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Friday September 8

00:55
Taxify halts operations following Transport for...

When you're a ride-hailing company, a lot can happen in a week. Just three days after it brought its private hire app to London, Taxify has suspended all rides as it seeks to clarify its standing with the capital's transport authority. Transport for...

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00:02
American Red Cross is launching a drone disaster-...

Starting next week, a drone will hover over Houston, assessing the damage Hurricane Harvey caused and finding areas that need more help. The American Red Cross will conduct the survey in one of the most badly affected areas of the city for a week as...

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Thursday September 7

22:24
Netflix anime parody 'Neo Yokio' loads up...

If you were wondering why the next Vampire Weekend album is taking so long, now you have your answer. It seems lead singer Ezra Koenig has been busy working on an anime with his celeb pals. We heard rumblings about it in the past (from Jude Law and K...

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21:53
HomePod hardware purportedly pops up in China and...




Though Apple is not due to open HomePod orders until December, versions of the hotly anticipated Siri-equipped speaker appear to be in testing by employees in the U.S., while one Instagram user seems to have snagged a unit in China.

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20:39
HomePod spotted in the wild ahead of December launch

Ahead of its special event next week to announce all-new iPhones, Apple is seemingly ramping up HomePod testing. A pair of posts to social media show the HomePod expanding into the wild, with Apple employees testing it in their homes ahead of the official release in December.

more…

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20:25
Suspected Apple VCSEL supplier reports shipment...




Finisar, a manufacturer of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSEL) thought to be supplying hardware to Apple, on Thursday said it was forced to push shipments out to October due to a problem with current production units, though the delay is not predicted to impact "iPhone 8."

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20:18
Florida Gov: Use Google Maps for real-time road...

Google and Florida have teamed up to make Maps a much more useful resource for the state's evacuation plans in preparation for Hurricane Irma's arrival. Florida Governor Rick Scott has advised residents to use various apps and websites to help them n...

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18:48
Retrospect 14.5

Adds support for macOS 10.13 High Sierra, plus integration with MySQL, PostreSQL, and MongoDB databases. ($119 new, free update, 178 MB)

 

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18:41
Record your band’s demo with this tiny cylindrical...

If you've ever attempted to record a little music demo of your own, you know that these days, the wealth of technological options can be a little overwhelming. Audio company iZotope, known for its pro-level recording gear and software, might just sol...

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18:15
Time uses iPhone to shoot magazine covers for '...




Time Magazine selected iPhone as its photography tool of choice for the upcoming "Firsts: Women Who Are Changing The World," a multi-platform documentary magazine series and companion book featuring influential women.

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17:45
The Google Drive App For PC, Mac Is Being Shut Down...

Google announced in a blog post today that the Google Drive app for desktop will be shut down. The Verge reports: Support will be cut off on December 11th and the app will shut down completely on March 12th, 2018. Users who are still running the Drive app will start seeing notifications in October that it's "going away," and the company will steer customers towards one of two replacements depending on whether they're a consumer or business user. Google Drive the service isn't going anywhere. You can still access it from the web, smartphone apps, and either of the software options mentioned below. Google now has two fairly new software tools for backing up your data and/or accessing files in the cloud. There's Backup and Sync, the all-encompassing consumer app that replaces both the standalone Google Drive and Google Photos Uploader apps. It offers essentially the same functionality as Drive and works much the same way. And on the enterprise side, Google has rolled out Drive File...

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17:38
T-Mobile has the fastest and most consistent mobile...

Speedtest owner Ookla has revealed its findings about who has the fastest mobile network in the United States. The outfit found that T-Mobile took the top spot over Verizon and AT&T with average speeds hitting 23.17 Mbps, 21.13 Mbps and 20.05 Mbp...

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17:20
Disney to keep Marvel & Star Wars movies...




After late 2019, Disney's upcoming streaming service will be the only place the public can stream Marvel and "Star Wars" titles, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced at a Los Angeles media conference on Thursday.

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17:04
Fox chief expects home rentals of theatrical films...

Apple has long been working to make movies still in theaters available for home rental, but now the head of 20th Century Fox says a deal could come within the next six to 12 months….

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17:01
Photo of Steve Jobs Theater construction show...




A photo taken during construction of Apple's Steve Jobs Theater reveals the comfy leather seats media and employees will be enjoying in less than a week, when company executives are expected to take the stage to unveil a host of new products.

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16:40
‘Killer Instinct’ on Steam supports Xbox One and...

More and more games are supporting cross-play between Xbox One and Windows 10 as part of Microsoft's big "Better Together" summer push. But the newest Killer Instinct is opening the doors between those systems and Steam, allowing players on all three...

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16:21
Time Magazine exclusively uses iPhone to photograph...

iPhones have been used in a multitude of different photography projects, including many magazine covers, movies, and more. Now, Time explains that it has exclusively used an iPhone to shoot its “Women Firsts” edition this month…

more…

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16:10
Next US Elections: Open Source vs. Commercial...


San Francisco in January could become the first U.S. city to adopt open source software to run its voting machines. City officials last month authorized consulting group Slalom to prepare a report on the benefits and challenges involved in using an open source voting machine platform. The city voted to pay Slalom $150,000 for its research. Meanwhile, the city this year will pay Dominion Voting Systems $2.3 million to renew its contract for the company's proprietary voting machine software. That system is nearing the end of its life cycle.

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16:09
The latest 'South Park' game is hardest if...

South Park writers Trey Parker and Matt Stone haven't ever really shied away from social commentary (president Donald Trump notwithstanding) and that doesn't look like it's changing with the upcoming South Park: The Fractured but Whole. When creating...

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16:03
Another report says OLED 'iPhone 8' to...




Another report has surfaced suggesting Apple will stagger the launch of new iPhone models expected to debut at a special event next week, lending credence to speculation that a hotly anticipated "iPhone 8" with OLED screen will ship later than an iPhone 7 revamp.

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16:00
Apple Pay FAQ: The ultimate guide on how and where...

Apple Pay—the company’s flagship mobile payment platform—has had breathtaking growth since its introduction about three years ago. Apple Pay transactions continue to rise, and more banks, retailers, and countries continue to join. You can even use Apple Pay to complete web transactions via Safari, too.

Plus, you’ll be able to participate in peer-to-peer payment transactions through Apple Pay as soon as iOS 11 comes out of beta, similar to Venmo and Square Cash. This upgrade is billed as one of iOS 11’s marquee features.

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15:46
AWT News Update: September 7, 2017

Apple Park interior rendering

Things are a bit quiet this week, thanks to the anticipation of next week's Tuesday Apple event. But we still have enough unpublished news items to give you one of our patented News Updates!

  • Yesterday's hacker attack wasn't, and today there was an iCloud Mail outage that was never reported
  • More code has been found showing that there will be a fifth-generation Apple TV and that it will support High Dynamic Range content
  • Amazon has Apple Park envy and wants to spend $5 billion on a new "second headquarters" somewhere

The text version of the podcast can be read below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Apple News readers need to visit Apple World Today in order to listen to the podcast.

Text Version

This is Steve...

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15:38
Yet another report says the iPhone 8 will ship later...

Apple is slated to unveil three new iPhone models next week, including two iterative models and an all-new high-end iPhone 8 (or iPhone Edition). TechCrunch, however, reports that the iPhone 8 won’t actually ship to consumers until later this year, sometime after the iPhone 7s.

more…

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15:32
Relive the first 11 seasons of 'South Park...

While we tend to post more about South Park video games around here, television's most crass social satire is equally important, really. To that end, Paramount Pictures has just announced that the entire 11-year run of South Park will be available on...

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15:03
Google Drive is being replaced by Backup and Sync:...

Google will turn off its Drive app for PCs and Macs, replacing it with two new cloud-storage apps: Backup and Sync for consumers, and Drive File Stream for business.

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14:50
New ElevationDock 4 for iPhone and iPad features...

Popular Apple accessory manufacturer ElevationLab has announced today its latest dock for iPhone and iPad. The company is calling it “The best dock for iPhone,” and while it’s too early to say for sure, it definitely looks like it has the potential.

more…

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14:49
EU holds first cyber wargame to test its response

The past couple years have seen a growing amount of foreign interference in elections, both in the US and in Europe. The European Union's defense ministers held a cyber wargame to test their response to coordinated physical and social media attacks....

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14:29
Equifax security breach leaks personal info of 143...

One of the largest security breaches ever has come to light today as Equifax revealed attackers used an exploit on its website to access records for 143 million US citizens (for reference, the US has a population for 323 million or so, that's about 4...

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14:26
KITA: Apple has the largest share of China’s...

Samsung saw its share of China's smartphone market drop in the second quarter, while Apple claimed the top spot. According to the Korea International Trade Association (KITA), Chinese customers owned 48 million Samsung cellphones as of the end of June, while 171 million owned iPhones.

Chinese brands, including Huawei, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi, ranked second to fifth, according to KITA (http://m.yna.co.kr/mob2/en/contents_en.jsp?cid=AEN20170906008200320), with 132 million, 124 million, Vivo with 108 million and Xiamoi, respectively. Samsung placed sixth on the list.

Premium phones worth 4,000 yuan or more accounted for only 6.4% of the total second-quarter smartphone sales, with iPhones taking up an overwhelming majority, according to KITA. Nearly 63% of phones sold in the Chinese market in the quarter were low- and mid-end products with a price tag of less than 2,000 yuan (about US$305.60...

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14:20
Review: Kanex GoPlay Sidekick Bluetooth Wireless...

Although Apple debuted the App Store in 2008 — allowing a flood of games to land on the iPhone, iPod touch, and later the iPad — it wasn't until 2012 that the first Apple-authorized game controller appeared in the form of the Duo Gamer — a good concept hobbled by very limited game support and an unsustainable price tag. It took another two years after that before other players entered the market, first SteelSeries with its Stratus and Stratus XL game controllers, and then Mad Catz with its C.T.R.L.i and C.T.R.L.i Micro, after which the iOS game controller market once again got fairly quiet, with SteelSeries introducing Nimbus for the Apple TV in 2015, but little else. Now, another two years later, Kanex has thrown its hat into the ring with GoPlay Sidekick, a $60 pocket-sized controller designed specifically for iOS devices that packs in a rechargeable battery and includes a case that also doubles as a stand.{/exp:char_limit}
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14:19
iCloud Mail seemingly experiencing widespread...

Apple’s iCloud Mail service appears to be experiencing a widespread outage this afternoon. Many users on Twitter report being unable to access their iCloud Mail accounts, while several 9to5Mac employees are seeing the same…

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14:18
Analyst: if the ‘iPhone 8’ is delayed more than...

Bernstein analyst Tony Sacconaghi tells CNBC that the rumored delay for the upcoming “iPhone 8” could push customers towards a different device. The Wall Street Journal claims multiple production issues could push availability of the next ten smartphone back “about a month.”

Sacconaghi thinks customers will tolerate up to a three-week delay on the premium iPhone model (shown in fanciful mock-ups). However, a delay into the start of 2018 could turn away holiday shoppers looking for a new phone. 

"If the phone is materially constrained once we hit the holiday season, post-October 15, then it's worrisome," Sacconaghi said during CNBC's Fast Money.

However, as...

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14:16
Imminent arrival of HDR iTunes Store content...




Expectations of high dynamic range (HDR) support in the iTunes Store -- and on a fifth-generation Apple TV -- were reinforced on Thursday with the discovery of yet more code referring to the technology.

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14:11
Former Amazon.com analyst pleads guilty to insider...

Authorities said Brett Kennedy gave fellow University of Washington alumnus Maziar Rezakhani nonpublic information from Amazon’s database, showing that the retailer would lose less money and report higher revenue for the first quarter of 2015 than Wall Street expected, in exchange for $10,000 cash.

Oh my.

And

Rezakhani, also 28, pleaded guilty in July 2016 to mail fraud, bank fraud and filing a false tax return after being accused of defrauding Apple Inc AAPL.O, a small bank and various shippers in connection with his iPhone resale business.

This guy is crooked in everything he does.

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14:00
Porsche InnoDrive moves cruise control forward --...

By Jordan Golson

A few years ago, I tried adaptive cruise control for the first time — a week in Boston's horrific commuting traffic, in a Volvo XC60. It was a revelation. Without the need to constantly brake and accelerate, stop-and-go traffi...

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13:50
Apple crushes Samsung in China as iPhone attracts...




Young smartphone buyers in China are preferring to buy low-priced domestic brands over phones from Samsung, but the loyalty rate in buying another Oppo or Vivo phone is half that of buyers getting another iPhone-- which remains the largest installed smartphone base in China.

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13:41
This pen can determine whether tissue is cancerous...

When surgeons are removing a tumor from a patient, determining whether they have taken out all of the cancerous cells or if they should extract more tissue is a problem they all face. Typically, the margins of a tumor are assessed after the surgery i...

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13:36
HomeKitty is a crowdsourced HomeKit shopping guide...

HomeKit-compatible accessories have been slowly increasing since Apple debuted the platform. One of the glaring issues that remain to this day is that finding these accessories can be cumbersome. Although Apple has its own official list, it’s not without delays in showing updates. In comes HomeKitty: a crowdsourced list of HomeKit-compatible accessories.

more…

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13:19
Squeezing your HTC U11 will do a lot more soon

One of my biggest gripes about HTC's U11 is that its Edge Sense gimmick -- which lets you squeeze the phone to activate shortcuts -- didn't actually let you do very much. Well, that's about to change. The company is going to push a software update to...

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13:01
The Wirecutter's best deals: Save $20 on a...

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

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12:55
ElevationDock 4 is first Apple MFi-certified...




Five years after its highly successful Kickstarter campaign launched the first ElevationDock, Elevation Labs is back with a new model featuring an integrated Lightning plug, braided cable, and one-handed use that ensures it will stay in place when an iPhone -- ?with or without a case -- is removed.

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12:44
BMW is reportedly making an all-electric four-door...

Like most car companies, BMW has been dabbling in electric vehicles lately, with models like the all-electric Mini and a longer-ranged version of its electric i3 model. The car company has to keep up with its competitors, like Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz a...

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12:24
Indiegogo requires campaigns to disclose product...

Crowdfunding has brought a lot of great projects to life, but fundraising on the frontier brings risk -- like unexpected issues delaying product deliveries for years or cancelling campaigns outright. Indiegogo wants to shore up trust in its platform,...

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12:02
Fitbit’s Ionic smartwatch will help diabetics track...

Fitbit is pairing up with Dexcom, a company that creates continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices for people with diabetes. In an announcement today, the companies say that their first initiative is to bring Dexcom's monitoring device data to Fitb...

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11:50
Google said to be eyeing purchase of 'Pixel 2...




Reports are emerging from China that a deal that would result in Google taking a controlling interest in -- or buying out completely -- HTC's struggling smartphone business.

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11:43
The Quill Apple Pencil Case from Pad & Quill

The Apple Pencil is an odd little beast. With no built-in way for it to nestle with its natural partner — the iPad Pro — the Pencil has a tendency to wander. The accessory artisans at Pad & Quill have come up with The Quill Apple Pencil Case (US$39.95), a very chic way to keep your Apple Pencil nearby and looking good. Here’s “Mr. P” (Brian Holmes) talking about The Quill:

Design

Brian just told you all about the design features of The Quill Apple Pencil Case, but in case you didn’t want to watch the video, we’ll reiterate them. First, it’s made of 100% American full-grain leather. Let’s Make American Cows Great Again! The leather is put together with marine grade stitching. 

Available in Galloper Black, Whiskey and Chestnut finishes, The Quill is just 7-1/8 x 3/4 inches in size. Magnets are hidden in one side of...

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11:41
Intel installed its 3D camera system in eight more...

Intel's 360-degree replay system is already in place for Major League Baseball and has been available for the National Football League in Baltimore, Houston and San Francisco for some time. The technology company has just announced that it will expan...

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11:22
'L.A. Noire' is coming to HTC Vive and...

Red Dead Redemption 2's release might've gotten pushed into next spring, but Rockstar Games has something else to fill that gap: an unexpected HD (and UHD) remaster of its 2011 detective simulator L.A. Noire. This goes beyond the expected gussied up...

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11:11
Global Cyberattack on Energy Sector Stokes Deep Fears


The hacker group known as "Dragonfly" is behind sophisticated wave of recent cyberattacks on the energy sectors of Europe and North America, Symantec reported Wednesday. The attacks could provide the group with the means to severely disrupt energy operations on both continents. Dragonfly launched a simililar campaign from 2011 to 2014, but it entered a quiet period in 2014 after Symantec and others exposed its activities. The current campaign began in December 2015, Symantec noted.

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11:02
Facebook’s fact-checkers say the company is...

Facebook has been plucking away at its big fake news problem over the last few months. So far, it has cut off fake news sites from ad revenue and blocked advertisements from Pages that spread fake news. It has also deprioritized false reports and pos...

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11:00
Latest drone video from Duncan Sinfield shows...

On Tuesday, we'll be treated to the first interior views of the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park, which will be the likely location of many future product reveals by Apple. Drone pilot Duncan Sinfield has been treating folks to wonderful videos of the construction of Apple Park, and in this latest video you can see a group of people -- Apple execs, perhaps? -- standing inside the completed facility.

Be sure to watch this in 4K if you can!

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11:00
iPhone's Summer Production Glitches Create...

Yoko Kubota, Tripp Mickle, and Takashi Mochizuki, reporting for WSJ: Apple's new iPhone, which is expected to be unveiled Tuesday, was plagued by production glitches early in the manufacturing process this summer, according to people familiar with the situation, which could result in extended supply shortfalls and shipping delays when customers start ordering the device later this month (alternative source). New iPhones are typically in short supply when first released. But if shortfalls of the new phone extend beyond the initial sales period, which is expected to begin September 22, they could weaken analysts' and investors' projections for sales in the crucial holiday period. The production glitches led to a setback of about a month in the manufacturing timetable. Foxconn, the Apple contractor that assembles iPhones, has been ramping up production at its manufacturing complex in Zhengzhou, China. The company is paying bonuses to employees who can help bring new hires on board at...

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10:53
Ditching Touch ID in 'iPhone 8' wasn'...




A new report claims that Apple clung on to hope that it could retain Touch ID in the "iPhone 8," and any delays in shipping the new unit are apparently related to last-minute changes waiting on a breakthrough in the sensor being embedded in the screen.

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10:46
The makers of HipChat are launching their Slack...

The Slack competitor space is a little crowded these days. There's Facebook's Workplace, Microsoft's Teams, Google Hangouts and Doist's Twist. Now, Atlassian, the makers of HipChat, are introducing another option -- Stride.

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10:43
Comment: How a Twitter hack taught me to take online...

Ask anybody about the importance of online security and data management, and you’ll probably hear similar advice. Back up your files regularly. Don’t use the same weak password everywhere. Enable two-factor authentication. A digital life necessitates a layer of precautions that can be repetitive and even exhausting to maintain. It’s easy to brush off the warnings we’ve all heard hundreds of times because “that’ll never happen to me.” Until it does.

When I went to sleep last Monday night, I had no idea that I’d open my eyes to dozens of confusing notifications and my Twitter account taken over by a security hacker group. It caught me completely off guard, but it didn’t have to be that way. Hopefully by relaying my story and some hard lessons I learned along the way, I can help you avoid the same situation as you manage the safety and security of your online accounts and data.

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10:31
Google Drive's Backup & Sync app adds...




Google has made a small but crucial update to the Google Drive Backup and Sync client for the Mac, introducing Apple File System compatibility for systems running macOS High Sierra.

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10:31
Hobbyist gives iPhone 7 the headphone jack we'...

For those of you who miss the iPhone headphone jack, you're definitely not alone. But Strange Parts creator Scotty Allen missed it so much that he decided to add one to his iPhone 7. He just posted a video of the project's entire saga, with all of it...

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10:27
Ireland searches for firm to manage Apple’s 15...

The National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) launched a search on Wednesday for asset managers to take care of the money as it is held in escrow while the Government and Apple appeal a 2016 European Commission decision that Apple received €13 billion in illegal state aid in the decade to 2014.

This is going to be an incredibly long process, so the money needs to be managed wisely.

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10:26
How we created Time magazine’s first iPhone portfolio

These are wonderful photos of amazing women. That they were shot so quickly on something as “simple” as an iPhone (and three different models at that) shows the power of the device in the hands of an accomplished photographer.

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10:25
iPhone 8 rumors: Production delays may mean the new...

Update September 7, 2017: Those new iPhones that will be introduced next week? Reports say that that you could be in for a longer wait before you actually get your hands on one. Go to the “What’s the latest?” section for all the new details.

Apple is still selling tens of millions of iPhone 7s every month—but all everyone can talk about is what’s coming next. After all, 2017 marks the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, so Apple is reportedly gearing up to make this year’s model extra special.

To...

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09:59
External Link: Tim Cook Promises Support for Apple’s...

After President Trump announced that he is ending the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Tim Cook penned an email to Apple employees voicing his disapproval. Cook added that Apple would be working on behalf of its 250 DACA employees both in Congress and the courts to keep them from being deported. Trump is waiting six months before ending the program and has called on Congress to legislate a replacement.

 

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09:57
Report: the UK averages one iPhone for every two...

finder.com, a personal finance comparison website with over three million users worldwide, has shared research with Apple World Today with some interesting stats about iPhones to celebrate the upcoming release of the “iPhone 8.” 

Apple doesn't release UK sales numbers, finder.com estimates 32 million iPhones have been bought in the UK since 2011. That's one Apple smartphone for every two people in the UK. 

However, as much as the UK loves Apple, finder.com also finds that iPhones, on average, cost £36.40 more in the UK than the U.S. The website estimates that British buyers have spent £1.2 billion more than U.S. customers in total. (Apple has offered no concrete explanation for these pricing differences that I know of).

The number of iPhones purchased was estimated by finding the number of new iPhone users, and adding that to the number of existing iPhone users who would want an upgrade. You can find the...

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09:57
How Apple finally made Siri sound more human

Anything Apple can do to make Siri better is a welcome thing. I’ve heard comments from iOS 11 beta testers that Siri sounds different. I just want “her” to work better.

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09:57
WSJ: iPhone 8 production month behind, Foxconn...

The Wall Street Journal has published a new report on iPhone 8 production ahead of Apple’s major unveiling next week. While the lead suggests Apple is having trouble making the redesigned iPhone altogether — which is hitting stock — the story as a whole largely echoes what regular readers have been following this summer. The WSJ describes iPhone 8 production as about a month behind schedule, but claims iPhone maker Foxconn is offering bonuses to employees who can bring in new hires.

more…

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09:53
Hands-on: Propel Star Wars iPhone-connected high...




Through a mix of attention to detail, fan service, and miniaturized technology, Propel has made a flying toy that intends to delight both children and longtime Star Wars fanatics. AppleInsider offers a closer look at the new high-performance battling drones in our initial hands-on.

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09:50
News: Apple continues to expand video content team...

Apple is continuing to expand its video content team with the hiring of four more Hollywood executives, Variety reports. Not surprisingly, most of the new hires are veterans from Sony Pictures Television, following on from Apple’s hiring of Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg from Sony in June. The new executives include Kim Rozenfeld who previously headed up current programming at Sony Pictures Television and will be joining Apple as the future…

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09:39
Homekit support is coming to Netatmo's Welcome...

The indoor and outdoor home security cameras will be compatible with HomeKit by the end of 2017.

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch Bands $5, Twelve...

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

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09:23
Latest ARKit demos show hand-tracking beer pong,...




New demonstrations using Apple's ARKit may suggest some of the possibilities of the augmented reality platform, including the integration of hand tracking.

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09:04
Pebble watch creator wants your iPhone to charge...

Okay, I’m not sure this is what people had in mind when they suggested bundling AirPods with the iPhone. Pebble smartwatch founder Eric Migicovsky and friends are back with a new Kickstarter campaign for the PodCase, an iPhone battery case that also stores and charges your AirPods.

more…

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09:03
Google Drive/Backup and Sync app now compatible with...

For the past several months, users running the beta version of macOS High Sierra have been out of luck when it comes to support for the Google Drive Mac app. Now, shortly before we’re likely to see the official release of macOS 10.13, Google has updated its software to work with the new Apple File System.

more…

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08:57
iZotope Spire Studio portable multi-track recorder...




The new iOS-exclusive iZotope Spire Studio connects to an iPhone through wi-fi to control a multi-track recorder, allowing for nearly any space to be used as a convenient recording studio.

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08:44
Video: Apple Watch loads Frogger onto an Atari 2600

Our buddy Niles Mitchell (AKA napabar on YouTube) is back with another one of his fun videos. This time, Niles is using a Starpath Supercharger plugged into an Atari 2600 game console, connected to a small Bluetooth receiver that's linked to his Apple Watch. With a tap on the Apple Watch, he quickly loads Frogger onto the Atari console and away we go!

By the way, it's always somewhat nice to know that the Atari 2600 is really an ancient piece of technology -- it was released on September 11, 1977, before I graduated from engineering school! I was just 19 years old at the time. 

The Supercharger added a whopping 6KB of RAM to the 128 bytes of storage built into the Atari 2600. 128 bytes...

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08:20
Lyft to deploy self-driving cars in San Francisco...




Lyft will soon begin a limited test of self-driving cars for passengers in the San Francisco Bay Area, targeting one of the most important ridesharing markets.

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08:15
12 yoga poses for people who aren’t flexible

I’ve always been about as flexible as a plank but, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve really noticed a significant additional stiffening. My SO is an accomplished yoga practitioner and has encouraged me to start off slow doing these kinds of poses.

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08:02
Crowdfunding: Won’t Get Fooled Again

My love affair with crowdfunding is officially over.

For a long time, I’ve been a huge fan of Kickstarter and Indiegogo, having backed a number of successful campaigns. I was even such a proponent of crowdfunding that Ross Rubin invited me to be his co-host on his Backerjack podcast. But now, you can count me out on spending a dime on any future campaigns.

Many of the Indiegogo campaigns I backed over the years worked out quite well, at least initially. In 2014 I backed a movie that still hasn’t been released, but it’s completed and now well on its way to limited distribution. In early 2015 I happily supported Typed, a blogging platform from Dan Counsell and the crew at Realmac Software. Sadly, Typed appears to have gone the way of the Dodo and Edsel, but it was a great idea and worth the cost of the experiment -- plus, the folks at Realmac Software have been...

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07:47
Amazon looking to spend Apple Park-like $5 billion...




Following in the footsteps of Apple and Google, Amazon appears ready to start the process to build a massive headquarters in the United States -- but for Amazon it will serve as a second base of operations.

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07:36
While Apple Music is the least popular streaming...

Apple Music is the least popular streaming music service across the U.S. population as a whole, according to a new Fluent report seen by us, coming behind YouTube, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Google Play Music, Spotify and Amazon Prime Music. But that’s not surprising, for two reasons …

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07:21
Review: OWC Thunderbolt 3 dock is the only game in...




Vendor OWC has been supplying Mac users with upgrades for more than two decades, and the company continues that commitment with its own Thunderbolt 3 dock -- AppleInsider examines the offering.

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07:10
Avira debuts the Free Security Suite for macOS

Avira has introduced the new Free Security Suite for Mac. It’s “the world’s first free security package for Mac users that combines security and privacy features into a single suite at no cost,” according to Alexander Vukcevic, director of Avira Protection Services.

It combines the Avira Free Antivirus for Mac together with the Avira Phantom VPN. As an additional protection layer, the browser extension Avira SafeSearch Plus is also part of the suite. This combo is designed to protect Mac users against incoming malware, secures their privacy anywhere against online spying, unlocks geo-restricted content and delivers secure search results, Vukcevic says.

The Avira Free Security Suite for Mac is free to install and use. Functionality on Phantom VPN is limited by a monthly bandwidth ceiling. The Avira Free Security Suite for Mac is available for download and requires macOS 10.11 or higher. 

Avira has also released...

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07:02
Logitech announces HomeKit availability on Circle 2...

Logitech has announced Circle 2 Wired home security cameras and mounts now work with Apple’s HomeKit. HomeKit is a framework that allows control of compatible home automation devices through iOS and Siri.

You can set up your Circle 2 Wired camera with the Apple Home app and enjoy access to live camera video on your iPhone and iPad, notifications to your lock screen on iPhone or iPad or right on your Apple Watch, and home automation such as turning on the lights automatically when motion is detected by the camera.

The Circle 2 Wired camera, and the camera when attached to the Plug Mount or Window Mount all work with Apple HomeKit. New and existing Circle 2 Wired owners can all take advantage of...

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06:45
Apple hedges bets on Toshiba, getting 20% stake in...

In what’s beginning to feel like the world’s longest-running takeover battle, Foxconn has been pressing the case for its own bid for Toshiba’s chip division. It faces competition from two rival bids, from KKR and Bain Capital …

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06:44
Logitech adds HomeKit to Circle 2 Wired, says Apple...




Logitech on Thursday released a firmware update for the $180 Circle 2 Wired, making it just the second security camera currently available on the market to support Apple's HomeKit platform.

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06:29
Foxconn wants to buy Toshiba’s memory chips unit...

Taiwan-based Apple supplier Foxconn is pressing for a deal that would give it 25% of Toshiba's chip manufacturing business with Apple controlling 20% of the equity, according to Bloomberg.

Toshiba is spinning-off its core memory chip business and seeking outside investors in it. Apple could be interested as the move would allow it to lock in memory technology for its iPhone and other products.

Foxconn has broad support for its offer from Apple, Sharp, and SoftBank and is ready to proceed right away, Louis Woo, a spokesman for the company, told Bloomberg. He didn’t specify how much Foxconn is offering for the business, but “people familiar with the matter” say it’s bidding more than the two rival groups led by KKR & Co. and Bain Capital, the article adds.

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06:29
Spotify and Hulu now offer an incredible $5 bundle...

This morning, Spotify and Hulu announced that the two services will now be bundled together for students for $4.99 per month. Considering the streaming music already offers an education-focused plan for the same price, this essentially delivers Hulu for free.

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06:27
Apple strikes deal with Warner Music, looks to pay...

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A catalog of music from high-profile artists including Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and others will populate Apple Music. According to a Bloomberg report, Apple has struck a deal...

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06:19
Proposed deal would give Foxconn 25%, Apple 20% of...




Foxconn is pressing hard for a deal that would give it 25 percent of Toshiba's chip manufacturing business -- an arrangement that would end up with Apple controlling 20 percent of the equity as well.

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06:09
Hacking Siri

[VIDEO] FastCoDesign:

Chinese researchers have discovered a terrifying vulnerability in voice assistants from Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Samsung, and Huawei. It affects every iPhone and Macbook running Siri, any Galaxy phone, any PC running Windows 10, and even Amazon’s Alexa assistant.

Using a technique called the DolphinAttack, a team from Zhejiang University translated typical vocal commands into ultrasonic frequencies that are too high for the human ear to hear, but perfectly decipherable by the microphones and software powering our always-on voice assistants. This relatively simple translation process lets them take control of gadgets with just a few words uttered in frequencies none of us can hear.

First things first, this is not terrifying. But it is interesting.

You can watch a demo in the video embedded in the main Loop post. Not sure there’s a software fix to prevent this. Seems to me the audio in processor would have to have access to...

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06:04
An Apple patent hints at an iPhone with strobe...

Do you run with your iPhone? If so, at some point, the Apple smartphone may serve as as strobe light to alert others of your presence, especially if you’re exercising in conditions with little lighting.

According to the filing of patent 20170255351 for “handheld devices as visual indicators,” a computing device (that would be the iPhone) is configured with a multifunctional backlit display. The backlighting can be operated in at least a first mode and a second mode. In a first mode, the backlighting provides luminance to the display so that images on the display can be easily seen. In a second mode, the backlighting provides visual stimulus for relaying information to a user or a user's surroundings.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that handheld electronic devices usually include backlighting, which illuminates the LCD from behind so that the text and graphics can be easily seen in low light conditions. The backlighting is typically user selected, i.e., the user can...

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06:02
How to use the People album in Photos for Mac

Use Photos on the Mac? Spend a few minutes going through this writeup by Lory Gil. Terrific walkthrough of the People naming process/options.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Droplr Four-Year Subscription

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering a four-year subscription to Droplr for only $39.99 — that’s 90% off the regular price. This handy tool and cloud service helps you take the struggle out of digital collaboration by letting you easily share your files with anyone, anywhere — simply drag a file to the Droplr icon on your desktop or hit the short cut, and it gets automatically uploaded to a cloud server where you can share it with…

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05:58
Hacking an iPhone 7 to add a fully functioning...

[VIDEO] Scotty Allen:

I’ve spent the past four months in Shenzhen, China, modifying an iPhone 7 to add a fully functional headphone jack. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time anyone has done anything like this.

In April, I decided to finally upgrade my iPhone 6s to an iPhone7 to get better camera quality for the videos I was shooting when I was out on adventures in the industrial markets and manufacturing world. But I was super annoyed that it doesn’t have a headphone jack! I already have headphones I really liked, and I didn’t like the idea of having to keep track of an adapter just to use them.

So I figured I’d add my own – after all, how hard could it be?

It turns out, really really hard. But possible.

Great self-interview. This is the guy who made his own iPhone 6s from scrounged parts. He’s open-sourced his design, if you are of a mind to do this yourself.

My favorite question:

Q: How much did it...

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05:58
New ARKit demo apps preview hair coloring, and a fun...

Augmented reality looks set to have quite an impact on the beauty sector. After recently looking at a demo app for lipstick and other make-up, AR specialist ModiFace is back with a new demo app – this one allowing you to see how different hair colors would look before you take the plunge.

Using AI powered by analysing a staggering 220,000 hair color photos, the app shows in real-time video how your hair would look in any color of your choice …

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05:52
Apple: Developer Center issue due to a bug, not...

Apple’s Developer Center down for a while on Wednesday, and many feared it was due to a hacker attack. Many accounts had profile information changed to a Russian address.

However, Apple has issued a statement — as noted by 9to5Mac -- the issue – suspicious as it appeared – was in fact due to a bug.

Here’s Apple’s statement: “Due to a bug in our account management application, your address information was temporarily displayed incorrectly in your account details on the Apple Developer website. The same incorrect address was displayed to all affected developers. The underlying code-level bug was quickly resolved and your address information now shows correctly.

“There was no security breach and at no time were the Apple Developer website, applications, or services compromised; nor were any of your Apple...

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05:50
Listen to music in VR, turn individual instruments...

This interesting experiment from Song Exploder uses WebVR to play tracks that surround you with instruments which you can switch on and off, live.

So far, there are only 6 tracks in the library, hoping that number grows over time. But cool to play with. It works in a regular browser, though not as effective as with a real VR setup. Be sure to use headphones.

If this interests you, check out the Song Exploder podcast, which brings on artists who walk through a specific song, layer by layer.

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05:44
Rumor: no ‘iPhone 8’ until October due to OLED...

Following reports that Samsung could be the sole supplier of OLED displays for the upcoming “iPhone 8,” Bloomberg reports that Apple will have to wait until at least 2019 to have another source for the displays.

Quoting unnamed “people familiar with the matter,” the article says LG has been in discussions with Apple to supply OLED technology as quickly as possible, but it’s come across multiple challenges. Among those: securing enough evaporation machines, a key tool in churning out the displays. Though LG finally managed to secure these machines this year for installation, it has to scramble to get the production yield sufficiently up to meet Apple’s requirements, so the...

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05:41
Apple reaches music deal with Warner, eyes Sony pact

Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. has secured a deal for songs from Warner Music Group, the technology giant’s first agreement with a major label since introducing its on-demand music service two years ago, according to people familiar with the matter.

Warner will provide Apple a catalog spanning Ed Sheeran, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bruno Mars for both iTunes, the online store, and Apple Music, the streaming service. Apple plans to pay record labels a smaller percentage of sales from Apple Music subscribers than it did under its first deal for the streaming service, the people said, asking not to be identified discussing private information.

And:

Sony Music Entertainment, owner of the second-largest record label, is also on the verge of a deal with Apple, one of the people said. A deal between Apple and Universal Music Group, owner of the top label, is further off.

This is a renegotiation of an expiring deal to a lower rate.

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05:26
Apple makes a deal for songs with Warner Music Group

Apple has made a deal for songs from Warner Music Group (WMG), the company’s first agreement with a major label since introducing its on-demand music service two years ago, reports Bloomberg, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the matter.”

WMG is is an American multinational entertainment and record label conglomerate headquartered in New York City. It’s one of the "big three" recording companies and the third largest in the global music industry, next to Universal Music Group (UMG) and Sony Music Entertainment.

The company owns and operates some of the largest and most successful record labels in the world, including its flagship labels Warner Bros. Records, Parlophone and Atlantic Records. Its roster of artists includes Ed Sheeran, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bruno Mars.

Warner will make its catalog...

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05:18
Apple patent describes using backlight to strobe to...

An Apple patent filed back in May and published today describes how an iDevice backlight could serve as a strobe light. Apple gives a couple of examples of how this might be used …

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05:09
Second report suggets Sept. 15 OLED 'iPhone 8...




Citing a late production start, a new report claims that while the "iPhone 8" will be up for pre-order on Sept. 15, it will not start shipping to customers until some point in October.

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