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Monday February 27

07:50
Leaks show off Samsung's Galaxy S8 & S8+...




Photos and videos posted over the weekend allegedly show the final designs of Samsung's latest answers to the Apple iPhone, the Galaxy S8 and S8+, which should be officially revealed at an event in late March.

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07:46
∞ Apple Park: March drone footage

[VIDEO] Apple’s new headquarters is looking tantalizingly close to completion. Some lovely footage here. Can’t wait to tour it. Video embedded in the main Loop post.

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07:43
The future of Steve Jobs’ iPad vision for Post-PC...

Daniel Eran Dilger, Apple Insider:

In 2010, Steve Jobs introduced the first iPad as a new product category between the smartphone and notebook. It ended up dramatically shifting demand in the PC industry, but sales have since plateaued. Here’s what Apple can do, has done and is doing to build iPad into the Post-PC future of computing.

And:

The reason Apple is now increasingly targeting PCs in its iPad advertising–rather than other tablets–is that there’s little value left in the outside “tablet market” to grab. Not even the second place tablet maker Samsung is doing well in tablets.

Interesting, thoughtful piece. A bit of a long read, but if you are interested in the business side of the iPad and Mac, worth your time.

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07:41
Apple is number two on the Top 20 [British] Business...

Apple came in ninth on the Top 20 Business Superbrands for 2017 list, a survey of marketing experts and thousands of British business professionals. British Airways claimed the top spot. 

The airline outperformed nearly 1,500 others in the sixteenth annual poll, with Apple retaining second spot. Rounding out the top 10 are PayPal, Google, Microsoft, Visa, Virgin Atlantic, MasterCard, and BP.

“Apple is once again a close contender in second, while rival Samsung retains 15th position despite the widely-publicized issues with its Galaxy handset” says Stephen Cheliotis, CEO of The Centre for Brand Analysis (TCBA). Unlike other recent polls, the voting pattern when it comes to brands remains remarkably consistent, with challenger brands notably absent as established players maintain their domination over newcomers.”

In the top 10 of the Consumer Superbrands 2016...

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07:39
BeatsX review: For real? Just pick up some AirPods

Jordan Novet, VentureBeat:

When I picked up a pair of Apple’s wireless AirPods a few weeks ago, I thought the included charging case was a clever touch.

But the case wound up being so useful that it spoiled me for Apple’s other wireless earbuds, the BeatsX. After two weeks of testing a pair of BeatsX headphones, I’ve found they also fall short of the AirPods in one make-or-break area: battery life.

And there are other drawbacks, too, The AirPods case, with its satisfying clasp, is an instant Apple design classic, whereas the included BeatsX silicone case doesn’t always completely protect your headphones — sometimes parts of the cable end up sticking out. And it gathers lint. Just look at it.

If you are trying to decide between BeatsX and AirPods, this take is worth reading. The difference between the two carrying cases is just one small piece of a larger puzzle, just a taste of each respective product’s approach to design, but in my opinion, a telling...

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06:59
Review: Live Beacon is the ‘no coding required’...

We’ve heard quite a lot about iBeacons over the years, but to date they don’t seem to have made much of an impact. We’ve seen adoption from a small number of high-profile brands, such as Condé Nast, DisneyHudson’s Bay Company and SXSW, but it’s rare to see much sign of iBeacon presence even in major shopping centers in large cities.

Which is odd, when you consider the evidence of their value. One trial, back...

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06:57
SanDisk offers 256GB of extra storage for iPhones...

Western Digital Corporation has increased the capacity of its line of iOS mobile flash drives with the introduction of its 256GB SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive and 256GB SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick. The former is a mobile storage device designed to help people quickly and easily free up space on their iPhone and iPad.

The iXpand...

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06:52
News: Third-party screen repairs no longer void...

Third-party screen replacements no long void an iPhone warranty according to an internal memo recently issued by Apple, MacRumors reports. Until now iPhones with a non-original display weren’t eligible for any warranty repairs. Neither Apple’s standard one-year warrant nor AppleCare+ will cover issues with third-party displays or batteries, but now Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers have been instructed to offer replacements…

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06:39
Australian smartphone market bounces back as Apple...

Following six straight quarters of year-over-year decline, the Australian mobile phone market returned to growth as it shipped 2.93 million mobile phones in quarter four of 2016, as compared to 2.84 million the same time the previous year representing a 3.2% year-over-year growth.

According to International Data Corporation’s (IDC) Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker , 2.79 million handsets shipped were smartphones whilst the remaining were feature phones in the fourth quarter of 2016. The growth came primarily from smartphones as new players entered the market, according to the research group.

iOS has again become the most popular operating system in Australia overtaking Android as it took over more than half (54.9%) of the total smartphone shipments in quarter four of 2016. 

“Despite new players such as Google with the Pixel device entering the market, Android could only take 44.6% market share. This goes...

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06:32
First drone footage since naming of Apple Park shows...

It’s a few days since the official naming of Apple’s new campus as Apple Park, and we’re today seeing the first drone footage following the announcement.

The solar panel installation on the garage roofing is now 100% complete, and looks stunning. It seems likely the garage will be home to more electric cars than you’d find at other companies.

The solar panels on the main building are still being added as other work continues to be ready for the first employees to move in in April …

more…

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06:21
AT&T intros two new unlimited plans including $...




AT&T will on Thursday launch two more unlimited data plans available to Apple iPhone owners, Unlimited Plus and Unlimited Choice, hoping to steer people away from similar plans recently offered by its rivals.

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06:11
February Apple Park drone footage shows completed R...




With the move-in date fast approaching, a new video has been published showing the advances that the construction teams have made on the newly christened Apple Park headquarters and Steve Jobs Theater in the last month.

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06:11
Venture capitalist: Apple will win an Oscar within...

Andrew Murphy, co-founder of the Loup Ventures a venture capital firm called Loup Ventures, predicts that Apple will win an Oscar within five years for its original content. That amount of time happens to be the period it should take the company to scale its original content. 

Currently, is spending less than $200 million in producing content such as Planet of the Apps and Carpool Karaoke. However, Murphy thinks this figure will soar to as much as $7 billion within five years.

"Any vibrant entertainment ecosystem needs exclusive content," the venture capitalist says. "Tunes and Apple Music, for example, already leverage exclusive relationships with app developers, music labels, and artists, along with TV and film...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: OneVPN Lifetime Subscription

In today’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering a Lifetime Subscription to OneVPN for only $49.99 — that’s 89% off the regular price. OneVPN will provide you with an ad-free and completely secure Internet experience, while maintaining high speeds and offering a variety of other services, including exit points in 21 different countries for accessing streaming content across geographical boundaries. Get a lifetime subscription to OneVPN…

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05:50
Mobile data price-war continues as AT&T...

[UPDATE: T-Mobile has also announced another new promotion today for their unlimited T-Mobile ONE plan. Starting March 1st, new and existing customers who have 2 lines on the T-Mobile ONE plan can receive a 3rd line for free. This deal comes out to be $100 for 3 unlimited lines and includes taxes and fees. Check out all the details on T-Mobile’s website.]

If you’re looking for a new ‘unlimited’ mobile data plan, the competition between carriers continues to offer cheaper deals. All four major carriers have announced new or revised tariffs this month, Verizon kicking things off, followed by T-Mobile dropping restrictions,...

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05:23
Warren Buffett grows Berkshire Hathaway AAPL stake...




Chairman and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway Warren Buffett proclaims in an interview that his firm purchased around 120 million AAPL shares just in 2017, with a total value of more than $17 billion.

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05:15
Apple extends MacBook/MacBook Pro Retina anti-...

For users who snagged a 12-inch MacBook or MacBook Pro with Retina display notebook and noticed the anti-relective coating wearing off or delaminating, there’s help on the way.

Apple will replace Retina displays on eligible models purchased as far back as June 2012 until October 16, 2017, or within three years of the original date of purchase, whichever is longer. The program was extended to provide affected customers with a longer window of time to get their notebook serviced.

While the program was never publicly announced, Apple confirmed that repairs will be handled internally through AppleCare. Apple has stated that it does not plan to publicly announce the program at this time.

Apple has stated that it recommends affected customers schedule a Genius Bar appointment at an Apple Store retail location or contact Apple support by phone, online chat, or email. Click on “get help” on this page, and then select Mac > Mac notebooks > Hardware Issues...

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05:00
Apple relaxes policy, now allows for third-party...

It looks like you’ll be able to have your iPhone screen replaced via a third-party without violating your warranty in the near future.

Apple is apparently changing its long-standing policy regarding third-party iPhone screen repairs. A new memo sent to Apple retail employees states that a customer having their device’s screen repaired by a third-party source no longer voids their warranty like it once did…

The memo says that retail stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers should inspect the device in question for things such as fraud or tampering, but then proceed as normal with the repair. This, of course, assumes that what needs to be repaired doesn’t relate to the display.

Among the conditions to the new policy are that if the third-party display causes the repair to fail or leads to other damage, the customer will be required to cover the out-of-warranty cost to resolve the issue.

Also, if the issue is related to the third-party display,...

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04:51
Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway more than...

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett certainly appears to have revised his view of Apple bigtime. Back in 2011, he famously said that his conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway had held very few AAPL shares in the past ‘and we’re likely to hold very few in the future.’ The reason, he said, was that the company’s future was too difficult to predict.

By May of last year however, the conglomerate held more than $1B worth of AAPL stock – a disclosure that helped the stock climb 9%. By December, that holding had increased to 57M shares worth $7.7B. Now ...

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04:48
What to Know About Smart TVs and Your Privacy

Vizio’s recent settlement with the Federal Trade Commission has sparked conversation about the privacy implications of smart TVs. Josh Centers explains what to worry about, why you maybe shouldn’t worry too much, and how you can maintain control of your privacy.

 

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04:30
How to manage downloads in macOS Sierra’s Safari

In macOS Sierra’s Safari web browser, you can choose where downloaded files are deposited. By default they’re located in your Downloads folder. 

You can find the Downloads folder by going to the Users folder on your Mac’s hard drive and clicking User. You’ll see it listed along with folders for Applications, Movies, Music, Pictures, Public, and Sites. 

If you wish to change where downloads go, go to Safari’s Preferences and select General. You’ll see a dialog box that allows you to select a new download location (by choosing Other) or have Safari ask you where you want a file deposited with each download.

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04:00
Mail Converter is a useful email migration tool for...

By Aaron Lee

Switching from one Mac email app to another: Stellar Data Recovery's Mail Converter is an all-in-one email migration utility for macOS (10.7 and higher) that lets you migrate your emails from one platform to another.

Sometimes there's a need to change your email clients — for better features, ease of use, functionality, and more. Mail Converter simplifies the tedious task of converting emails from one mail client to another.

With Stellar Mail Converter you can convert mailboxes from Apple Mail (MBOX, EMLX), Thunderbird (MBOX), PostBox (MBOX) and Outlook 2011 Backup File 2011 (OLM) to Apple Mail (MBOX) and Outlook 2011 (RGE). The converted mailboxes can be easily imported in Apple Mail/Outlook 2011 to view complete mail body, including attachments, keeping the folder organization intact.

Stellar Mail Converter is available as try-before-you-buy software from...

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Sunday February 26

23:00
Editorial: The future of Steve Jobs' iPad...




In 2010, Steve Jobs introduced the first iPad as a new product category between the smartphone and notebook. Born into ridicule, there's still a widespread misunderstanding of what iPad actually is, seven years later. Here's a look at why.

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19:53
TextExpander 6.1.7

Improves sync connection reliability and banishes an unwanted leading linebreak from some formatted snippets. ($40 annual subscription, free update, 6.4 MB)

 

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15:37
Logic Pros (101): Understanding Channel Strip...

In the first two installments of our new Logic Pros 101 series, we gave you an introduction to the interface and got you started with some recording and editing basics. This week, we dive into Channel Strips and the Mixer that houses them, a key to understanding how effects work and controlling the recordings on the tracks we created in previous lessons.

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15:27
Remote Desktop 3.9

Updates requirements to OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite, while adding optional compatibility mode for previous versions of OS X. ($79.99 new, free update, 13.4 MB)

 

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14:58
SoundSource 3.0.1

Addresses a couple of bugs in the recently revived sound preferences control tool. ($10 new, free update, 3.5 MB)

 

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13:32
How to stream the 2017 Oscars live on iPhone, iPad,...

Continuing the season of award shows, the 89th Academy Awards kick off tonight in just a few hours. The show, shot live in Los Angeles, will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and highlight the best films of the past year. As we did for the Super Bowl and The Grammys, read on for a full breakdown on how to stream The Oscars…

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13:24
The red carpet isn’t actually red, and other secrets...

I just learned more than I ever thought I would about the carpet at the Oscars.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:54
Apple says third-party iPhone screen repairs no...

This is great news for those of you who have had your screens replaced.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:08
How to draw an exoplanet

The artist renderings of what these new planets might look like are fascinating.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:53
So, um, how do you, like, stop using filler words?

With the explosion of podcasting comes an equal explosion of people not trained in public speaking. The funny thing is the fix is easy but hard to do.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:48
Slack for Mac 2.5.1

Reduces memory usage when loading teams. (Free, 64.6 MB)

 

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10:29
How to shoot a 360 video

With Ar/VR “on the horizon”, more and more 360 video is showing up. If you’d like to start creating your own content, this is a good primer to help you get started.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:01
The true story of the “Ellen Selfie”

We all know that selfie wasn’t a spontaneous moment so it’s interesting to see how it came about.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:59
EduTech: How to turn your notes & handouts into...

EduTech is a new 9to5Mac weekly series that will focus on technology’s application in education, lower and higher level, both for productivity and enjoyment. If you have suggestions for topics or specific questions you’d like to see answered, feel free to let me know. Catch up on past installments here

In this week’s edition of EduTech, we’re going to discuss how to turn paper documents and handwritten notes into searchable PDFs using your iOS device. There are a few apps that do this, but the app that we’re going to focus on is Scanbot

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09:55
Inside Jack White’s new vinyl-pressing paradise

We will never again have a format so wonderfully tactile as vinyl. I have nothing to play records on anymore and have no vinyl but I still have a fondness for the physicality of holding a record.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:27
Logic Pro X 10.3.1

Wide ranging list of bug fixes and improvements for the professional audio app. ($199.99 new, free update, 1.32 GB)

 

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08:43
The Travel Series: Backing up data when you're...

Apple World Today editor Steve Sande is on a fun vacation trip, so he’ll be providing readers with a lot of helpful tips over the next few weeks that can help them use their tech gear confidently and safely anywhere. 

The previous posts in this series include: 

Voice and Data Around The World

Packing Your Tech

Apps to Load Before You Leave

Today's been a beautiful day at sea, with...

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07:47
How do I choose a UPS? – Mac Geek Gab 646

Spring is almost here for the northern hemisphere, and that means it’s almost lightning season. It’s time to talk UPS’s and battery backups. Listen as John and Dave talk through all the permutations you’ll need to know to choose the right UPS for your setup. On top of that, a few things in Cool Stuff Found, solving mailbox syncing problems, and a deep discussion about how to rip movies and then to get them onto your iPhone or iPad!


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07:45
The new Moto G5s trade fun colors for mature looks

When Lenovo/Motorola first revealed with 4th-generation Moto G and Moto G Plus last year, it did so at a surprisingly secretive launch event in India. That was probably just as well: they were perfectly decent mid-range phones that didn't seem to exc...

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07:45
DJI's Matrice 200 UAV line is built for work

Until now, consumer drones have been primarily marketed towards hobbyists and filmmakers. At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Sunday, DJI revealed their latest drone line, the Matrice 200. These sensor-laden quadcopters are designed with commerc...

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07:30
Withings' wearables will adopt the Nokia name...

So long, Withings. The health and fitness brand will be retired this summer as the team adopts the name of its new owner: Nokia. The company's smart(ish) watches, scales and home security cameras will still be around -- they'll simply have Nokia, rat...

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07:30
Nokia will use its Withings health devices to send...

When Nokia bought French fitness technology company Withings last year, it was unclear exactly what the former smartphone maker had in mind. Withings makes smart scales, activity-tracking watches, and other devices to monitor your wellness, and it continued to update those even after the sale. But now Nokia’s plan is clear: The company will relaunch every Withings product with the Nokia name, overhaul the corresponding Health Mate app, and launch a platform for doctors and patients to share data from Nokia’s health devices. It’s ambitious, to say the least.

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07:00
Watch BlackBerry's KEYone event in under 5...

Last night here in Barcelona, BlackBerry announced all of the details about its KEYone handset at an hour-long event. Since you likely don't want to spend around 60 minutes rehashing the important info about the device, we've done the hard work for y...

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06:50
Huawei's P10 wraps familiar performance in...

When it comes to hardware launches, subtlety isn't exactly Huawei's strong suit. It's no secret the company would unveil its new P10 smartphone today, so now there's only one question left to tackle: how is the thing? Well, even in our brief time wit...

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06:00
HP's Pro x2 hybrid comes with a Wacom pen,...

Microsoft's Surface Pro was arguably the first tablet that could do serious work rather than just web-browsing, so HP ran with that idea for its original Pro x2 612 laptop back in 2014. With its latest model, the Pro x2 612 G2 (yes, that's a terrible...

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05:41
Huawei reveals the Watch 2 at MWC 2017

It was almost two years ago to date that Huawei unveiled the "Watch," the company's first Android Wear device. Today, at MWC in Barcelona, Huawei has just announced its successor, the imaginatively-titled Watch 2. Perhaps the first notable difference...

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05:18
Huawei unveils its Leica-branded P10 and P10 Plus...

Huawei made a valiant effort with the P9, even if its Leica hype didn't quite deliver. At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the company has unveiled its successor, the P10, with another dual-camera system endorsed by the 'red dot' company. It's a r...

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04:00
Google Assistant comes to recent Android phones

Yes, the leaks were true: you no longer have to buy a Pixel (or launch Allo) if you want official support for Google Assistant on your Android phone. As of this week, the AI helper will start rolling out to Android phones running Marshmallow or Nouga...

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04:00
LG G6 ditches modularity in favor of essentials

LG's handful of recent teasers for its new G6 flagship left us wondering if there'd be any surprises left for us at its launch event today. Back in early January, the company was rather frank about moving away from the G5's modular design due to a la...

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03:27
BBEdit 11.6.4

Fixes a number of bugs in the venerable text editor ($49.99 new, free update, 14.1 MB)

 

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03:16
LG's G6 is official

The LG G6 is official, but it's not much of a surprise. We already knew that the G5's modular capabilities were out, in favor of a more traditional aluminium and Gorilla Glass shell. We also knew that the phone would have an unusual 18:9 display, and...

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02:45
Live from LG's G6 Day at Mobile World Congress!

The time has come. The LG G6 hasn't exactly been a well-kept secret, but we're poised to finally meet the company's new handset in Barcelona. Keep you browser locked here for all the news as it happens via our MWC 2017 liveblog. Heck, we may even be...

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Saturday February 25

23:00
Get your LG MWC 2017 liveblog here

Coming to you live from Barcelona, we're delivering coverage of the LG MWC 2017 press event. Keep it locked here for all the news as it's announced at 12:00PM CET (6:00AM ET). We're expecting to finally meet the much-teased G6 in an official capacity...

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22:27
Editorial: The future of Steve Jobs' iPad...




In 2010, Steve Jobs introduced the first iPad as a new product category between the smartphone and notebook. It ended up dramatically shifting demand in the PC industry, but sales have since plateaued. Here's what Apple can do, has done and is doing to build iPad into the Post-PC future of computing.

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22:15
Get Free Bitcoins from 11 Faucets That (Still) Pay

We’ve upgraded our Bitcoin Faucet Guide with 11 faucets that still pay out. Bryan Chaffin explains how they work and shows you which faucets you can trust to pay when they say they will. [Updated with a new faucet I’m testing]


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21:32
Review: eero Wi-Fi is a solid option for Apple'...




With the rumor that Apple is discontinuing Airport and Time Machine Wi-Fi products, it leaves some users looking for new solutions. One new option might be Eero, one of the latest entrants in the field.

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21:19
Lowest price anywhere! Space Gray 15" MacBook...




Shoppers this week can exclusively save $350 on Apple's upgraded Late 2016 15" Touch Bar MacBook Pro in Space Gray with Radeon 455 graphics and no tax collected outside NY and NJ. Apple's 13" MacBook Pro is also $1,329 ($170 off) with our exclusive coupon.

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20:58
Augmented reality may save you from road rage

When you're driving, it's all too easy to rage at fellow motorists who are either in a hurry or taking their sweet time. After all, you don't know the context. Are they in a real predicament, or just careless? If TUe researchers have their way, th...

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20:28
Tinderbox 7.0

Major new release for the personal content assistant adds a number of new features. ($249 new, free update, 30.3 MB)

 

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19:33
Valve promises more realistic audio for VR

Most of the effort in improving virtual reality focuses on the visuals. But what about audio -- isn't it jarring to hear sound that clearly doesn't mirror the world you're in? Valve thinks it can fix that. It just released a Steam Audio kit that l...

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18:42
How to Turn Siri into a Metronome (Video)

I love this! Drummer Richy Ramirez posted a video to Instagram where he used Siri as his metronome. Really, he used her as both metronome and backing track. It’s clever and entertaining, both, and I love the beat he lays down on top. Check it out.

Apple just called me and said Siri is looking for a drummer… lol this was a blast! #siricollab

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17:59
2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid pumps out 680...

Porsche's most powerful Panamera ever is set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show. And in a nod to the times, and Porsche's own green car strategy, it's a plug-in hybrid.

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16:32
Dolby Vision software promises HDR on more of your...

Wonder why you can only get Dolby Vision's high dynamic range video on a limited number of devices? It's because you've needed specialized hardware -- if a device wasn't designed with Vision in mind, you're out of luck. Expect to see it in many more...

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15:01
iPhone muggers turn to phishing to access the device

If your phone was stolen or got lost somewhere, keep an eye out for any suspicious texts or emails: thieves and muggers could have a high-tech trick up their sleeves. A Brazilian woman who got robbed began receiving phishing attempts not long after t...

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13:29
Draft 5G specs lay the groundwork for a real standard

With all the hype around early 5G launches and tests, there's one glaring problem: the telecom industry hasn't really defined what 5G is. However, the super-fast wireless is starting to take shape. The International Telecommunication Union has publ...

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12:14
Review: CalDigit Thunderbolt 3 TS3 Lite dock for...




A bevy of Thunderbolt 3 docks for the 2016 MacBook Pro have arrived, and AppleInsider takes a look at the first one to cross our test bench -- the CalDigit TS3 Lite.

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12:00
Six Flags' new VR roller coaster is both...

Imagine screaming through deep space, swerving through the wreckage of exploding starships in a high-octane scene plucked straight out of a science fiction movie. Suddenly the universe stops, frozen in time as your body continues to hurl through the...

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10:54
BlackBerry's KEYone is an exciting return to...

With a global launch in the works and the hopes of diehards at an all-time high, the pressure was on BlackBerry and TCL to deliver on all that Mercury hype. We can't render an official verdict yet, but my gut tells me they're onto something. Say hell...

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10:40
DebianDog Is a Useful Pocket Pup


DebianDog offers a lot of functionality and customization that frees users from many of the restrictions of a Linux community tied up in developmental red tape. DebianDog is fast and focused on getting work done without a lot of distractions. However, it also is a disorganized desktop environment that can leave new users floundering. For example, the main menu is a mashup of standard system tools, DebianDog-specific utilities, Debian software, and tools to import some Puppy Linux software that's not designed to run on a Debian-based distro.

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10:31
BlackBerry's 'Mercury' phone is now...

What was once known as the BlackBerry "Mercury" is now the KEYone. (Yeah, I don't like the name either.) At a press conference in Barcelona, TCL -- the new steward of BlackBerry's hardware efforts -- introduced, or rather re-introduced, its first And...

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10:20
Apple shifts policy, says third-party screen repairs...

Apple is apparently changing its long-standing policy regarding third-party iPhone screen repairs. According to a memo sent to Apple retail employees, a customer having their device’s screen repaired by a third-party source no longer voids their warranty like it once did…

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09:55
We're live from BlackBerry Mobile's MWC...

And so it begins. The first big press conference of MWC 2017 is all about BlackBerry, specifically the so-called "Mercury." We were pretty big fans when we first met the QWERTY keyboard-packing phone at CES, a lot of you were too -- hopefully today's...

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09:44
Seiko to re-release the watch worn by Steve Jobs in...

One of the most iconic photographs of Steve Jobs shows him sitting on the floor in this Woodside, California home while holding the first Macintosh in his lap. On his wrist in that image is a very simplistic Seiko watch that has drawn a fair amount of attention, especially since the release of the Apple Watch.

Seiko has now announced plans to re-release the iconic watch…

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09:30
Recommended Reading: AI and the future of music

We Are the Robots:
Is the Future of
Music Artificial?
Jack Needham,
FACT

Artificial intelligence is invading more of our lives by the day and it's going to work making music as well. FACT takes a look at the use of robots for creative exploits and...

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09:02
Apple prompting iOS 10.3 users to enable two-factor...

Apple has started prompting iOS 10.3 beta users to enable two-factor authentication with a new push notification. The prompt has only started appearing over the last 24 hours or so and seems to have hit most users in the middle of the night last night.

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08:00
We're live from MWC 2017 in Barcelona!

It's the end of February, which means we're back in Barcelona once again. For the next few days, we'll bringing you coverage of Mobile World Congress 2017 as the news breaks here in Spain. BlackBerry kicks things off with a press conference this even...

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07:46
Become Tech Savvy: Navigating iOS with ease

First time checking out this series? You’ll get the most value by starting at the beginning, however you can also use the series overview if you’d like to go buffet style.

Note for regular readers, the already tech savvy, and IT professionals: this series is designed as a resource you can share with those you are helping or for those looking to become tech savvy on their own.

How to navigate iOS with confidence and ease
Background, Expectations, & Best Practices

Now that we’ve got the priorities of backing up your information and password management addressed it’s time to focus on becoming more confident in the everyday use of your devices. In today’s post we’re going to focus on the iOS...

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07:40
Rare iPod Classic prototype with red internal board...

A rare prototype second-generation iPod Classic has made its way to eBay this weekend. Offered up by user “TheAppleGuru,” the device has a red internal board dated 2002. The neat piece of product is currently listed for a whopping $99,995.

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06:41
This week’s top stories: Red iPhone 7, Apple Park,...

In this week’s top stories: Apple’s new campus gets a name, red iPhone 7 and 128GB iPhone SE rumors, revolutionary 3D iPhone 8 camera, and new unlimited data plans compared.

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06:00
Get your BlackBerry MWC 2017 liveblog right here

It's February, which can mean only one thing: the MWC tanks are rolling into Barcelona. We're expecting to see a lot of new phones and tablets, and the fun starts right here, later today with BlackBerry (via TCL of course). We're expecting to see the...

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05:00
Mobile games generated more than twice as much as...

Mobile app data and insights company, App Annie, and the International Data Corporation (IDC) research group have uunveiled a special joint report entitled, Gaming Spotlight, 2016 Review. The report analyzes the mobile video games market in 2016 from several vantage points and puts it in a broader, global gaming industry context.

"2016 was the best year yet for mobile games, with consumers spending nearly 25% more than the year prior," says Danielle Levitas, senior vice president of Research at App Annie. "The breakout success of Pokémon GO propelled mobile games further ahead of consoles, PC/Mac, and handheld consoles. As augmented and virtual reality technologies continue to emerge, we expect mobile will remain the largest revenue-generating platform for games."

Although games represented about 35% of total Apple App Store and Google Play app downloads...

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05:00
Al Gore Sells $29.5 Million In Apple Stock

An anonymous reader quotes a report from AppleInsider: A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Friday reveals Apple board member Al Gore this week sold 215,437 shares of Apple stock (APPL) worth about $29.5 million. Gore's stock sale, which was accomplished in multiple trades ranging from $136.4 to $137.12 on Wednesday, nearly matches a $29.6 million purchase of Apple shares made in 2013. When Gore bought the stock batch more than four years ago, he exercised Apple's director stock option to acquire 59,000 shares at a price of about $7.48 per share, costing him approximately $441,000. This was pre-split AAPL, so shares were valued at $502.68 each. Following today's sale, Gore owns 230,137 shares of Apple stock worth $31.5 million at the end of trading on Friday.


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05:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Letter from the Editor

It's been a banner week for Nintendo fanboys and girls, what with the company's new console finally making its way into reviewers' hands -- and giving Nintendophiles their first extended look at the Switch. Naturally, Engadget...

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04:30
TrendForce: iPhone 8 release is one of the most...

The next major iPhone release will certainly be one of the most anticipated events in the global consumer electronics market in the second half of 2017, according to TrendForce. The research group’s recent findings on the 10th anniversary iPhone release reveal that Apple’s latest refresh of the device series will include three new models, with one of them having significant hardware and design upgrades such as an AMOLED display.

TrendForce estimates that the production volume of the next iPhone devices for this year will reach at least 100 million units, of which the model with the AMOLED display will make up the greatest share. The production volume of all iPhone devices for 2017 is projected to total around 230 million units, representing an annual increase of almost 6%.

Next high-end iPhone will be the first in the series to feature AMOLED display in addition to other major design changes

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04:00
Gartner: personal assistants such as Siri keep...

A new Gartner mobile apps survey shows that the number of consumers using messaging apps and personal assistant apps such as Apple’s Siri is continuing to grow. The survey showed that 35% of respondents said they used virtual personal assistants (VPAs) in 2016, up four percentage points from 2015. Seventy-one percent of respondents used messaging apps, a 3% increase in 2016.

"We are witnessing the beginning of the post-app era based on the evidence that users are starting to use fewer apps actively on their smartphones," says Jessica Ekholm, research director at Gartner. "At the end of 2016, only 33% of survey respondents used six to 10 apps a month, which is down 6.2% from a year ago."

Users want rich and engaging app experiences and are increasingly looking for apps that can offer a multitude of services without users having to leave the app itself, she adds. This supports the move toward messaging and VPAs, and “...

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03:05
PSA: That Razer esports sponsorship email is a scam

So, you stream your gameplays and recently received a lucrative sponsorship offer via email from popular esports platform Team Razer. Exciting, right? Unfortunately, it's nothing but a scam -- that email is actually from a cyber criminal and not a "s...

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03:00
The Week in Apple News: iPhone 8 rumors, March iPad...

Apple headlines for the week ending Feb. 24, 2017

Image by Apple

There are rumors of an iPad event next month, and we’re seeing more speculation about the next iPhone as the year progresses. But besides anything i-related, there are plenty of Apple-related headlines in this week’s roundup. Check them out in this slideshow. Just click on the link to get more information.

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01:05
This week on AI: 3D facial recognition for '...




New iPhones may still be 7 months away, but that didn't stop a host of 'iPhone 8' rumors from emerging this week. Apple meanwhile revealed the name and opening date of its new headquarters, Apple Park, and one rumor teased the possibility of an "iPad Pro 2" and more at a March event.

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00:37
Apple, other tech giants will support transgender...

Several tech titans plan to sign an amicus (friend of the court) brief in support of a 17-year-old transgender student's fight in court, according to Axios. Apple, Microsoft, IBM, PayPal, eBay, Airbnb, Box, Yelp, GitHub, Salesforce, Slack and Tumblr...

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Friday February 24

20:59
Security error leaves NY airport servers unprotected...

In this day and age, hacks and subsequent leaks of user data would seemingly shock everyone into keeping their security up to date. Not so for New York's Stewart International Airport, located 60 miles north of Manhattan, which left its server backup...

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20:38
Twitch will let you change your username every two...

Starting today, you can change your Twitch username. What's more, you can do it every 60 days, and, seemingly as a shot at Microsoft and Xbox Live, it won't cost you a dime to swap from "FluffyJungle9991" to something a that's easier to commit to mem...

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20:01
First Unity-built cartoon proves the engine isn...

As the NBA's eSports league proves, video games are quickly becoming mainstream. Games are having a moment, and so are the tools used to make them. Case in point, the Unity game engine recently reached a big milestone. French animated show Mr. Carton...

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19:17
Stanford’s ‘Developing iOS 10 Apps with Swift’ free...

iTunes U pushed a version of Developing iOS 10 Apps with Swift. The free iOS tutorial series from the Stanford School of Engineering has been updated for iOS 10 and the current version of Swift. Reader Rick Allen turned me onto this release, calling it, “a great and free resource,” which seems like a great reason to pass it on. Reviews on iTunes are overwhelmingly good, too. The description says the 14-part course covers UI design, memory management, a model-view-controller paradigm, object-oriented databases, animation, power management, multi-threading, networking, and performance. And it’s free through iTunes U.


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19:17
Uber's credibility crisis is getting harder to...

The latest ripple effect from recent reports of ingrained sexism within Uber is that the engineer who originally wrote about them now says someone is trying to dig up dirt on her. Susan Fowler tweeted that "Research for the smear campaign has begun,"...

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18:04
Elon Musk thinks unions are bad for Tesla

Last night, tunneling fan CEO Elon Musk sent an email to Tesla employees firing back against allegations of poor working conditions and low pay. He rebutted claims made by Jose Moran, a production worker at the company's Fremont factory, that mandato...

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17:20
iPhone Screen Repairs By Third Parties Now Get Some...

Apple recently decided iPhone screen repairs by third-parties don’t fully void your warranty anymore. Affected iPhone will also qualify for warranty coverage as long as the repair isn’t related to the third-party display itself. Before, iPhones with third-party displays weren’t eligible for authorized repair under warranty from an Apple Authorized Service Provider.


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17:07
FCC head puts the brakes on new ISP privacy rules

In the latest chip at net neutrality, Federal Communications Commission has Chairman Ajit Pai has moved to put a halt to a set of privacy rules designed to shield customers' personal data from internet service providers.

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17:00
Apple board member Al Gore sells $29.5M of company...




A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Friday reveals Apple board member Al Gore this week sold 215,437 shares of AAPL stock worth about $29.5 million.

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