting in 2015 by adding pre-existing programs to its lineup. Now it's getting into content creation and rolling out its own shows. The company is launching three original podcasts, and it says that's just the start.

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15:02
Can WALTR 2 Really Be Your iTunes Replacement?

When you’re looking for an iTunes replacement, you want something that can do just about everything Apple’s software can do, but better. WALTR has been a good contender in this arena, and WALTR 2 offers functionality that iTunes doesn’t. The question is, does it work as designed? Come along with Jeff Butts as he reviews WALTR 2 and uncovers how well it performs.


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15:00
Cellebrite Can Now Unlock Apple iPhone 6, 6 Plus

Patrick O'Neill writes: A year after the battle between the FBI and Apple over unlocking an iPhone 5s used by a shooter in the San Bernardino terrorist attack, smartphone cracking company Cellebrite announced it can now unlock the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus for customers at rates ranging from $1,500 to $250,000. The company's newest products also extract and analyze data from a wide range of popular apps including all of the most popular secure messengers around. From the Cyberscoop report: "Cellebrite's ability to break into the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus comes in their latest line of product releases. The newest Cellebrite product, UFED 6.0, boasts dozens of new and improved features including the ability to extract data from 51 Samsung Android devices including the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, the latest flagship models for Android's most popular brand, as well as the new high-end Google Pixel Android devices."

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14:25
Facebook is inserting ads midway through videos

Facebook's ambitions for video have been pretty explicit. And now the social network is (officially) introducing a way for its publishing partners to get paid for them. Rather than front-loading ads the way YouTube and so many others do, these will a...

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14:23
Apple Daily Report for February 23, 2017

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

Earlier this year, FORBES revealed a search warrant that allowed police to walk into a building and unlock all phones inside that could be opened with a fingerprint, including iPhones with Apple's famous TouchID feature. And now, in what may be a landmark decision, a federal court in Illinois has determined that feds could not proceed with such a search, saying the government needed to be more specific about the devices and data they wanted, according to Forbes.

In related news Cellebrite —the firm thought to be responsible for helping the FBI extract data from...

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14:17
Apple's iTunes Remote app adds support for two-...

Apple has updated the iTunes Remote app for iPhones and iPads with support for two-factor authentication when signing in for Home Sharing. It’s a free app available at the Apple App Store.

iTunes Remote lets you control iTunes from anywhere in your home. With it you can use your iOS device to connect to iTunes on your Mac or PC as if you’re in front of your computer.

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13:58
Review: Twelve South’s MagicBridge is a beautiful...

Twelve South is known for making some of the best Apple accessories available and this past week I’ve been using their new MagicBridge which joins Apple’s Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2 together. Read on for a hands-on review.

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13:57
News: Mobiata announces sunset of FlightTrack 5 and...

Mobiata has announced that it is shutting down its popular FlightTrack 5 and FlightBoard apps, effective Mar. 1, 2017. Although the company admits that it hasn’t provided many updates to the two apps in recent months, FlightTrack was one of the first and best flight tracking apps on the App Store, and quickly became a mainstay for iPhone travellers. Mobiata was acquired by Expedia in 2010, and although it continued to run largely as an independent…

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13:54
New Mac Ransomware Leaves Your Files Permanently...

Mac users hoping to score Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Microsoft Office for free through BitTorrent sites are in for an ugly surprise thanks to a new ransomware making the rounds. The ransomware, called OSX/Filecoder.E, encrypts the contents of victim’s hard drives and demands payment in Bitcoin, but there isn’t any way to actually decrypt and recover files.


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13:45
The Wirecutter's best deals: Save $100 on a...

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, they may earn affiliate commissions that support their work. Read their c...

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13:30
News: Harman announces first Wireless CarPlay...

Photo: Business Wire Harman has announced the first successful commercial implementation of Apple CarPlay over a wireless connection, allowing vehicles using Harman’s infotainment systems to use Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to connect to an iPhone for CarPlay rather than requiring a wired USB/Lightning connection. Harman’s press release notes that the solution is currently “being deployed in the market on HARMAN infotainment systems for a…

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13:24
Vintage Apple memos refer to dongles as ‘a case of...

An interesting tidbit from Apple history recently made its way from a Seattle Goodwill to the web. In a blog post, a user by the name of vadermeer shared a handful of internal memos, progress reports, and other various notes from within Apple during 1979 and 1980 and some of it is surprisingly accurate today…

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13:23
Apple's iTunes Remote updated with two-factor...




Apple on Thursday updated its iTunes Remote app for iPhones and iPads with support for two-factor authentication, reflecting the company's growing use of the security concept.

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13:23
Indie devs with disabilities win full ride on Train...

Two game developers with disabilities are headed to the 31st annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) this year via Train Jam, a four-day rail excursion from Chicago to San Francisco that was founded in 2013. Train Jam participants collaborate to crea...

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13:04
Acoustic Imaging and iPhone 8: Can You Hear My...

Rumors about the iPhone 8 are flying faster than snowflakes in a blizzard. Speculation about the new device using iris scanning, facial recognition, or something completely different abounds. In a recent patent filing, Jeff Butts has uncovered another possibility: acoustic imaging systems. In other words, the iPhone 8 might end up “listening” for your fingerprint. Let’s see how it might work.


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13:00
It will cost $670 to get 90 percent of 2017's...

Since it launched in 2014, Blizzard's free-to-play digital card game Hearthstone has dominated its niche. To keep gameplay fresh, the studio has alternated new content additions between Adventures, which guarantees some cards for a $20 flat fee, and...

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12:58
Stop Facebook’s Emotional Manipulation With This Tool

Every time you use Facebook’s new Reaction emoji, you’re providing the company with a greater insight into your emotions. With this addition to Facebook’s data collection, advertisers can build a better profile to target you with ads. Facebook could even carry out more emotional manipulation experiments. But there is a new way to defeat this kind of surveillance with a browser extension called Go Rando by Benjamin Grosser. When you react to a post, it randomly chooses one of the six reactions. Over time, you’ll appear to have perfectly balanced views to Facebook’s algorithms. Benjamin has even open-sourced the extension, and you can install it for most popular browsers. You can find instructions on Benjamin’s blog.

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12:56
San Diego Girl Scouts crowdfunding iOS game project...

The Girl Scouts of San Diego are currently crowdfunding a new app coding project for an iOS game called Marshmallow Run. The project has just three days to go and over $10,000 left before reaching its goal on Kickstarter.

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12:51
Apple reportedly set to open first Argentina retail...

According to a new report from Gizmodo, Apple plans to continue its slow Latin America expansion with a new store in Argentina. The store comes following Apple’s first Latin American store in Brazil 3 years ago, which was followed by a new store in Mexico City last year.

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12:50
GE Digital VP Beena Ammanath: For Most Women, STEM...


Beena Ammanath is VP for data and analytics at GE Digital. She has worked in the data analytics field for more than 20 years and serves as board director at ChickTech, a nonprofit dedicated to recruiting girls and women into the tech workforce and retaining them once they're there. Ammanath also serves on the Cal Poly Computer Engineering Program Industrial Advisory Board, helping to shape the future generation of computer scientists with her expertise. Ammanath recently was named one of the top female analytics experts in the Fortune 500.

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12:45
Twitter and PBS will livestream Trump's speech...

Twitter has been livestreaming everything from Presidential debates to boxing matches and NFL games to see what sticks. And just like it did with the inauguration, Twitter will once again pair with PBS to broadcast President Trump's address to a join...

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12:38
Cellebrite director says firm now doing 'lawful...




Cellebrite -- the firm thought to be responsible for helping the FBI extract data from the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook -- is doing "lawful unlocking and evidence extraction" from Apple devices through the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, according to the company's Forensics Research director.

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12:25
Acer is making an air quality monitor

Acer's next project is a different type of monitor than you might expect from the company. It's an air quality monitor, actually. No, wait; where are you going? "The Acer Air Monitor features a sleek and simple design, the device allows real-time mon...

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12:22
9to5Rewards: CalDigit’s Thunderbolt Station 3 Lite...

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is CalDigit and we’re giving away their brand new TS3 Lite Thunderbolt 3 hub.

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12:20
Google updates Gboard for iOS with new emoji and...

Apple upgraded Messages in iOS 10 to include a ton of new features, but that doesn’t mean that Google is giving up on Gboard, its third-party iOS keyboard. 

On Thursday, Google updated Gboard to support new emoji, voice-typing, 15 additional languages, and Google Doodles. Google originally released Gboard in May 2016 to give iOS users features like Glide Typing and built-in GIF search.

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12:02
Mac: Henge Docks Horizontal Docking Station

Henge Docks’ Horizontal Docking Station ($499) remains one of the coolest and most powerful docking stations we’ve seen for the MacBook Pro. While it doesn’t come cheap, you’re getting what you pay for here, providing your MacBook Pro with Retina Display with a solid and attractive “home base” on your desk and a ton of extra ports to go with it. If you regularly hook up your MacBook to an external monitor in your home or office and have a lot of external accessories, it’s a much more elegant solution than juggling cables and smaller hubs — you just drop your MacBook Pro into the Horizontal Dock’s base and all of the necessary connections automatically extend from the sides into the appropriate ports on your MacBook. When you’re ready to hit the road, a press of the button or click of a menu bar app will automatically eject all of your mounted external drives from within macOS and then retract the connectors to disconnect from the dock. It’s so slick and effortless that...

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11:43
Google is donating $11.5 million to racial justice...

Google will invest $11.5 million to support racial justice, the company announced in a blog post today. The funds are split between 10 different causes, with $5 million going to the Center for Policing Equality. "CPE's National Justice Database is th...

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11:38
Apollo 11 space capsule is going on another mission

One of the great museum exhibits in the world is going on tour and you owe it to yourself to go see it if it comes to your area. It will be in Houston, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Seattle. I was lucky enough to see it in DC at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum but when it comes to Seattle, I’ll definitely make the trip down there to see it again.

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11:19
How to Restore Data from iCloud

Calendar confused? Contacts corrupted? Bookmarks bungled? A trip to iCloud.com can help you recover lost data.

 

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11:19
'Alien: Covenant' preview evokes original...

While the first official trailer for Alien: Covenant showed us terrifying images of a colony ship gone horribly wrong, this new preview gives us a full, uncut scene. It's a stunning glimpse at the titular ship's crew relaxing together with a final me...

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11:04
∞ New Top Gear trailer

I’ll always have a soft spot for Top Gear but its first season after the Clarkson implosion was not good by any measure. But I also don’t think “The Grand Tour” was a whole lot better. I’m looking forward to seeing this version of Top Gear with the two-thirds new cast.

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10:56
Apple’s classic iTunes Remote app updated with 2FA...

Apple has updated its classic iTunes Remote app for iOS with two-factor authentication support when signing in to Home Sharing. This lets you use stronger security on your Apple ID and iCloud account and makes iTunes Remote prompt you for 2FA when someone attempts to sign in.

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10:55
iPhone 8 3D Cameras, iMazing Tips – TMO Daily...

Word on the street says the iPhone 8 is packing a front-facing 3D camera for facial recognition. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to talk about the camera and what they think could really be in store for it. Jeff B also has some tips on using iMazing with your iPhone and Mac.


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10:51
Documents unearthed from early Apple history show...




A series of documents discovered at a thrift store in Seattle examines Apple's mindset in the late '70s and early '80s as it shifted from a hobbyist company to one interested in gathering, and retaining business clients for its Apple II series of computers.

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10:49
Mac 101: How to take a screenshot with the MacBook...

One of the things that I’ve always loved about macOS is how easy it is to take a variety of screenshots with just a keyboard shortcut. Yet, with the release of the Touch Bar-adorned MacBook Pro, some may find that taking screenshots is easier than ever. In this brief tutorial, we’ll show you how. more…

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10:32
Apple to expand Seattle AI & machine learning...




Apple's Seattle offices -- dedicated partly to work in artificial intelligence and machine learning -- are set to expand both literally and in terms of workforce, a report revealed on Thursday.

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10:22
Apple details acoustic imaging in new patent, could...

All signs are pointing to Apple’s iPhone 8 arriving with new technologies that will replace Touch ID as we know it. So far the predicted possibilities include an optical fingerprint sensor, facial and gesture recognition, a next generation on-screen capacitive touch method, and as we reported last year when Apple filed the patent, ultrasonic imaging. More details have just come out about how sound imaging technology will work in a patent filed today by Apple.

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10:19
Samsung's 'Galaxy S8+' may challenge...




Samsung is reportedly developing a version of its upcoming "Galaxy S8" that will compete in some respects not just with Apple's iPhone 7 Plus, but also eye-scanning technology only expected in iPhones shipping later this year.

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10:17
Set up your Medical ID in the Health app on your...

Apple has set up a procedure you can use on your iPhone to assist EMTs with information about you and who to contact in case of an emergency.

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10:04
Harman debuts first wireless Apple CarPlay...




Audio vendor Harman has unveiled a new wireless CarPlay solution for car manufacturers, with the technology first hitting the market as manufacturer-installed gear in the BMW 5 Series Sedan.

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09:59
New ‘MagicGrips’ accessory aims to make Apple’s...

Elevation Lab, the company behind a handful of popular Apple accessories, is today announcing its latest product: MagicGrips. The company says that this accessory is designed to work with the Magic Mouse and makes it easier to grip.

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09:58
Urban Movie Channel comes to the Apple TV

RLJ Entertainment has announced the availability of the Urban Movie Channel (UMC) on the fourth generation Apple TV (4th Gen), following the recent launch of the service on the iOS platform for iPhones and iPads. 

Created by Robert L. Johnson, Chairman of RLJ Entertainment and founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET), Urban Movie Channel (UMC) is a subscription streaming service that showcases African American and urban entertainment across all genres. It features the exclusive premieres of various feature films, documentaries, stage plays, original series, and stand-up comedy specials every month. 

In February, UMC exclusively premiered the romantic comedy, No Regrets, which features an all-star cast that includes Monica Calhoun, Brian White, Loretta Devine, Elise Neal, Sharon Leal, and more. Recent premieres also include: Insecure's Jay Ellis in the child slavery drama, Like Cotton Twines; the documentary, They Don’t Give a Damn...

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09:51
Scientists discover 7 ‘Earthlike’ planets orbiting a...

This is an amazing discovery and really cool science but when you hear the media describe it as a “nearby” star, note that’s in astronomical terms. Even though it’s “only” 39 light-years away, it will likely be at least a century before humans can even think about traveling to them.

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09:50
First Apple store in Argentina said to open in...




Apple's slow expansion plans for the Latin American smartphone market could take its next step sometime next year, with a report claiming the first official Apple store in Argentina could open its doors and commence sales in 2018.

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09:34
How to change the email address linked to your Apple...




If you own an iPad, iPhone, iPod or Mac, your Apple ID is the gateway to accessing the App Store, iCloud and iTunes, making it a crucial part of your digital identity. If you ever need to change the email address associated with your Apple ID, AppleInsider shows you how.

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09:30
Apple expanding Seattle offices focused on AI and...

Apple is known for its secrecy when it comes to ongoing product development, but the company is operating a little different with its efforts around artificial intelligence and machine learning. Apple’s director of machine learning, Carlos Guestrin, openly discussed Apple’s plans to grow its engineering presence in Seattle in a new GeekWire interview.

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09:30
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09:27
Apple is expanding its Seattle engineering center

Apple plans to “significantly expand” its engineering operations in Seattle, according to GeekWire. The tech giant shared new details about its Seattle operations and ambitions in advance of the University of Washington’s announcement this morning of a new $1 million endowed professorship in artificial intelligence and machine learning, the article adds.

Last year Apple bought bought Turi, a "machine learning platform for developers and data scientists.” Turi is based in Seattle. Following the acquisition, Apple begin a search for data scientists and advanced app developers, based in the city — or willing to relocate.

“We’re trying to find the best people who are excited about AI and machine learning — excited about research and thinking long term but also bringing those ideas into products that...

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08:57
News: Report: Apple still considering several...

A new report in Reuters discussing the state of Apple’s work on this year’s iPhone reveals that Apple may not have yet settled on a wireless charging solution for the upcoming “iPhone 8,” despite the company’s recent entry into the Wireless Power Consortium backing the Qi standard. The Reuters report cites a person with knowledge of the matter who indicates that there are presently five separate groups at Apple currently…

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08:46
Apple opposes Trump’s transgender rights rollback

The Trump administration on Wednesday announced plans to roll back Obama protections for transgender kids in schools. Apple quickly responded with a forceful statement against the move.

“Apple believes everyone deserves a chance to thrive in an environment free from stigma and discrimination,” the company said in a statement it provided to Politico. “We support efforts toward greater acceptance, not less, and we strongly believe that transgender students should be treated as equals. We disagree with any effort to limit or rescind their rights and protections.”

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08:39
Chrome betas get Touch Bar support that isn’t as...

Andrew Cunningham

Good news for people who like running bleeding-edge software on brand-new, expensive hardware: Google has added rudimentary support for the MacBook Pro Touch Bar to the latest release of Chrome's Canary channel, the earliest and least-stable way for consumers and developers to try out new Chrome features.

Based on what Apple is doing in the Touch Bar with Safari, Google could definitely push the envelope a little more. Chrome adds a handful of static buttons to the Touch Bar that duplicate the onscreen Back, Forward, Refresh, New Tab, and Favorite buttons, along with a larger button that moves the cursor to the address bar for easy typing and searching; as best as we can tell from digging in...

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