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Sunday February 12

11:00
Pros and cons: Our quick verdict on NVIDIA's...

NVIDIA's new Shield TV is a lot like its old Shield TV -- at least, on the inside. Still, the revamped Android TV set-top box is a lot smaller; it has a vastly improved game controller; and it's a much better deal at $200, since it includes the remot...

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10:00
∞ Tom Cruise falls into other movies

This is funnier than it has any right to be.

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09:57
These are the 20 best US cities to live in

These lists are always wonderfully subjective. Did your city make the top 20?

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09:53
How the Grammy Awards’ ‘In Memoriam’ tributes are...

This is always the saddest part of the show. This year’s segment will be especially poignant for me.

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09:51
After Tidal exclusivity, Prince’s music is...

Ahead of The Grammys this evening, Warner Brothers has announced that Prince’s music will become available on streaming services this afternoon.

Originally rumored earlier this month, the release of Prince’s catalog to Apple Music and other services comes as a tribute to the late-artist is expected at The Grammys.

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09:29
'Splatoon 2' preview arrives on Nintendo...

The Nintendo Switch doesn't exactly have a massive catalog of launch titles, but that doesn't mean that you'll be waiting months to play all the biggest games. Nintendo is promising a free Splatoon 2 "Global Testfire" preview running from March 24th...

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09:04
EduTech: How to get the most out of your .edu email...

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

In the first installment of EduTech, we’re going to focus on something a bit broad and geared primarily towards current and (in some  past college students. If you attend most universities, you’ll be given an email address that ends in .edu. In some cases, you’ll get that email on your acceptance to a university rather than when you fully commit, so you may have .edu email addresses that you don’t even know about.

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08:00
After Math: Baby come back

This was a week of many happy returns. Stanford students brought back 5,000 year old Chinese beer, Prince's catalog has reappeared on streaming services not owned by Jay Z and a pair of classic Hot Wheels cars are coming out of retirement to make the...

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07:00
Panasonic's indoor farm, and more in the week...

Tesla's groundbreaking affordable electric car is nearly here. This week the automaker announced plans to begin production on the Model 3 by the end of the month. Meanwhile, environmental champion Leonardo DiCaprio just signed up as the official amba...

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05:00
Testing out snapshots in Apple’s next-generation...

Enlarge / We’re not saying that APFS snapshots will be used in a future revision of Time Machine, but if you’re a betting person, now might be a good time to place your bets. (credit: Aurich / Thinkstock)

Back in June, Apple announced its new upcoming file system: APFS, or Apple File System. There was no mention of it in the WWDC keynote, but devotees needed no encouragement. They picked over every scintilla of data from the documentation on Apple’s developer site, extrapolating, interpolating, eager for whatever was about to come. In the WWDC session hall, the crowd buzzed with a nervous energy, eager for the grand unveiling of APFS. I myself badge-swapped my way...

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04:25
Spyware targeted proponents of Mexico's soda tax

Surveillance-oriented spyware is dodgy in itself, but it's even worse when it's abused to intimidate political enemies -- just ask Mexican health advocates. The New York Times has learned that someone used commercial spyware from NSO Group to target...

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Saturday February 11

22:38
Google adds iconic African landmarks to Street View

It's not all jungles, mud houses and wild animals in Africa: the continent has cities, art centers, monuments and other landmarks, just like everywhere else in the world. To bust myths going around about African countries and to give more people a ch...

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19:59
Old drug gets an absurd price hike to $89,000 per...

Martin Shkreli doesn't have a monopoly on jacking up drug prices. Marathon Pharmaceuticals has received FDA approval for an old drug used to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy, deflazacort, and in the process has raised the price to ridiculously high...

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19:30
Head to head: Apple's BeatsX vs. AirPods




With BeatsX now in stores, AppleInsider takes a closer look at the new W1 chip-equipped wireless earphones and how they compare with Apple's flagship AirPods.

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18:32
NASA wants to send a life-detecting lander to Europa

Back in June 2016, NASA commissioned 21 scientists to design a lander headed for Europa, conjure up science objectives for it and figure out if the mission is feasible. After around eight months of deliberation, the scientists have finally completed...

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17:59
How to track your sleep using Apple Watch or iPhone...

Sleep tracking has been one the most oft-requested features for Apple Watch, but Apple itself has yet to implement a solution. That hasn’t stopped developers from creating their own watchOS apps for doing it, though.

One of the more popular apps for sleep tracking with Apple Watch is called AutoSleep….

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17:01
Google hints at Assistant coming to existing Android...

It's very likely that you'll see Google Assistant on new Android devices beyond the Pixel line, but when... and what about the device you already have? The AI helper might be coming sooner than you think. Google has inadvertently given beta testers a...

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16:02
Apple shares new Apple Watch Series 2 ad featuring...




Apple on Saturday posted a short commercial spot highlighting the health tracking functions of Apple Watch Series 2, urging users to keep fit by closing their Activity app rings.

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15:59
Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 8' will use...




Only one of this fall's upcoming iPhone models -- the so-called "iPhone 8" or "iPhone X" -- will offer inductive charging and a glass back, but buyers will have to use a separate accessory to juice up wirelessly, a report said on Saturday.

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15:27
Feds delay endangered bumblebee's protection

The rusty patched bumblebee was supposed to be officially added to the endangered species list on February 10th. Unfortunately, the insect's fate is now uncertain: a Federal Register notice filed on January 20th says the Trump administration has put...

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13:59
Tiny airborne probe could help local weather...

To date, it hasn't been easy to get loads of airborne weather data beyond major airports. Airliners have had a sophisticated probe system (TAMDAR Edge) for over a dozen years, but that doesn't help much in those remote areas where you may only see sm...

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13:48
Crossing from right-hand-drive countries to left-...

This is an old article but it talks about something I’ve never thought about. I’ve driven in countries that are right-hand drive but never had to cross a border and make the described transitions.

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13:36
What the AI behind AlphaGo can teach us about being...

Fascinating article about the rise of AI and what it means for humanity.

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12:30
Pros and cons: Our quick verdict on Dell's XPS...

Convertible laptops aren't anything new these days, but Dell's XPS 13 2-in-1 still stands out from the pack. It brings in most of the premium design elements we loved about the original XPS 13, including that gorgeous 13.3-inch, near bezel-less displ...

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12:19
Latest Apple Watch Series 2 ‘Close Your Rings’ promo...

Apple today has shared a new ad for the Apple Watch Series 2 on YouTube. The ad, like much of Apple’s marketing for the device, focuses on Activity and is called “Close Your Rings.”

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12:18
Apple's 'Planet of the Apps' series...




An anonymous source familiar with the matter claiming to be involved in production of the series reports that Apple has wrapped up documentary series "Planet of the Apps" on an Apple-constructed set near Hollywood.

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11:40
Review: Kanex's GoPower Watch portable battery...




There's a lot to like about the Kanex GoPower Watch charger and battery for Apple Watch, especially the inclusion of an embedded magnetic watch charger and a passthrough USB port for charging your iPhone as well. But with a $100 price tag, we feel it should accept power through Lightning instead of micro USB.

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10:58
Intel's 8th-gen Core processors won't be...

It's clearer than ever that the days of tick-tock Intel chip upgrades (new process one generation, new architecture the next) are long gone. Intel has revealed that its 8th-generation Core processors, due in the second half of 2017 will once again b...

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10:54
If Apple sold inductive wireless charging tech...

One of the long-running rumors for the iPhone 8 is wireless charging. Though there has been some back and forth as to what exact wireless technology the device will use, wireless charging has been one of the most consistent rumors.

Earlier today, however, a report claimed that Apple would sell the wireless charging accessory separately from the iPhone 8 itself.

If Apple does sell wireless charging technology separately, would you pay for it?

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10:40
Capsule8 Launches Linux-Based Container Security...


Cybersecurity startup Capsule8 this week announced that it has raised $2.5 million to launch the industry's first container-aware, real-time threat protection platform designed to protect legacy and next-generation Linux infrastructures from existing and potential attacks. CEO John Viega, CTO Dino Dai Zovi and Chief Scientist Brandon Edwards, all veteran hackers, cofounded the firm. They raised seed funding from Bessemer Venture Partners, as well as individual investors Shandul Shah of Index Ventures and ClearSky's Jay Leek.

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09:30
Recommended Reading: The story of 'Legion,...

Marvel's 'Legion,' explained
Eric Watson,
Polygon

Marvel's latest TV series debuted on FX this week, and if you're a little lost on the backstory or just need a quick refresher, Polygon is here to help. The gaming news outlet posted a primer on Le...

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08:59
Become Tech Savvy: iCloud Keychain and answering...

First time checking out the Tech Savvy series? You’ll get the most value by starting at the beginning and checking out the series overview.

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

In our previous article we took a look at how to get started with password management using 1Password. Today we’ll look at using Apple’s iCloud Keychain, and answering some of your common password management concerns.

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08:45
This week’s top stories: iPhone 8, BeatsX, Ultra...

In this week’s top stories: iPhone 8 rumors, BeatsX go on sale, an Ultra Accessory Connector for MFi accessories, iOS 10.3 beta 2, what’s next for Apple Watch, and much more.

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08:32
Apple has reportedly concluded filming of its ‘very...

One of Apple’s first original content efforts is its Planet of the Apps reality show. Originally announced last year, the series is an unscripted reality show focused on developers creating apps and receiving mentorship from various celebrities during the process.

According to a report today, Apple has recently concluded filming the show…

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08:02
Tim Cook talks with iPhone user battling cerebral...

As he continues making the rounds in Europe. Tim Cook made an appearance at Apple’s retail location in Glasgow. While Cook has stopped in at multiple Apple Stores over the last week, this visit is especially notable because Cook got the opportunity to talk to Angela Reed, a cerebral palsy sufferer who relies on iPhone for its accessibility features…

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08:00
The Analogue Nt mini wants to be the last NES you...

Trying to play an NES cartridge on Nintendo's original, 30-year-old hardware can be an exercise in frustration. The console's ancient composite cables offer terrible image quality on modern televisions, and getting games to actually run is a ballet o...

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07:52
Rumor: Apple will introduce a new 5-inch iPhone this...

According to a new report from Macotakara — as noted by 9to5Mac -- Apple will introduce a new 5-inch iPhone model this year. The report, citing unnamed “reliable sources in Taiwan,” claims that only the all-glass model of the iPhone will support wireless charging this year.

If the rumor is true — and I suspect it is, as Apple will need a smaller, lower-cost smartphone in its line-up — Apple may have iPhones in all three sizes this year. According to a DigiTimes report, there will be at least model with a 5.8-inch screen. The iPhone line-up will, per these rumors, have 5-inch, 5.5-inch, and 5.8-inch models.

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07:33
Report again claims Apple will add 5-inch iPhone to...

According to a new report from Macotakara, Apple will introduce a new 5-inch iPhone model to the lineup this year. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of a new 5-inch iPhone model, though.

Additionally, today’s report, which cites “reliable sources in Taiwan,” only the all-glass model of the iPhone will support wireless charging this year, while Apple will also stop including the headphone jack adapter.

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06:28
Subaru secures permit to test self-driving car in...

The list of automakers that can test their self-driving cars in California is getting less and less exclusive by the minute. Its latest addition? Subaru. The Japanese company has secured an Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit from the state's DMV on Fe...

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05:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Letter from the Editor

It's been another eventful week in Trump's America. The Ninth Circuit effectively administered a coup de grace to the president's Muslim travel ban after hearing from most of Silicon Valley about said ban's deleterious effects...

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04:30
Apple patent shows continued work on waterproof...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 20170041712) for “evacuation of liquid from acoustic space” that shows the company is working to make iPhones and Apple Watches truly waterproof.

Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: “An acoustic module, such as a microphone or speaker module, includes an acoustic membrane that vibrates to produce acoustic waves and an acoustic cavity through which acoustic waves produced by the membrane travel. A liquid removal mechanism removes liquid from the acoustic cavity. Such a liquid removal mechanism may include the acoustic membrane, heating elements, hydrophobic and/or hydrophilic surfaces, and so on. In some cases, the liquid removal mechanism may remove liquid from the acoustic cavity upon connection of the acoustic module and/or an associated electronic device to an external power source.”

Of course, Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never...

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04:00
Apple granted patent for a ‘context-aware world...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,563,177) for a “context-aware world clock.” It would allow time information for various locations to be automatically generated for display on a portable electronic device such as an iPhone or Apple Watch. 

According to the patent the time information can include time information for remote locations away from the current location of a user. The time information can be generated without requiring user input specifying the locations. The locations can be determined or identified based on context information of the user or context information of contacts of the user. The locations can be prioritized and the time information can be displayed according to the prioritization.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that ortable electronic devices may have the capability to present time information such as a digital or analog clock on a user interface of the portable electronic device. They may also have the capability to track the...

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03:00
The Week in Apple News: Jimmy Iovine’s plans for...

Apple headlines for the week ending Feb. 10, 2017

Image by Apple

Are you willing to pay $1,000 for a new iPhone? (Maybe you already do.) If the rumors pan out, the iPhone 8 (or whatever the next iPhone is called) will be a pricey one. There are iPhone 8 rumors and more in this week’s headline roundup; check them out in this slideshow. Just click on the link to get more information.

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01:15
Drone Racing League lands a title sponsor for the...

It doesn't quite have the cachet of something like the Winston Cup (yet), but the Drone Racing League says its 2017 campaign will be called the Allianz World Championship Series. In another move cribbed from traditional motorsports, the drone pilots...

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Friday February 10

23:18
This week on AI: $1,000+ 'iPhone X,' Apple...




A jam-packed news week offered numerous rumors about Apple's "iPhone X" and other future devices, as well as a fair share of politics including Apple opposing President Trump's immigration ban, and CEO Tim Cook meeting with UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

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20:56
Android's instant tethering is now officially...

Instant tethering started making its way to some Android users in late January, allowing them to set up an automatic hotspot connection between devices. Now that the feature is officially available, more people should have access to it -- but it stil...

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20:09
HBO's 'Silicon Valley' returns April...

HBO's tech-industry satire Silicon Valley will return for its fourth season on April 24th. Despite its usual lead-in Game of Thrones likely getting a late start on its seventh season, Pied Piper & Co. are returning in their usual spring window. W...

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19:05
Photo of Magic Leap AR prototype leaks out, backpack...

In December, a report by The Information indicated that well-funded startup Magic Leap wasn't nearly as close to producing its vaunted augmented reality headset as demo reels had suggested. CEO Rony Abovitz responded by claiming it had completed a "P...

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16:59
NBC: Russia 'considers' sending Snowden...

A report by NBC News cites unnamed US intelligence sources claiming that Russian officials are deliberating a handover of Edward Snowden as a "gift" to the Trump administration. Since leaking information on the NSA's "PRISM" surveillance, the former...

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16:23
First look: Apple's BeatsX earphones with...




Apple on Friday released BeatsX, a long-delayed wireless earphone product in the Beats line that incorporates the company's new W1 chip into a tethered headset design. AppleInsider goes hands-on in this first look video.

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16:13
Tim Cook says AR is a 'big idea,' likens...




Apple CEO Tim Cook continues to drop hints about the company's ambitions to enter the augmented reality space, most recently saying the technology is "for everyone," much like the now ubiquitous smartphone.

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15:34
California bill doesn't want Netflix to be...

Proposed legislation in California aims to prohibit video-streaming services, such as Netflix, Hulu and YouTube, from being taxed as utilities by local municipalities. The AB 252 bill, called the Streaming Tax Relief of Entertainment And Movies (STRE...

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15:09
SDPD finds that body cameras reduce misconduct and...

According to an internal report released to the public this week, the San Diego Police Department has seen a significant drop in allegations against officers for both misconduct and overall use-of-force in the three years since the department adopted...

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14:50
TextExpander 6.1.5

Adds support for importing settings from TextExpander 5 and for synchronizing some preferences with the new TextExpander for Windows. ($40 annual subscription, $20 upgrade subscription, free update from version 6, 6.4 MB)

 

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14:44
Valve is making it easier to publish games with...

Valve is ditching its oft-maligned Steam Greenlight system for something more straightforward. For the uninitiated, Greenlight is a community-focused program that uses a voting system to determine which games are published on Steam. Developers post i...

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14:30
AWT News Update: February 10, 2017

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly wears a pair of Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality glasses aboard the International Space Station during his year in space. Image via NASA

It's another Slow News Friday™, so we're looking at Tim Cook's recent comments in a newspaper interview about the topic of augmented reality (AR). Cook has brought up AR on numerous occasions in the past year, not only during interviews but on earnings calls as well. His interview this week with The Independent shows how passionate he is about what could be "as big as the smartphone" for Apple. 

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

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14:20
'FTL' successor shows off adorable mech...

If you've played FTL: Faster Than Light, you know that it's a sublime gaming experience, well deserving of its high ratings and devoted fan base. Developer Subset Games has just launched a teaser trailer for its follow-up title, Into The Breach. FTL...

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13:56
Making more outside the App Store

Obviously, this is not applicable to every developer or every app but it is interesting nonetheless.

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13:54
Astronaut filmed elusive blue lightning aboard the...

Some types of electrical discharge phenomena like blue jets and red sprites occur way above the altitudes where normal lightning occurs. That makes it tough to see them or even to confirm that they actually take place. There's a group of people livin...

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13:42
Photo insight with Guy Edwardes: Orca and Eider Duck

This is a great example of something I teach in my class – great photographs often take a combination of hard work, knowledge, skill and luck. This story combines all of those elements.

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13:32
Inauguration-protest arrests lead to Facebook data...

If you attend a protest in Washington, D.C., nowadays, better plan on leaving your cellphone at home. That is, unless you want police to confiscate it, mine it for incriminating information and then gather even more data from their BFF -- Facebook....

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13:30
X-Doria Defense Lux iPhone 7 Cases: Wood and Metal

X-Doria Defense Lux cases in Bamboo (left) and Walnut (right). Photo © 2017, Steven Sande

Case manufacturer X-Doria is back with more high-quality, low-cost iPhone cases. The newest entries are the Defense Lux case for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus ($39.99), now made with a military-grade machined metal case with a wood backing. 

Design

There are two finishes that have been added to the Defense Lux line; black metal with a walnut back and silver metal with a bamboo back. Both of these cases are quite eye-catching and really look great on an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus. 

As with the rest of the Defense Lux line, these cases incorporate a shock absorbing rubber bumper and a hard polycarbonate back plate to give the case certification to MIL-STD-810G standards. Add a machined aluminum frame to the outside and put wood on the back, and you've got a case that can truly stand up to some abuse.

The buttons are covered with machined metal as well (except...

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13:21
Apple CEO Tim Cook says he regards AR ‘as a big idea...

Tim Cook really wants people to know that he’s deeply interested in AR. The Apple CEO hypes augmented reality every chance he gets, and he’s doing it in the same way he teased the wrist as an interesting space before the Apple Watch and the living room as stuck in the 70s before tvOS.

During his week-long trip across Europe, Cook went as far as saying he regards AR “as a big idea like the smartphone” in an interview with The Independent.

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13:21
Ford bets $1 billion on an unknown self-driving AI...

Seemingly out of the blue, Ford announced today that it's investing $1 billion in Argo AI, a Pittsburgh-based company building self-driving technology. Ford is effectively buying the previously unknown startup, which was founded by engineers from Goo...

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13:20
Australia's Retailers Join the Local Giant...

More trouble for Apple in Down Under. The $300 billion retail sector has hit back at Apple, saying the global tech giant is trying to freeload on the payments infrastructure built by banks and retailers and restricting iPhone access to payments terminals will hinder loyalty schemes. From a report: The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has come out in support of the group of four Australian banks seeking stronger negotiation powers with Apple over the introduction of Apple Pay in the country, saying they believe access to the NFC functionality in the iPhone would allow retailers to provide "a richer and more convenient customer experience." The ARA, which represents 5,000 independent and national retailers, says access to the NFC functionality will allow retailers to "develop or participate in mobile wallets that provided a consistent and fully integrated experience to all users regardless of their choice of smartphones" while also allowing loyalty programs, coupons and rewards...

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13:14
Would you or have you changed banks for Apple Pay? [...

We reported this morning that vice president of Apple Pay Jennifer Bailey recently shared her thoughts on the battle going on between Apple and Australia’s big banks.

In the new interview, Bailey made optimistic statements about the future of Apple Pay in Australia with one of the more interesting ones being “customers will say they are happy to switch banks to use it.” We’re curious to know, is this true for you? Have you or would you switch banks for Apple’s payment service?

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13:12
Apps: App Diary: Leo’s Fortune, Minimize, Stagehand...

Leo’s Fortune ($5) — As much as I was impressed by 1337 & Senri’s award-winning platformer when it debuted three years ago, like many iOS games it was just one of those that I was never able to fully appreciate and get into with the iPhone’s smaller screen and more limited control interface. Therefore, it goes almost without saying that when I saw it show up on the Apple TV earlier this year, I was intrigued, and with the full…

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13:11
Ferroelectric material could make your smartwatch...

Elon Musk's big plan involves charging your electric car with shingles that are solar panels. While that's incredibly impressive -- not to mention ambitious -- it uses only one form of alternative energy. Finnish scientists have a different idea: har...

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12:55
Gadget Ogling: Gaming's New Virtual Reality...


Regular readers will know that I've played games my entire life. I hold deep reverence for the care and attention that go into creating these experiences, and I've rarely met a game I didn't want to conquer. Yet I am nervous about virtual reality. I've tried it and found those disorientating worlds difficult to handle, though I suspect that over time I could grow more accustomed to it. I doubt I could say the same for an arcade machine that both locks me into a VR world and pelts me with physical stimuli.

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12:48
Shia LaBeouf's anti-Trump livestream shut down...

It was supposed to last four years, but Shia LaBeouf's "He Will Not Divide Us" livestream has been shut down by the Museum of the Moving Image. The project was created by the actor along with two artists, Luke Turner and Nastja Säde Rönkk&o...

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12:34
AirPods TV commercial took sales of Marian Hill...




The power of Apple's advertising influencing music sales has come into the spotlight again, with the use of Marian Hill's 'Down' in the first TV advertisement for AirPods revealed to have made a considerable impact on track sales.

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12:25
How an AI took down four world-class poker pros

"That was anticlimactic," Jason Les said with a smirk, getting up from his seat. Unlike nearly everyone else in Pittsburgh's Rivers Casino, Les had just played his last few hands against an artificially intelligent opponent on a computer screen. Afte...

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12:23
External Link: Verizon Offering Same-Day Screen...

Verizon Wireless is offering a new service for members of its $11-per-month Total Mobile Protection smartphone insurance: $79 same-day screen repair right in your home or office (or at one of 220+ repair locations). However, the on-site service is available only in certain towns — see Verizon’s Web site for a full list. And, oddly, it covers only the iPhone SE, 5c, 5s, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, and 6s Plus, but not the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, In our experience, AppleCare+ is a better deal, but Verizon’s option could be more convenient.

 

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12:15
Embrace the wintry mystery of iOS puzzle game Road...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

If you’re looking for mystery, adventure, and creative but surprisingly tough puzzles, you’ll find it in Spry Fox’s Road Not Taken. This premium roguelike puzzler is easy to pick up but has a steep learning curve— each new puzzle element is frustrating and intriguing at the same time.

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12:05
Crowdfunded 'Star Trek: DS9' documentary...

The creators and stars of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine have launched an Indiegogo campaign to produce a documentary about the show. What We Left Behind will tell the story of the third fourth Star Trek series as told by (most of) the people who made it...

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11:54
Podcast 545: Assault on batteries

Batteries. No one's ever really happy with them, but everything has one now and they all need charging. With the help of Macworld senior editor Roman Loyola, Gordon Ung of PCWorld went deep in testing the MacBook Pro's battery recently, and found it to be pretty darn good, typically besting the much larger battery in the last generation. And speaking of batteries, we have an extended public service announcement about never ever using a device that's bulging, because that means the battery is downright unsafe.

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11:44
Facebook enlists help to verify ad data after...

Facebook reported on multiple occasions late last year that it had been misreporting both ad video views and Instant Article stats. To help smooth things over with marketers, the social network explained today how it plans to be more transparent abou...

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11:43
∞ All that we share

Powerful ad from Denmark with a lesson here for all of us. It’s a cliche that “We are more alike than we are different” but, in many cases, it’s also very true. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all focus more on how we are alike and what we have in common, even if we can disagree on some things?

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11:28
Shipping times for Apple's BeatsX earbuds slip...




Despite the product only going on sale on Friday, some U.S. shipments of Apple's BeatsX earbuds are already being delayed up to 2 to 3 weeks, AppleInsider checks show.

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11:22
Pay pros for lessons on sucking less at video games

Losing to a 12-year-old in Super Smash Bros. can be a real downer, but there are a few ways to prevent that. You can challenge kids who aren't as good, practice and improve on your own, or, if you have a few bucks to spend, get a video game tutor fro...

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11:20
Apple Fails To Remove 'Deleted' Safari Web...

Reader BrianFagioli writes: Apple was storing Safari browsing histories in iCloud, even after they had been 'deleted' by the user, with such records being kept going back to 2015 -- although apparently this was an accidental by-product of the way the cloud syncing system works rather than anything malicious, and the issue has now been fixed. This information first came to light in a Forbes report, which cited Vladimir Katalov, the chief executive of Elcomsoft, a Russian security firm (which focuses on password/system recovery). Katalov stumbled onto the issue when reviewing the browsing history on his iPhone, when he discovered his supposedly deleted surfing history still present in iCloud, being able to extract it by using his company's Phone Breaker tool.


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11:09
The Public Access Weekly: Ch-ch-ch-changes

Hey y'all, remember last week when I mentioned there were a lot of things happening at Public Access and I would fill you in later? Well, in lieu of our more traditional newsletter format, today's Public Access Weekly is all about filling you in on...

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11:05
A Prairie HomeKit Companion: Automating Your Home

In this installment of A Prairie HomeKit Companion, Josh Centers explains how to put the automation in home automation.

 

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11:00
The Week in iOS Cases and Accessories: BeatsX...

New gear of the week

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This week's roundup includes Beats' much-anticipated earphones, plus batteries, chargers, cases, and more. Read on!

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10:54
Xiaomi is reportedly building its own phone processor

With all the lawsuits being brought against major mobile chip maker Qualcomm, there seems to be no better time for smartphone makers to explore other CPU options. According to The Wall Street Journal, Chinese company Xiaomi may be developing its own...

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10:47
9to5Rewards: Twelve South MagicBridge for Apple’s...

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is Twelve South, makers of high-quality accessories designed specifically for Apple products. Or as they call it, PC incompatible.

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10:37
10 of the best Scotch whiskies (as chosen by the...

Just in time for the weekend. It’s easy to find good, expensive Scotch but the “reasonably priced” stuff is a lot harder. Spending $50-75 bucks on a bottle only to find out it’s not to your taste sucks. I’ve tried about a quarter of these and agree with the reviews of the ones I’ve tasted.

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10:32
Scientists make battery that runs on air and carbon...

Researchers at Penn State University have potentially come up with yet another way we could create energy from all that nasty carbon dioxide we pump into the atmosphere. They've developed an inexpensive flow cell battery that uses mostly water soluti...

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10:31
First look at Tesla’s new mobile app with new UI,...

Last month, we published an exclusive report on our sister-site Electrek about Tesla’s upcoming new mobile app: ‘Tesla is about to release its biggest app update yet: Touch ID login, widget integration, and more‘. more…

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10:16
Matte black iPhone 7 owners complain to Apple about...




A number of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus owners have issues with the handset's matte black finish, with some finding that the paint coating is prone to chip off.

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10:07
Fukushima reactor's radiation levels killed a...

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco) wasn't kidding when it said the radiation levels inside Fukushima's nuclear reactor are the highest they've been since its meltdown in 2011. It had to pull out the robot it sent in to find the exact location of melted...

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09:43
Google makes its screen reader easier to use on...

To improve the Chromebook experience for users with visual impairments, Google announced a new version of its ChromeVox tool this week. First, the screen reading feature is now the default option on all Chromebooks running Chrome OS 56 and newer. All...

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09:34
Pyle USA introduces the iPhone-compatible Bluetooth...

Pyle USA has introduced the $58.99 Bluetooth Fitness Scale , a scale and integrated app — available free at the Apple App Store — designed to provide the most critical data points for any workout regimen including body fat, hydration levels, muscle level and bone level percentages. The scale allows users to set fitness goals and monitor their progress.

The scale features a tempered glass surface to distribute weight evenly across the scale. The Bluetooth Fitness Scale provides results in customizable measurements (pounds, kilograms, or stones). It can store data for 10 different individuals, while the large LCD display shows data information and the current user profile selected.

Utilizing Bluetooth Smart technology, the scale wirelessly sends data to your iPhone and combines with...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: $100 iTunes Gift Card $85, UE...

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09:29
How to stream the 59th annual Grammys live on iPhone...

Last weekend was a big weekend for television with the Super Bowl and this weekend marks yet another one. This Sunday, James Corden will host the 2017 Grammys live from Los Angeles.

The show will feature performances from a variety of artists and likely include some solid comedy from Corden. But how do you stream it on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac? Read on to find out…

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09:28
Apple Pay VP says Australian banks short-circuited...




The VP in charge of Apple Pay, Jennifer Bailey, criticized hold-out Australian banks in an interview published on Friday, arguing that they were too quick to jump to legal action rather than talk with Apple.

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09:19
Protecting your data at a border crossing

The security issues he is discussing have always been in place for those who travel to more dangerous parts of the world. But there are some things every international traveler, regardless of where they are going, should keep in mind as well.

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09:19
Mark Zuckerberg demos finger-tracking Oculus gloves

In a bit to keep folks excited about its Oculus virtual reality products, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg showed off a bunch of new tech at the Oculus Research facility in Redmond, Washington. The most interesting prototype was a new set of gloves (abov...

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09:06
∞ Tim Cook at the University of Glasgow

Amateur video of Tim Cook receiving an honorary degree and his speech afterwards.

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09:01
Daylite: Business Productivity App for Mac & iOS

Thanks to Daylite for sponsoring The Loop this week. If you’re struggling to juggle business coming in while managing current projects, then Daylite is a tool you definitely want to check out.

If you need to be able to share client and project information, delegate tasks, share calendars and emails, and track projects – Daylite can help you do this all in one app.

Daylite is used by lawyers, consultants, real estate agents, photographers, designers, and other small businesses all over the world. It helps you organize and share information so you save time and get more done.

The best part about Daylite is it’s not a web app, so you can keep working even when you don’t have an Internet connection.

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