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Wednesday February 21

07:37
FaceTime helps save New York woman's life after...




A New York City woman claims Apple's FaceTime helped save her life, after symptoms of a stroke were spotted by her sister during a transatlantic conversation, leading her to seek medical assistance for the affliction.

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07:37
News: Apple in talks to buy its cobalt directly from...

Apple is looking to buy the cobalt used in its batteries directly from the mining companies who dig it up, Bloomberg reports. Apple is one of the largest consumers of the metal—used in the batteries that power its gadgets—but is looking to go directly to the source for the first time amid rising competition from the burgeoning electric vehicle industry. People familiar with the matter said Apple is trying “to secure several thousand…

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07:33
Why am I so terrible at email?

Ever heard the phrase "run into an asshole and they're the asshole, run into assholes all day and you're the asshole?" It's been rattling around my brain of late, after several miserable weeks caused by my apparent failure to be a good emailer. (Or m...

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07:23
Surprise! Alto’s Odyssey for iPhone, iPad Ships a...

The followup to the side scrolling adventure game Alto’s Adventure, Alto’s Odyssey, is available a day early for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.


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07:23
New ‘Angry Birds Champions’ spin-off for iOS lets...

A new Angry Birds title is out for iOS and it’s bringing a new take on the franchise. This time around, players will slingshot the well-known birds and compete for real money.

more…

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07:22
Mike Pence’s space council is big on business, small...

Yesterday evening, Vice President Mike Pence announced the candidates asked to serve on the National Space Council's Users Advisory Group. Members will have to be officially selected by the Administrator of NASA (a position which remains open). The s...

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07:21
Electric car boom prompts Apple to get serious about...

Enlarge / Cobalt chips (credit: Alchemist-hp)

Apple may cut out the cobalt middlemen by obtaining supplies for its batteries on its own. According to a Bloomberg report, Apple is in talks with miners to buy long-term supplies of cobalt, a key ingredient in the lithium-ion batteries used in Apple's iPhones and iPads. Apple has reportedly been in discussions to secure contracts for "several thousand metric tons" of cobalt each year for at least five years.

If a deal comes to fruition, it would be the first time Apple has...

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07:15
Apple has long-term plan, is working on products...




Following up on a "Most Innovative Company" award, business magazine Fast Company on Wednesday published a wide-ranging interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook, covering topics like the stock market, long-term plans, and the importance of Apple Music to the bottom line.

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07:12
Tim Cook FastCo interview: Apple not a follower;...

FastCo yesterday named Apple the most innovative company of the year, and it has today followed up with an interview with the company’s CEO, Tim Cook.

When you talk about your company as often as Cook does, it must be incredibly hard to come up with new things to say, and many of his comments are well-rehearsed. But there are a few interesting snippets …

more…

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07:01
Things 3.4 adds expansive new URL schemes for...

Cultured Code’s Things task manager is a popular option on the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, but it hasn’t talked to other apps very well in the past like other solutions. That changes today with Things 3.4 which adds expansive new features enabled by special URL schemes.

more…

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07:00
MLS eSports league's first tournament streams...

Last month, Major League Soccer became the latest US sports association to create its own eSports league, eMLS, which will exclusively run EA Sports' game FIFA 18. We knew its first-ever event would be a tournament (the eMLS Cup) at the upcoming PAX...

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07:00
Renault's 'smart island' runs on wind...

Renault has launched a "smart island" in Portugal that uses its Zoe electric vehicle, home batteries, smart charging and vehicle-to-grid (V2E) energy storage to run without fossil fuels. The idea is to make the Madeira island of Porto Santo energy in...

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06:59
News: Regulatory filings and code in iOS 11.3 beta...

A set of new regulatory filings with the Eurasian Economic Commission shows Apple has registered two new iPads, Consomac reports. The devices, listed as tablets running iOS 11, were registered with serial numbers that don’t correspond to any existing iPads. Last month, developer Filipe Espósito dug up references to an “iPad_Modern” in the iOS 11.3 beta that echoes the earlier use of “iPhone_Modern” to refer to the iPhone…

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06:41
'Alto's Odyssey' arrives on the App...

The buzz around Alto's Adventure sequel Alto's Odyssey has been brewing for over a year and now it's finally arrived -- a day early. Originally slated for release on February 22, keen-eyed fans have spotted it in the iTunes store today, meaning playe...

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06:33
Apple Maps vs. Google Maps vs. Waze

Arturrr:

In early 2017, a conversation with yet another Waze fanboy finally nudged me to start a navigation app experiment. I was skeptical that the Alphabet owned company could meaningfully best its parent’s home grown Google Maps. I was also curious whether Apple Maps had discovered competence since its iOS 6 release.

I thus set out to answer three questions:

  • Which navigation app estimates the shortest travel time?
  • How does each app over/underestimate travel times?
  • Which navigation app actually gets you to your destination most quickly?

Which led to these three conclusions:

  • If you want to get to your destination most quickly, use Google Maps.
  • If you want an accurate prediction from your navigation app to help you arrive at your destination on time, use Apple Maps.
  • If thinking you’ll get to your destination quickly helps to ease your commuter anxiety, use Waze.

Very interesting...

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06:31
'Alto's Odyssey' slides onto iPhone,...




'Alto's Odyssey,' a snowboarding-based endless runner for iPhone and iPad, has shipped a day earlier than its Feb. 22 release date, with players now able to buy the successor to the popular 'Alto's Adventure' from the iOS App Store for $4.99.

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06:27
Scientists have found a drug that can repair...

World Economic Forum:

Tideglusib works by stimulating stem cells in the pulp of teeth, the source of new dentine. Dentine is the mineralized substance beneath tooth enamel that gets eaten away by tooth decay.

And:

The team inserted small, biodegradable sponges made of collagen soaked in Tideglusib into cavities. The sponges triggered dentine growth and within six weeks, the damage was repaired. The collagen structure of the sponges melted away, leaving only the intact tooth.

Hell yes.

[Via The Overspill]

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:22
Jean-Louis Gassée: The trouble with HomePod reviews

Jean-Louis Gassée:

As a testament to Apple’s place in the pantheon of electronics, reviews for a new product from Cupertino come fast and — often — furious. HomePod, Apple’s contribution to the “smart speaker” genre, exacerbates the venomenon, pardon, phenomenon.

And these three rules for evaluating speakers:

First, we must keep in mind the influence of the room and our position in it, how reflective material can make music sound brittle, how carpets and curtains will deaden the sound — or provide welcome balance for an overly bright room.

Second, all speaker comparisons must be double-blind, where neither the person running the test nor the evaluators know which device is on at the moment.

Third, and most important, output level differences matter. Contestant speakers must be carefully equalized to within 1db, because in any comparison the louder speaker will always sound better.

And on tuning a speaker for a specific room:

How well...

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06:22
AI is making more realistic CG animal fur

Creating realistic animal fur has always been a vexing problem for 3D animators because of the complex way the fibers interact with light. Now, thanks to our ubiquitous friend artificial intelligence, University of California researchers have found a...

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06:19
Eurasian commission database filings hint at new (...

Apple has registered a handful of new devices in the Eurasian commission database that hints at new iPads coming soon, reports 9to5Mac. The filings are for tablets running iOS 11. 

9to5Mac opines that any iPad updates coming in the next couple of months are NOT ones equipped with FaceID. The Sellers Research Group agrees. Most likely they will be refreshes of the 9.7-inch “non-pro” tablet.

Revamped iPad Pros with FaceID and TrueDepth cameras should arrive in late summer or early fall. OLED panels will likely arrive on at least some high end models of the pro tablet line.

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06:17
iPhone X: How to Go to Your Last App from the Home...

There’s a gesture that’ll let you go back to your last-used app from the Home screen on the iPhone X—without having to invoke the app switcher! In this Quick Tip, we’ll show you how.


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06:14
iOS Messages and Smart Punctuation

John Gruber:

iOS 11 finally added a long-awaited feature for those of us who care about typographic details: smart punctuation. You can turn this on in Settings → General → Keyboards. When enabled, quotes and apostrophes (like “this” and ‘this’) are automatically turned into their proper counterparts (like “this” and ‘this’), two hyphens in a row (–) are turned into a proper em-dash (—), etc.

I say “finally” because MacOS has had the feature in the standard text editing system for many years, and I can’t think of a good reason why it wasn’t in iOS years ago.

And:

In some recent update to iOS (I think 11.2.5, but it might have been an earlier 11.2.x update), smart punctuation stopped working in Messages — and as far as I can tell, only Messages. Why? My best guess: unintended consequences when sending SMS messages.

I’m kind of shocked that it took this long for smart punctuation (which has been around in the Mac universe forever) to come to iOS....

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06:11
Tim Cook on the culture that led to iPhone X, Air...

Tim Cook from this FastCompany interview:

Even when we were idling from a revenue point of view–it was like $6 billion every year–those were some incredibly good years because you could begin to feel the pipeline getting better, and you could see it internally. Externally, people couldn’t see that.

On products like iPhone not being embraced right away:

[People said] it could never work because it didn’t have a physical keyboard. With each of our products there’s that kind of story. Over the long haul, you just have to have faith that the strategy itself leads to [financial results] and not get distracted and focus on them.

On distractions:

The priorities are about saying no to a bunch of great ideas. We can do more things than we used to do because we’re a bit bigger. But in the scheme of things versus our revenue, we’...

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06:09
Telstra fixes glitches that caused problems with...

Australian telecom Telstra has suffered a mass outage that has mass outage has seen customers experiencing widespread issues with Apple’s iMessage/Messages service, reports news.com.au. But the glitch has reportedly been fixed.

Starting early Wednesday morning (local time), customers in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane reported issues sending or receiving iMessages. Telstra has acknowledged the incident and said it’s fixed the issue.

“Earlier today some customers experienced a disruption to Apple iMessage and FaceTime services. We worked with Apple to resolve this issue,” a Telstra spokesman told news.com.au. “Services are now being progressively being restored. We apologize for any inconvenience this caused.”

Telstra is an Australian telecommunications and media...

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06:06
Dish separates out Sling TV subscribers for first...

Dish Network has for the first time separated out its Dish TV and Sling TV subscriber numbers. The company revealed the figures in its year-end financials for 2017 …

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06:02
Apple international regulatory filings hint that two...




Apple has obtained permission to sell two new iPads in several Eurasian countries, suggesting that the company is planning to announce them in the near future.

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06:00
Digitize those DVDs with a Lifetime License to MacX...

Still have a closet full of DVDs? Here's an idea -- get a great deal on a lifetime license to MacX DVD Ripper Pro, connect a DVD Drive (like the Apple SuperDrive) to your Mac, and get ready to turn those discs into digital files. MacX DVD Ripper Pro is the gold standard for Mac DVD digitizing software, and today's deal gains you a single lifetime license for $15.99 or a family lifetime license for just four dollars more.

Why is MacX DVD Ripper Pro so highly regarded in the Mac community? Unlike shareware or freeware alternatives, MacX DVD Ripper Pro is faster, produces better results, and is constantly updated and supported. 

  • Convert DVDs to popular...
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06:00
'Angry Birds Champions' lets players fling...

Angry Birds Champions is now available on iOS devices and through the developer's website, allowing players to fling their feathered friends against precarious piles of pigs in a bid to win real money for the first time. The game is accessible throug...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Lofree Poison: Nostalgic Powerful...

For Wednesday’s iLounge Deal, you can get the Lofree Poison for only $79.99 — that’s 32% off the regular price. This wireless speaker is both retro and powerful, with a vintage 1950’s look combined with a portable wireless design that lets you stream music anywhere via Bluetooth. It features an enhanced bass driver and ultra large diaphragm to pump out powerful bass and full mids and trebles, plus 20-watt amplifiers for room-filling…

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05:59
Apple may buy cobalt directly from miners for the...

Apple is in talks to buy long-term supplies of cobalt directly from miners for the first time, seeking to procure "several thousand" metric tons of cobalt per year for a period of at least five years, Bloomberg reports.

The tech giant is one of the largest users of the metal. The move is designed to buffer Apple's reserves of the key lithium ion battery ingredient amid industry fears of a shortage driven by the electric vehicle boom. 

About a quarter of global cobalt production is used in smartphones. Last year Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg named Apple among several companies the miner was talking to about cobalt. Glencore engages in the production, refinement, processing, storage, transport, and marketing of commodities worldwide.

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05:51
External Link: Federal Judge Rules Embedded Tweets...

If you thought the U.S. legal concept of copyright had caught up with the Internet, you’d be wrong. District Court Judge Katherine B. Forrest has ruled that you could infringe copyright by embedding someone else’s tweet on a Web page. The case in question involves a photo of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady that the photographer, Justin Goldman, posted to a Snapchat Story. Others then tweeted the photograph, and those tweets were embedded by various publications, who Goldman is suing. The problem is that in-line linking is one of the core capabilities of the Internet, and if the logic surrounding this ruling were extended more broadly, it would have a chilling effect on common Internet behavior. (Too bad no one listened to Ted Nelson in the pre-Web days, since his Xanadu hypertext system understood the importance of maintaining — and paying for, with micropayments — ownership of embedded content.)

 

Read the full...

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05:31
US AG creates a new 'Cybersecurity Task Force...

Days after the Mueller investigation revealed indictments against 13 Russian nationals for election tampering, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new Cybersecurity Task Force. Its marching orders are a bit vague -- "canvass the many ways t...

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05:21
AT&T names first three cities for multi-gig 5G...

AT&T promised it would start rolling out what it claims will be the first true mobile 5G service before the end of the year, and it has just announced the first three cities in line to receive it.

We plan to offer mobile 5G to customers in a dozen cities, including parts of Dallas, Atlanta and Waco, Texas, by the end of this year. We’ll announce additional cities in the coming months.

The company says that the commercial rollout follows multi-city trials …

more…

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05:02
Apple in talks to buy cobalt directly from miners

Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. is in talks to buy long-term supplies of cobalt directly from miners for the first time, according to people familiar with the matter, seeking to ensure it will have enough of the key battery ingredient amid industry fears of a shortage driven by the electric vehicle boom.

And:

About a quarter of global cobalt production is used in smartphones.

It’s a race to lock up cobalt supply, a race between smart phones and tablets, versus the emerging electric car market.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:00
Bad Apple #2: Alphabetize Settings in iOS

Navigating the Settings app in iOS has become ever more difficult over the years — did you know there are over 1200 options in it? — but in this installment of Bad Apple, we have a simple suggestion that could make most trips to the top level of the Settings less frustrating: alphabetization!

 

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05:00
Apple wants to remove your skeleton (well, from a...

Yesterday, I reported that Apple had filed for a second patent for a “scanning depth engine” that generates 3D profiles. The tech giant has also been granted a patent (number 9,898,651) for “upper body skeleton extraction from depth maps,” which would facilitate gesture controls on a Mac or an Apple TV.

A "depth map" refers to a representation of a scene as a two-dimensional matrix of pixels. They can be processed in order to segment and identify objects in the scene. Identification of humanoid forms (meaning 3D shapes whose structure resembles that of a human being) in a depth map, and changes in these forms from scene to scene, can be used as a means for controlling computer applications. 

An example would be a computer-implemented method in which a depth map is segmented so as to find a contour of a humanoid body. The...

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05:00
Facebook Messenger adds an easy way to start group...

If you've ever tried initiating a group voice or video call on Messenger, then you know that it's not intuitive at all. You'd have to hang up on your friend, start a new group convo and then call from within that window to be able to talk to several...

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05:00
Watch SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch its internet...

A SpaceX Falcon 9 is blasting into the skies today carrying Hisdesat's PAZ satellite, which will spend five and a half years carrying out radar and imaging work for the Spanish government and businesses. The launch, which uses a first stage booster p...

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04:45
Uber launches first new service in three years, and...

Uber has announced the US-wide rollout of its first new service in three years: a next-level version of its ride-sharing service UberPool, called Express Pool …

more…

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04:30
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 streams music to...

Qualcomm's newest flagship platform, the Snapdragon 845, already promises a lot of things to be excited about in terms of its graphics, camera support and AI processing, and now the company has announced a Broadcast Audio function, which will let use...

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04:30
Qualcomm's sample headset teases what's...

Ahead of Mobile World Congress, which is taking place in Barcelona next week, Qualcomm has announced a VR headset reference design based on its latest Snapdragon Mobile VR platform. The new system works on the Snapdragon 845, the company's latest pre...

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04:06
Eurasian filings hint at two new iPad models coming...

Apple has registered a handful of new devices in the Eurasian commission database earlier this week, as discovered by Consomac. Legal obligations require devices that use encryption to be registered ahead of release. In the past, similar filings have tipped the hat on new MacBook models, the iPhone 7 and AirPods.

The latest entries represent two new devices, with model identifiers A1954 and A1893, which are described as Apple tablets running iOS 11. This suggests that new iPads are coming sooner rather than later.

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04:01
Apple may buy cobalt direct from mining companies,...

Apple is reportedly in talks about buying cobalt direct from miners in a long-term deal set to span five years or more. The report is given weight by the CEO of one mining company confirming Apple has held discussions about cobalt, which is used in the lithium-ion batteries which power Apple devices.

There would be two benefits to Apple in striking such a deal …

more…

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03:47
The Morning After: Spotify plots its own smart...

Hi there! Watching the PyeongChang Winter Olympics? Been watching them in VR? We have. We also have news of a Burnout comeback (The Best Driving Game) and Amazon brings its Prime rewards to Whole Foods shoppers.

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03:30
Failure of Pixel 2 exposed a larger problem: Google...




Across 2017, Google heavily promoted its Pixel phone brand. Despite being lauded as being "the world's most valuable brand" and its status as the world's largest purveyor of advertising, all of Google's global efforts, including DoubleClick and YouTube, resulted in inconsequential Pixel sales. Worse than its failure to sell hardware is the fact that Google has proven that its advertising simply isn't very effective.

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 21, 2018

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

macOS Apps/Updates

AKVIS has updated eight of its artistic programs available as plugins and standalone applications: AirBrush, Charcoal, Draw, OilPaint, Pastel, Points, Sketch, and Watercolor. 

The new versions offer the updated Texture Library, new Random Patterns frame, some interface changes, and other improvements. Each program can be purchased individually or in AKVIS Artistic Bundle at half price for a limited time. They’re compatible with macOS 10.7 or higher.

Gro Software has announced Gro CRM integration with Stripe. Gro CRM is a remarkably easy-to-use and intelligent business contact management...

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03:15
Australian carrier Telstra acknowledges FaceTime,...

If you’re a wireless customer in Australia, this is not a nifty thing.

Telstra, one of Australia’s largest mobile carriers, is experiencing a widespread outage of iMessage and FaceTime services. Oddly enough, this outage only seems to affect Apple’s services, as everything else functions normally. The carrier has confirmed the outage on Twitter and says it is working on a fix.

At this point, it’s unknown as to when a fix will be available. The issue appears to primarily be affecting the eastern coast of Australia, though users in Perth are also reporting issues.

As the outage continues, Telstra has encouraged its users to send all of their iMessages as traditional SMS texts.

The company has also offered the following statement:

Our team are working to fix an issue with Apple iMessage and Facetime for some customers. You can continue to send and receive SMS messages. We’ll provide an update ASAP.

If you press and hold on the message that...

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03:04
Alto’s Odyssey now available on iPhone, iPad and...

Sequel to the hit title Alto’s Adventure, Alto’s Odyssey is now available in the App Store ($4.99) for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV … a day earlier than planned. The game went up for preorder earlier this month with a Feb 22nd date, but it’s definitely downloadable right now.

I’ve been testing the game for the last few weeks and it really is a beautiful sequel to the original game. Endless runners tend to be generic, dull and almost algorithmic. Alto’s Odyssey is the opposite with rich music and visuals and an incredibly engaging progression of missions and tasks, as well as the endless quest of getting an ever-higher score for the run. The game shines on the iPhone X’s wide-aspect ratio display.

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03:00
Apple files for updated trademark for classic...

The ever-classic rainbow Apple logo may be making a comeback, though it’s unlikely to be placed on any computers. The company filed for a new trademark to use the logo on hats and other headgear.

Apple already sells t-shirts with the old logo, so this new trademark filing is a hint that hats and caps may be on the way. Alternately, it could be a move to keep people from making knock-off products.

The rainbow Apple logo was originally designed in 1977 when company co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were creating the Apple II computer. Apple continued to use the rainbow logo until 1997, when it switched over to the single-color logo used today.

Apple has yet to say what it plans to do with the rainbow logo, though it’s expected to show up at the Apple Park Campus visitor center.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via...

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03:00
Uber officially launches ‘Uber Express Pool’ in...

After being piloted in Boston and San Francisco, Uber is officially launching Express Pool in those two cities along with Los Angeles, DC, Miami, San Diego, Philadelphia and Denver. The ride-hailing company plans on launching the service in more citi...

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02:02
Google's Gboard can now search emoji, stickers...

Gboard is making it easier to look for the perfect emoji, sticker and GIF in one go -- at least for beta testers on Android. As 9to5google reports, the keyboard's latest beta update adds a "Search all media" option that surfaces all the results it ha...

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Tuesday February 20

23:14
Apple reportedly in talks to buy cobalt, key Li-ion...




Apple is reportedly in talks to secure long-term cobalt supplies directly from miners, a strategy designed to buffer reserves of the key lithium ion battery ingredient as the company competes with car makers looking to use the metal in electric car production.

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21:31
AT&T to launch mobile 5G in Atlanta, Dallas and...




After teasing an initial rollout phase for its next-generation 5G network in January, AT&T on Wednesday got a little more specific by naming the first three cities that will gain access to the speedy mobile technology by the end of 2018.

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20:59
AT&T will launch mobile 5G in Atlanta, Dallas...

AT&T is finally willing to say exactly where you'll see mobile 5G in 2018. The carrier has confirmed that "parts" of Atlanta, Waco and its home turf of Dallas will adopt the standards-based service when it goes live before the end of the year....

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18:46
∞ Apple posts new iPhone photography videos

Longtime iPhone photographers will already know these but my non-techy wife found them very informative and helpful.

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18:08
Australian carrier Telstra working on fix for Apple...




Telstra, one of the largest cellular carriers in Australia, is working on a fix for an apparent services outage impacting customers major metropolitan areas attempting to access Apple's iMessage and Facetime features.

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17:45
Telstra acknowledges widespread iMessage &...

Update: Telstra says the issue has been resolved and service is being “progressively restored.”

Earlier today some customers experienced a disruption to Apple iMessage and FaceTime services. We worked with Apple to resolve this issue. Services are now being progressively being restored. We apologise for any inconvenience this caused.

Telstra, one of the largest mobile carriers in Australia, is experiencing a widespread outage of iMessage and FaceTime services. Oddly enough, this outage only seems to affect Apple’s services, as everything else functions normally. The carrier has confirmed the outage on Twitter and says it is working on a fix…

more…

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17:14
Lowest Prices Anywhere: $900 off loaded 15"...




More exclusives have just arrived! In addition to deals on iMacs and iPads, B&H is now knocking $900 off two Late 2016 15" MacBook Pros with an abundance of upgrades, including faster processors, extra storage and better graphics. Prices for the premium models start at just $1,899 with no tax outside NY and NJ.

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17:00
Fast Company Names Apple Most Innovative Company in...

Apple beat out Netflix, Square, China’s Tencent, Amazon, Patagonia, CVS Health, The Washington Post, Spotify, and the NBA, the other top ten companies.


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16:10
Samsung To Cut OLED Production Due To Poor iPhone X...

Samsung's panel-making division, Samsung Display, is reportedly reducing OLED panel production at its South Chungcheong plant due to lower than expected iPhone X sales. According to Nikkei Asian Review, Samsung now plans to cover 20 million or fewer iPhone X devices for the quarter ending in March, a large decrease from the expected 45 to 50 million units. CNET reports: Apple sold 77.3 million iPhones in the quarter ending in January, down by 1 percent on the previous year. The $1,000 price tag on the iPhone X was blamed for the volume shortfall -- but also contributed to the company making record-breaking profits. Samsung did not respond to CNET's request for comment.


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15:14
Instagram Direct adds new replay options as it looks...

One of Snapchat’s most popular features is its private chat platform, which is coincidentally the sole feature that Instagram has struggled to copy. Instagram, however, has started to roll out new capabilities to its Direct platform that it hopes will give it an advantage over Snapchat…

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15:09
iOS Messages and Smart Punctuation

iOS 11 finally added a long-awaited feature for those of us who care about typographic details: smart punctuation. You can turn this on in Settings → General → Keyboards. When enabled, quotes and apostrophes (like "this" and 'this') are automatically turned into their proper counterparts (like “this” and ‘this’), two hyphens in a row (--) are turned into a proper em-dash (—), etc.

I say “finally” because MacOS has had the feature in the standard text editing system for many years, and I can’t think of a good reason why it wasn’t in iOS years ago. I can say it’s not a difficult programming job to solve because I’ve solved it in the more difficult context of smartening punctuation in prose without messing up the necessary dumb quotes inside HTML tags.

In some recent update to iOS (I think 11.2.5, but it might...

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14:57
Spotify May Turn to Hardware to Solve Its Platform...

Spotify appears to be turning to hardware to solve what Bryan Chaffin calls the Spotify platform problem, and it may be turning to hardware to solve it.


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14:30
Apple adds 22 more banks to list of institutions...




Apple continues its expansion of financial insitutions that will process Apple Pay transactions, with the latest additions bringing 22 more to the table.

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14:02
Three autographs by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs...




A Boston company is planning to auction three items autographed by late Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs, rare items from a public figure typically believed to have been averse to giving out his signature.

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13:55
Apple posts three new tutorial videos covering...




Apple on Tuesday published a fresh batch of tutorial videos to its official YouTube channel covering different facets of iPhone photography including overhead photos, black and white snapshots, and slo-mo timing.

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13:43
031: RIP Twitter for Mac, Apple fixes Telugu bug,...

Today we’ve got Twitter pulling its Mac app, Apple’s Telugu bug fix, and AirPlay 2 disappearing again.

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

https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/9to5mac-daily-02-20-2018.mp3

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13:31
AR/VR Startups Will Compete in the 10th Annual SXSW...

Registration to attend the event is open, with badges ranging from US$545 to US$1650.


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13:28
Apple World Today News Update: February 20, 2018

Photos by Kacie Anderson

It's Tuesday - be sure to watch AWT TV tonight live at 6:30 PM PT / 9:30 PM ET on https://youtube.com/c/appleworldtoday as Steve Sande and Marty Edwards bring you an hour of iOS and macOS tips! Here's some news for you while you wait:

  • AirPlay 2 disappears from the latest betas of iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3
  • Samsung announces a new line of SSDs for enterprise, one of which has a 30.72 TB capacity
  • Samsung's also seen its smartphone market share drop in the company's home country of South Korea, where Apple and LG keep increasing their share
  • A Pennsylvania woman credits her Apple Watch with possibly saving her life after a drunk driver hit her car, temporarily blinding her
  • That news about Apple filing for a new trademark for the rainbow logo? It's a nothingburger. 

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This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today,...

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13:25
Here are the latest banks & credit unions to add...

Apple Pay is continuing its rollout in the United States today, coming to a handful of new banks and credit unions. While the mobile payment platform has been long supported by most of the major banks in the United States, it’s been slowly coming to smaller banks and credit unions. Here’s the full list:

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13:16
Get a 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for $...

We really admired the 2016 MacBook Pro when it first came out, and the then-new Touch Bar led us to say that it has the “best bits of iOS in a really great Mac.”

It’s such a good machine that it’s still a smart buy just a couple of years later. If you’ve been looking to upgrade but aren’t quite ready to face the prices for a 2017 model (which is essentially the same notebook but with some under-the-hood improvements), you can now pick up one of the most powerful versions of the 2016 rig from B&H for an impressive $700 off Apple’s price.

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13:14
AirPlay 2 disappears from newest iOS 11.3 & tvOS...




Despite prior support in Apple's development track, AirPlay 2 appears to have been removed from the third iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3 betas, issued earlier on Tuesday.

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13:12
How to Get Around One of the Most Annoying macOS (...

One of the most annoying features of macOS is the persistent notification of available software updates. John shows how to get back in control.


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12:56
macOS: 5 Ways to Find and Launch Mac Apps

There are multiple ways to find and launch Mac apps, and we’re here to tell you about 5 of them.


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12:56
Apple shares new video tips on shooting B&W...

Apple has released a trio of new how-to videos today with tips on getting the most of iPhone’s camera. Two of three focus on taking better photos, while one shares a tip on editing slo-mo video.

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12:55
How to ensure you're getting full credit...




Although the Apple Watch does a lot of its fitness tracking without any help, it isn't perfect, and there are a few things you can do to guarantee the most accurate possible results.

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12:46
Leaked memo suggests Nokia's health business is...




Less than two years after Nokia bought health and fitness gear maker Withings for $192 million, the major investment appears to be problematic for the Finnish company, as a new memo suggests its health business may not last much longer.

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12:32
AirPlay 2 removed from iOS and tvOS 11.3, suggests...

In today’s iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3 updates, Apple has removed AirPlay 2 support from both platforms, hinting that the feature will be delayed until further down the road, possibly coming with a future iOS 12 release.

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12:08
Track the Position of Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster...

Ben Pearson, an electrical engineer by training, has put together a website that tracks the Tesla Roadster that the SpaceX Falcon Heavy put into orbit around the sun. His website scripts extract data from  from JPL Horizons to provide continuous updates on the position of Roadster’s passenger Starman. Check it out.


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11:28
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11:20
Apple Releases iOS 11.3 Developer Beta 3

Hot on the heels of macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 developer beta 3, Apple released iOS 11.3 developer beta 3 on Tuesday. So far, it looks like the update squashes some bugs, but doesn’t add new features.


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10:56
∞ The Dalrymple Report: HomePod thoughts with Dave...

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I have known Dave Mark for a few years and I have never seen him so excited about a product as he is about HomePod. It made sense to get him on the show and talk about what he feels are the good and bad points about HomePod.

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10:45
Setapp, the Netflix of Mac apps, is better than ever

I’m a general hater of subscription-based services but I have no problem recommending Setapp and, with a seven-day free trial that doesn’t require a credit card, it’s a bit of a no-brainer to try it out and see for yourself.

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10:33
Apple releases iOS 11.2.6, macOS 10.13.3 update, and...

Internet trolls had a great time causing Apple products to freeze last week thanks to a bug involving a specific character from India’s Telugu language. Fortunately, the party’s over now, as Apple released a barrage of updates that patch the issue on iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watches, and Apple TV boxes.

Take our word for it: update your devices now. You’re most likely to encounter the bug on your iPhone and iPad, so be sure to get the iOS 11.2.6 patch on your device straight away.

Apple’s had to deal with some high-profile bugs in the last few months, but this one, while obscure, was particularly nasty. All someone had to do was send a message with the specific character to an app like Messages, Facebook Messenger, or WhatsApp, and the app would freeze while Apple’s software struggled to interpret the character.

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10:30
Review: Apple HomePod — Part 1: Audio Performance

On June 9, 2017, during their WWDC Keynote, Apple announced the HomePod. On stage, Phil Schiller said that the HomePod was a "breakthrough home speaker" that would "revolutionize home audio." These are lofty claims. Apple didn't limit themselves to just smart speakers, but would instead revolutionize home audio in general. This promised revolution has made the HomePod is one of the most challenging products we have yet reviewed — not because it's particularly hard to describe (it's a bass-heavy smart speaker) or to use (voice commands, a tap interface, and AirPlay), but because of the weight that Apple's promise carries. Most products — especially speakers — promise big, but the HomePod has had the unique effect of setting expectations just as big. Since its launch, audiophiles that normally wouldn't touch a smart speaker are writing exhaustive reviews and comparing the HomePod to $90,000 stereo systems. Publications that had previously given only the most superficial...

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10:24
12 sweet cases for the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro

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Apple’s new 10.5-inch iPad Pro hits a sweet spot for many—it’s big enough to offer productivity gains, yet small enough to still be pretty portable. If you’re using the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro as a laptop replacement and toting it all over town with you, you’ve probably realized this by now: You need a case or some sort of protection for it. It’s still an iPad, after all, not a laptop, and that big, bright, 10.5-inch screen is easily damaged. But don’t worry—we’ve got your back. Here are some of the coolest cases on the market.

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10:21
Apple Seeds macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 Developer Beta...

The two biggest known new features in this release cycle are Messages on iCloud and Business Chat, plus the gorgeous wallpaper included with iMac Pro.


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10:18
Apple posts new macOS, iOS, tvOS betas for developers

Apple has updated three OS beta releases — macOS High Sierra 10.13.4, iOS 11.3, and tvOS 11.3 — for developers. 

All can be be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center — if you’re a registered developer, that is. I’d expect to see public betas available within the week.

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10:18
News: Apple releases third iOS 11.3, tvOS 11.3 betas...

Apple has released the third betas of iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3 to registered developers. While iOS 11.3 adds a few interesting new features, the third beta seems to mostly consist of bug fixes and relatively minor improvements, following the introduction of the battery health feature in iOS 11.3 beta 2, although iOS 11.3 beta 3 is also now available for the sixth-generation iPod touch, which was excluded from the two prior betas. It is likely that updated…

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10:11
Aeon Timeline 2 for Mac and Windows: $11.99

We have a deal for you today on Aeon Timeline 2 for both Mac and Windows. This tool is designed to help you organize even large projects and manage your workload. You can manage events, entities and relationships, dependencies, and even story timelines for novels and other creative writing. You can also link events with images, external documents, and websites to better track research and supporting documentation. You can get this license for both platforms for $19.99, but coupon code USA40 will get you another 40% off until 11:59PM tonight, February 20th. That brings the price down to $11.99.


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10:08
iPhone X Perceived Failure, Siri’s Device Delegation...

John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about the perception that iPhone X sales are tanking, plus they explain Siri’s hierarchy in deciding when it should respond from your iPhone, iPad, or HomePod.


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10:06
Apple issues third beta releases for iOS 11.3, macOS...




Apple has updated three OS beta releases, with third revisions of the High Sierra 10.13.4, iOS 11.3, and tvOS 11.3 now available for developer testing.

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09:59
Apple releases iOS 11.3 beta 3 for iPhone and iPad

Two weeks after the second developer beta, Apple has released iOS 11.3 beta 3 for registered developers to test on iPhone and iPad. We’ll dig in to the new version and detail changes below.

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09:59
Apple releases macOS 10.13.4 beta 3 for developers

Apple has released macOS 10.13.4 beta 3 for registered developers to test on compatible Macs. We’ll dig in to the new version and detail changes below.

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09:59
tvOS 11.3 beta 3 for Apple TV developers now...

Apple has released tvOS 11.3 beta 3 for registered developers to test on Apple TV (fourth-gen) and Apple TV 4K. We’ll dig in to the new version and detail changes below.

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09:50
Rumor: Apple will unveil a new iPhone SE at the 2018...

Chinese website QQ  — as noted by Cult of Mac — claims Apple will unveil a new iPhone SE at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).

The article says the iPhone SE 2 will have a bigger display (4.2 inches), an A10 processor that’s better equipped for iOS 12 (when it arrives), plus 2GB of RAM. QQ also claims the smartphone will come in 32GB and 128GB storage options. The rumor adds that it will retain Touch ID and a physical home button and forego FaceID.

Chances the rumor is true, according to the Sellers Research Group (that’s me): 50%. The specs sound about right, but I can’t imagine Apple unveiling a new iPhone at WWDC. Those announcements and products almost always arrive in the fall.

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09:33
Review: App control of DSLRs with the MIOPS Mobile...

Photography apps for our iPhones and iPads let us do some pretty amazing things, all in part due to the supercomputer in our hand being able to control a pretty decent camera. But even the best iPhone camera can’t hold a candle to the flexibility and image-capturing capability of a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera equipped with a big sensor and a variety of lenses. The US$125 MSRP MIOPS Mobile Remote ($99.99 on Amazon, Amazon affiliate link) bridges the power of both devices — smartphone and DSLR to create a hybrid device that’s better than both. 

MIOPS Mobile Remote. Photo © 2018, Steven Sande

If you'd prefer a less expensive option but still want app control of your DSLR, MIOPS also offers the Mobile Dongle (US$37 MSRP, requires separate camera cable) that uses the same MIOPS Mobile app...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 15″ Touch Bar MacBook Pro $450...

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09:19
News: Apple renews Carpool Karaoke for second season

CBS has announced that Apple has renewed Carpool Karaoke for a second season, 9to5Mac reports. The show’s Apple Music version was delayed to scrub the episodes of potentially offensive language and met with mixed reviews after finally being released. Apple has shied away from pushing the envelope in its video content, since the company reportedly plans to release its first few projects to everyone with an Apple device and that leaves top executives…

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09:13
Fast Company ranks Apple as world's 'Most...




Business magazine Fast Company on Tuesday selected Apple as its "Most Innovative" company of 2018, spanning 350 enterprises and 36 categories.

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