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Thursday March 16

20:10
Teenage paranormal thriller 'Oxenfree' now...

Spooky adventure game Oxenfree has made its way to mobile. Developer Night School's sidescrolling tale debuted on PC and Xbox One early last January, with a stop on PlayStation 4 last May that added, among other things, a New Game+ mode. Now it's ava...

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20:08
Infamous patent troll Soverain Software targets...




Soverain Software, a non-practicing entity that gained media attention for suing Newegg and other online retailers over "shopping cart" patents, on Thursday filed a complaint against Apple for alleged infringement of IP relating to internet-based services.

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19:08
Gmail on desktop now lets you preview video...

A minor, but handy update comes to Gmail on the desktop today: videos sent as attachments can now be played right in your browser window, eliminating the need to actually download them to your hard drive and play them through a media player. Of cours...

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18:59
What feature tops your wishlist for the next-gen...

Earlier today, we reported on the first evidence of an updated hardware model of the Apple TV. The tvOS-powered device was first announced back in 2015 and lags in a few different areas, so it’s more than due for an update.

Not much has been rumored as for what features the next-generation model may have, but there are a few possibilities, many of which we highlighted earlier this year in our look at the future of the Apple TV and tvOS.

What feature would you most like to see come to the next-gen Apple TV?

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18:37
Quick take video review: D-Link Omna HomeKit camera




AppleInsider goes hands-on with D-Link's new Omna, the first internet connected security camera to feature integration with Apple's HomeKit platform and iOS 10 Home app.

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18:08
Amazon ups its Smile donations to 10 percent for one...

If you need a good reason to pull the trigger on that Amazon purchase, then try telling yourself it's for a good cause. Today only (through midnight PT), the retailer's AmazonSmile program will donate 5 percent of the purchase price from eligible pro...

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17:39
Apple granted patents for earbud design w/ biometric...

Earlier this year, we outlined a few possibilities as to what could come to Apple’s AirPods with future iterations, noting specifically of more advanced fitness features. Paving the way for such improvements, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office today published three patents that it has granted Apple related to new fitness and biometric features for earbuds…

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17:32
Google keeps improving Apple's Live Photos

Apple's Live Photos are a neat trick when done well, but in practice they tend to be a wobbly mess. Last year, Google showed off a much more elegant solution with it's Motion Stills app for iOS, which converted shaky Live Photos to smooth looping GIF...

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16:45
How to order movie tickets within iOS 10 chat using...




With the release of iOS 10, Apple introduced a new way for developers to add integrated new features for iMessage users. Here's how to use Fandango's app to explore movie listings, share showtime options with chat participants, select seats and purchase tickets with Apple Pay--all within iMessage.

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16:19
Sony's mixed-reality 'cave' is an...

Amongst the many oddball exhibits at Sony's SXSW "Wow Factory" was the mixed-reality "cave." Unlike many other experiences at Sony's event, this one didn't require strapping on some oddball hardware or even a VR helmet. The cave was a square, four-wa...

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16:01
Netflix considers mobile specific versions of...




Netflix may make it even easier for its subscribers using iPhones to follow its original content in the future, an executive for the streaming service has revealed, advising that the firm is currently exploring the possibility of making mobile device-specific versions of its shows.

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15:50
YouTube kills annotations to make way for mobile-...

If you've ever had a grey box pop-up in the middle of a YouTube video to correct spelling, add in some extra information or link you out to another video, you've encountered a YouTube annotation. The feature let creators add content to their video af...

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15:47
Cartoonist officially releases word for word graphic...

The terms & conditions for iTunes have been the subject of mockery in the past for the extensive length and detail. Back in 2015, we told you about cartoonist Robert Sikoryak, who was turning the iTunes terms and conditions into a full-fledged graphic novel.

Now, Sikoryak has released the finished product: a 94-page, full color adaptation of the of the iTunes terms and conditions and It can be had for just $10 on Amazon.

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15:45
AWT News Update: March 16, 2017

Colorware's iPhone 7 Plus Retro Edition

Steve was out making some tax accountants rich today, so we have a short version of the AWT News Update for your listening pleasure:

  • Swatch announces plans to create its own open-source smartwatch OS
  • Get an iPhone 7 Plus "Retro Edition" for only $1,899! It looks surprisingly similar to many Apple products of the 1980s
  • Alexa has sneaked onto your iPhone, provided you're using the Amazon app

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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15:28
Google: 'Beauty and The Beast' message...

That didn't take long. Shortly after Google told us that its Beauty and The Beast ad being read by Assistant was not in fact an ad, the search juggernaut has reversed that stance. "This wasn't intended to be an ad," a Google spokesperson told us. "Wh...

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15:23
Amazon brings Alexa to its main iOS app to help...

Alexa is coming to Siri’s home turf.

On Thursday, Amazon began rolling out Alexa and her voice-assistant capabilities inside its flagship iOS app (iTunes link). This means that iPhone users can now ask Alexa questions, get shopping assistance, track orders, and play Prime videos and music.

After an initial rollout, Alexa will be available to all iOS users by next week, Amazon said. However, the company’s in-app Alexa won’t feature the Door Lock skill that Amazon introduced last month that gave users the ability to control smart locks. And iPhone users will still need the dedicated...

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15:12
Party Bot decides who's on the guest list, what...

While most people in the tech business only roll into Austin once a year for SXSW, a handful of companies choose to call the city home. Fjord (formerly known as Chaotic Moon) is one of them. So, when the festival sets up around them, it uses the week...

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15:03
Slackel Openbox Plays Hard to Get


Slackel's Openbox edition is a lightweight operating system that offers reliable performance once you get the box open. It is not ideal for every user, though. Slackel 6.0.8 Openbox, the latest version of the project's lightweight distribution, was released by developer Dimitris Tzemos last fall. Slackel is a Linux distro that offers several benefits for users who step away from the typical mainstream Debian-based Linux distros. Based on both Slackware and Salix, it offers a few advantages not usually found with the Slackware Linux lineup.

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14:56
Google Home is playing audio ads for Beauty and the...

If this comes as a shock or a surprise to you, you haven’t been paying attention. Advertising is what Google does.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:30
What Trump's budget would mean for NASA and...

President Donald Trump's proposed 2018 budget beefs up the Defense Department while removing funds from the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, NASA and many other government agencies. Congress still has to pass the budget, but if...

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14:19
Apple News is a boon to ‘The Telegraph’

Apple News has become the most effective third-party platform at driving readers to The Telegraph’s own sites and app, reports Digiday. Available on iOS devices (and, hopefully, on macOS at some point), 

The Telegraph — news, entertainment and advertising for the Alton community and the River Bend region of Madison, Jersey, Calhoun, Macoupin and Greene counties in Illinois — has made articles available on Apple News in some form since the news aggregation app launched in September 2015. The publisher introduced a new paywall model last November and saw unique monthly viewers grow 30% since last month. Now on Apple News, as everywhere off-site, the publication publishes 80% of its content — approximately 240 articles a day. The remaining 20% is for subscribers.

Robert Bridge, chief customer officer at The...

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14:06
Pro-Turkey Hackers Hit Prominent Twitter Accounts


Hundreds, if not thousands, of Twitter users, many of them high-profile, were hacked Tuesday by someone who appeared to support Turkey in its diplomatic row with the Netherlands. Their accounts displayed a Swastika -- reversed to face to the right -- as well as the Turkish flag and hashtags to the Nazialmanya and Nazihollanda accounts, which displayed comments on the attack. The hackers included a reference to April 16, when Turkey will hold a referendum to give President Recep Erdogan more power.

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13:59
Tip of the Day: Changing iPhone volume using Siri

Apple designed its new AirPods to be pretty easy to set up and use, but one thing that’s clearly missing is the ability to change the volume using hardware controls without reaching for your iPhone. Fortunately, if you regularly use AirPods without an iPhone or Apple Watch within reach, you might find it handy to know that you can actually change your iPhone’s volume using Siri voice commands. Simply tap on the AirPods to activate Siri,…

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13:57
Notable apps and app updates for March 16, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Pirate's Moon has introduced MyArtTools 1.0, their new drawing app for iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil. Taking full advantage of the pencil, it’s a $4.99 dedicated drawing and painting app. Users may also capture images with the iPad Pro front and rear cameras, and even save or open files to MyArtTools's directory. Plus, you can open saved images from the Photos Album. Users may share drawings using Email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Weibo.

FreneticGamez has launched Epic Draw - Physics Puzzle 1.0. It’s a free physics-based puzzler...

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13:33
Swatch to take on Apple Watch & Android Wear...




The Swatch Group will be paving its own road into the smartwatch space with a custom operating system, the company's CEO said on Thursday, with the OS going up against mature software from incumbents Apple Watch and Google's Android Wear platform.

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13:22
iPhone users can now access Amazon’s Alexa on the go

Enlarge (credit: Amazon)

Move over, Siri, there's a new voice assistant coming to iPhones and iOS devices. Amazon announced today that its digital assistant Alexa will be integrated into the Amazon Shopping app for iOS. This gives all users with Apple mobile devices access on the go. While some iOS users may have the Alexa app already downloaded to support their Amazon Alexa-enabled devices like the Echo, this integration lets users speak to Alexa while away from their homes.

Alexa lives in the...

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13:18
Amazon puts Alexa inside its main iPhone app

The tech media wants to portray this as “taking on Siri” but, because it’s buried inside an app, it’s unlikely to affect Siri usage at all.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:18
Apple News iOS 10 update major driver of traffic to...




Apple News is proving to be a success story for venues fully invested in it, with The Telegraph seeing readers coming from the service spending more time on articles, and greater numbers of articles read per user.

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13:12
ColorWare will make the iPhone 7 Plus look like a...




Nostalgic Apple fans with deep pockets can now purchase a custom-painted iPhone 7 Plus "Retro Edition" from ColorWare, designed to look like a vintage Macintosh computer from the 1980s, for a princely sum of $1,899.

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13:05
Ready to fly a quadcopter? Here are the best drones...




With so many models on the market today, finding the right quadcopter can be challenging to say the least. We're rounding up a list of the best drones for beginners with price points starting at under $50.

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12:55
Apple Music ambassador program offers Twitter...




Starting Thursday, Apple Music launched a new user-driven promotional program on Twitter with the hashtag "#MusicForEveryMinute", promoted by student ambassadors who will be rewarded with an extra three months of free subscription.

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12:47
Yves Béhar designs Samsung television to look like a...

This is one of those things you would have thought was blindingly obvious and should have been invented long before now. I’d buy one of these TVs.

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12:46
Spotify may go with Apple Music-like album...




Spotify is nearing new deals with major record labels that could result in some albums becoming exclusives to its paid tier, a report said on Thursday.

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11:56
A court’s decision in a Maine labor dispute hinged...

This is a great story for the grammar nerds among us.

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11:53
The Tom Negrino memorial fund

Be in peace, my friend.

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11:41
Google Drive

 March 16, 2017 11:41:00 AM PDT

We're aware of a problem with Google Drive affecting a significant subset of users. The affected users are able to access Google Drive, but are seeing error messages and/or other unexpected behavior. We will provide an update by March 16, 2017 12:41:00 PM PDT detailing when we expect to resolve the problem. Please note that this resolution time is an estimate and may change.

Some users of the Google Drive Sync client will be receiving the error message "Sorry, Backup and Sync needs to quit."

We have identified the root cause of the issue and are implementing a potential fix now.

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11:38
Apple concept for biometric facial recognition could...




Apple is adding to its existing patents for automatically unlocking an iPhone using facial recognition, according to a patent application published on Thursday, revealing the Cupertino firm is still refining alternative methods of biometric security it could use in future mobile devices.

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11:20
App Store highlighting indie games this week with...

Apple has been highlighting loads of iOS games created by independent developers this week on the App Store. The promotion includes a special section at the top of the App Store where new apps and updates are usually promoted, several new indie game launches, and even discounts on a handful of popular indie titles.

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11:08
Hulu says live TV service will launch with cloud DVR...




Hulu this week updated the teaser page for its upcoming live TV service, revealing some of its planned features -- most notably cloud DVR support, which should be ready from the beginning.

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11:07
Alexa comes to iPhone via Amazon app in latest...

An incoming update for the Amazon app for iOS will add the company’s Alexa voice assistant that was previously limited to the users of its Echo speaker and other Alexa-enabled hardware.

Building on the app’s ability to order using your voice, Alexa will act as your assistant while shopping the Amazon app, allowing you to search and reorder items, track your orders, and more. But it will also include most of the other functionality Alexa has to offer.

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10:50
∞ John Oliver’s hilarious Samsung commercial

This is definitely not safe for work, but damn it’s so funny.

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10:49
Developer alleges spotting new Apple TV model,...




Developer Firi Games claims to have seen a single instance of an unreleased Apple TV, running a new version of tvOS -- which may be the postulated 4K version of the product thought to be in testing.

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10:30
iMessage App Store nears 5,000 apps

New data from SensorTower says that the iMessage App Store has almost 5,000 apps six months after Apple opened the store; however, growth is slowing.

Within the first 10 days of the iMessage App Store’s launch, SensorTower’s data showed that the number of iMessage enabled apps had reached 400, not accounting for stand-alone sticker packs. 

Between its launch month of September and the end of October, the number of iMessage enabled apps had grown by approximately 116% to nearly 1,100. A month later, the number had grown by 108% to approximately 2,250.

By December, the month-over-month growth rate had slowed to 65%, with slightly more than 3,700 iMessage enabled apps available worldwide. This growth slowed further still in the first two months of this year, at approximately 18% between December and January and 9% between January and February.

The iMessage App...

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10:29
News: Apple releases seventh beta of iOS 10.3

Apple has released another new beta of iOS 10.3, only three days after the the sixth beta was released to developers. The seventh beta, featuring a build number of 14E5277a, is available today to both registered developers and members of Apple’s Public Beta program, and the rapid release of new betas suggests that iOS 10.3 is drawing closer to a public release, possibly corresponding with the rumoured release of new iPad models that could arrive…

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10:23
First sign of next-gen Apple TV running tvOS 11...

Apple first unveiled the tvOS-powered Apple TV over a year ago, and since then, not much has been rumored in terms of future hardware iterations of the device. Now, however, the first evidence of a future Apple TV hardware model has purportedly appeared in developer logs…

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10:11
Seventh betas of macOS 10.12.4 and iOS 10.3 released...




Only 72 hours after the the sixth beta release of macOS 10.12.4 and iOS 10.3, Apple has made available the seventh iteration of the test software to developers, with little increment in release numbers suggesting an imminent release for users.

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10:07
Operation London Bridge: the secret plan for the...

The Guardian:

In the plans that exist for the death of the Queen – and there are many versions, held by Buckingham Palace, the government and the BBC – most envisage that she will die after a short illness. Her family and doctors will be there. When the Queen Mother passed away on the afternoon of Easter Saturday, in 2002, at the Royal Lodge in Windsor, she had time to telephone friends to say goodbye, and to give away some of her horses. In these last hours, the Queen’s senior doctor, a gastroenterologist named Professor Huw Thomas, will be in charge. He will look after his patient, control access to her room and consider what information should be made public. The bond between sovereign and subjects is a strange and mostly unknowable thing. A nation’s life becomes a person’s, and then the string must break.

As a loyal subject of Her Majesty, I will be very sad when this inevitable day comes but this is a fascinating article on what happens

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10:01
Siri competitor Alexa comes to iPhone via Amazon...




Amazon on Thursday began updating its official app for iOS to bring support for Alexa, its voice-driven personal assistant, officially to the iPhone, allowing users to ask questions, shop, play music and more.

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10:00
Apple releases seventh iOS 10.3 and macOS 10.12.4...

Apple is rolling out the seventh iOS 10.3 beta for developer testing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The upcoming software update includes Find My AirPods support, CarPlay improvements, Apple’s new filesystem, and more.

Apple is also rolling out the seventh macOS 10.12.4 beta for developer testing. The upcoming version of macOS Sierra is the first to bring Night Shift to the Mac. We’ll update and highlight any additional changes discovered below.

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09:59
Fifth-generation Apple TV may have been spotted by...

The current 4th-generation Apple TV lacks one feature that could make it a "must buy" for a lot of Apple fans -- 4K video. Earlier this year, Bloomberg reported that Apple is testing a new Apple TV codenamed J105 that would support 4K video and could launch later this year. Now MacRumors has heard from developers who think they've spotted the new device in log files

Firi Games is the developer of arcade games Phoenix HD and Phoenix II, and the company told MacRumors that a single device identified as AppleTV6,2 running tvOS 11.0 has been spotted in log files for Phoenix HD. The IP address from which the device is...

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09:55
Hulu unveils new website for upcoming live TV...

Last week we reported that Hulu signed A+E Networks for its upcoming live TV service that will be launching this spring. Today Hulu has updated its website promoting the upcoming service with new information and a promotional video. Notably, it shares a glimpse at a brand new UI and some of the upcoming features of the sub $40/month service.

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09:40
∞ Unboxing my Blue Microphones Baby Bottle Mic

I recently picked up a new Baby Bottle Mic from Blue Microphones. I wanted a great quality, versatile mic, but I didn’t want to spend thousands of dollars—this mic is perfect.

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09:36
Report: iMessage app launch outpacing first iPhone...

New data from SensorTower offers some insight into how Apple’s new iMessage App Store has performed since its launch in September. Based on the report’s data, new iMessage apps are being developed at a faster pace than iOS apps when the iPhone App Store first launched. SensorTower says there are signs that growth is starting to level out, however…

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09:35
Accessory purports to capture & stream live...




The "EzRecLN" capture device allows for capture of video from a connected iOS device, with a stream able to be sent across a USB cable, or stored on a micro SD card installed into the device.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: $200 off MacBook Air, Space...

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.

TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Best Buy’s 3-day sale includes $200 discounts on MacBook Air, $100 off iPad Pro, CarPlay receivers,...

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09:23
One of eight remaining functional Apple I computers...

Auction Team Breker

If you think today's Macs are expensive, hold on to your butts: on May 20, Auction Team Breker will sell one of just eight known working Apple I computers in existence. Breker estimates that the computer will sell for between $190,000 and $320,000, which is in line with the sale prices of most Apple I computers in recent years—outliers include a prototype model that sold for $815,000 in August of last year and a model from early in the computer's production run that sold for $905,000 in late 2014. Given the original $666.66 sale price (about $2,800 in today's dollars), any of those prices would be a pretty solid return on your investment.

The...

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09:02
iLuv launches Wi-Fi-enabled Rainbow8 bulb with...




Accessory maker iLuv on Thursday opened up sales of the Rainbow8, a new HomeKit-ready lightbulb that connects via Wi-Fi without requiring a dedicated hub.

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09:00
Zane Lowe talks Beats 1 and Apple Music at SXSW [...

We’re here on the ground for SXSW, and as was announced last fall, Creative Director and LA Anchor for Beats 1, Zane Lowe, is giving the Music Keynote.

more…

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08:44
News: Apple now selling 32GB iPhone 6 model in...

Following the unusual re-launch of the iPhone 6 in a 32GB model in China earlier this month, Apple now appears to have expanded sales of the “new” 2017 iPhone 6 model to Belarus, AppleInsider reports. Belarusian Apple reseller i-Store is currently taking orders for the device, which is priced at 999 rubles (~$520) and only available in Space Gray. Much like its launch in Asia, the device is identified as “iPhone 6 (2017)” and…

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08:39
Best iPhone apps for controlling your HomeKit devices

Once you start down the smart home path, you quickly realize that it’s a never-ending journey. Not only are there always more devices out there waiting to tempt you, but there are all the apps.

From Apple’s Home app through manufacturer companion apps to third-party apps, there are plenty to choose from – especially when it comes to Philips Hue lighting.

We look at three manufacturer apps you might want to continue to use even after you have your devices configured, together with six third-party apps that can help your smart home become even smarter …

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08:13
Apple supplier Jabil earnings report suggests steady...




A pair of analysts have chimed in on Apple supplier Jabil's positive quarterly earnings report through February, and sees signs that Apple's seasonal decrease in iPhone sales may not be as pronounced as expected.

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08:02
∞ Watching March Madness on your Mac and iOS device

Click over to the main Loop post for links to the official CBS iOS app and the NCAA streaming page for your computer.

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07:58
Apple's revival of iPhone 6 with 32GB storage...




The re-release of the iPhone 6 with 32 gigabytes of storage is expanding into another territory, after launches in India, China, and Taiwan in recent months, with a premium reseller offering the unusual-capacity handset to customers in Belarus beginning next week.

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07:50
Filmic Pro v6 released with brand new interface,...

Filmic Pro is one of the best apps that you can buy for capturing video with your iPhone. It includes foundational features geared towards filmmaking, and is in a different stratosphere when compared to the iPhone’s stock Camera app.

The latest version of Filmic Pro comes with a brand new fast and easy-to-use interface. It’s essentially been redesigned from scratch to increase its intuitiveness, placing important controls more readily at your fingertips.

The new interface is only the beginning, as Filmic Pro v6 includes a brand new suite of real-time analytics features to pull off things like zebra stripes, clipping, false color, and focus peaking. These are all tools to help filmmakers accurately judge important factors like exposure and focus.

As we showed you back in...

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07:48
Report: Spotify considers restricting biggest...

Spotify is considering a move that would mean some of its biggest new releases will be restricted to paid users, according to a new report from Financial Times. The decision would come as part of a negotiation with record labels that would reduce the amount of royalties Spotify pays for songs and also allow the company to prepare for an initial public offering, the report claims:

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07:37
WePay joins online payment platforms supporting...




On Thursday WePay -- an online payments platform with clients like Meetup, GoFundMe, and FreshBooks -- announced that its clients can now accept Apple Pay on the Web, along with Android Pay.

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07:15
WePay adds support for Apple Pay

WePay — a provider of integrated payments for online platforms including Constant Contact, GoFundMe, and Zoho — has announced that its customers can now use Apple Pay on the Web and Google's Android Pay on the Web to generate more revenue on their sites.

WePay's launch of the Apple Pay and Android Pay products means platform customers can now pay for goods and services with just a single touch. Gone are the days of having to manually enter payment and shipping information at checkout, said Bill Clerico, CEO of WePay. Customers can choose to pay with Apple Pay using the Safari browser on their supported iPhone, iPad, or MacBook. Those who opt for Android Pay can pay using the Chrome browser on their supported Android device.

Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Payment Request API [application programming interface] are available to current and new WePay platform partners.

Apple Pay is currently available in 14 countries...

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07:15
The little known Mac dock “suck” effect

This window minimization effect has been around since the beginning but, since there’s no option for it in the dock interface, it rarely sees the light of day.

Watch the video to see the suck effect at work, then, if you like it, follow the directions to enable it.

Nice re-find by Rob Griffiths.

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07:10
A robot followed me around New York to carry my stuff

Bridget Carey, CNET:

Gita is an extremely nimble cargo bot, designed to follow its owner for miles, carrying 40 pounds of stuff inside its 2-foot-tall body.

It doesn’t have the features you’d expect of a companion robot. There are no arms. It doesn’t make small talk. There’s not even a smiley face programmed into the screen to ease your trepidation over having a robot follow your every move.

Gita is basically a two wheeled shopping bag, designed to follow whoever is wearing the fanny pack to which it is linked. Great concept, though you’re screwed if it runs out of battery.

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07:06
Mark Zuckerberg looking at things

Just look. Look at Zuck looking at things. Look, Zuck, look.

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07:04
ITIF: economic nationalism is not the right response...

President Trump is right that China is flouting global trade rules to the detriment of the U.S., says the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), which includes Cynthia Hogan (pictured), Apple’s vice president for public policy for the Americas on its board. However, economic nationalism is not the right response, the tech-policy think tank argues in a new report out today. 

Instead, ITIF — an independent, nonpartisan research and educational institute focusing on the intersection of technological innovation and public policy — contends that the U.S. must pursue a new doctrine of constructive, alliance-backed confrontation, where policymakers put “America First”—as the leader of an international coalition that pressures China to stop rigging markets and start competing on fair terms.

“China’s systematic mercantilism...

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07:02
Steve Jobs’ liver—and the quest for a better organ...

Mallory Locklear, Ars Technica:

In 2009, Steve Jobs received a liver transplant—not in northern California where he lived, but across the country in Memphis, Tennessee. Given the general complications of both travel and a transplant, Jobs’ decision may seem like an odd choice. But it was a strategic move that almost certainly got him a liver much more quickly than if Jobs had just waited for a liver to become available in California. Eight years later, the Apple founder’s procedure continues to highlight the state of transplants in the US: when it comes to organs, we have a big math problem.

Today, there’s a much greater need than there are organs to go around. It’s a problem currently being tackled in part by mathematicians and developers, who are crafting clever algorithms that aim to make organ allocation as fair as possible. But it’s complicated math that’s done against a backdrop of sticky ethical issues, and the debates surrounding it are heated and contentious...

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07:01
News: Report: Apple hasn’t yet signed onto brief...

Despite its vocal opposition to President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration earlier this year, Apple has not joined other tech companies in signing on to a new lawsuit looking to block a second version of the Trump’s executive order, Reuters reports. Apple is reportedly among 60 technology companies, including Google and Facebook, that appear to have decided against putting their weight behind this new lawsuit. A legal brief…

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06:53
iLuv ‘Rainbow8’ multi-color smart home bulbs...

iLuv has just announced its new Rainbow8 light bulbs, a new HomeKit offering in the muticolor light space. Available to buy now ($49.99), these are the first WiFi HomeKit bulbs that do not require a separate hub to use. This means you can add some smart home features to your house just by replacing an existing ceiling lightbulb with the Rainbow8.

With HomeKit integration, the Rainbow8 multicolor lights can be controlled using the Home app on iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch as well as Control Center. You can also use voice commands to change the hue or adjust the brightness, using Siri …

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06:51
Amazon adds one/two hour alcohol delivery to Amazon...

Currently testing in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio. This is known as the Dalrymple option for some reason.

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06:48
Apple adds Apple Park details and satellite imagery...

Fire up Apple Maps, switch to satellite (on the Mac, it’s the tab in the map window’s upper right corner, in iOS, the tab is hidden behind the info icon), then type Apple Park in the search box. You’ll want the Apple Park in Cupertino, CA. Fun exploring the map this way, though I’m looking forward to the finished product.

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06:45
WePay payments provider now supports Apple Pay on...

Apple introduced Apple Pay on the web with iOS 10 and macOS Sierra last fall, and today integrated payments provider WePay announced support for the mobile payment service on Safari. WePay clients include GoFundMe, FreshBooks, Meetup, and other major services.

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06:42
Nearly half of iPhone users are uncomfortable...

 

Nearly half of iPhone users have little or no confidence in storing their personal information on iCloud, according to a survey of 1,001 iPhone users conducted by Clutch, a business-to-business (B2B) ratings and reviews firm. 

Forty-seven percent (47%) of iPhone users said they are only "slightly" or "not at all" comfortable with storing personal information on iCloud. Meanwhile, 44% of respondents said they are "very" or "somewhat" comfortable with doing so.

iCloud, Apple's cloud storage and computing service for iOS devices, has...

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06:40
Apple-backed think tank calls for radical changes to...




A Washington think tank -- with board members from Apple, Amazon, Google and other tech firms -- on Thursday called for an international coalition to pressure China into changing course on some of its economic policies.

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06:37
10 truly wacky wearables and offbeat sensors

10 offbeat trackers and wacky wearables

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Are you feeling worn out by wearables? Can’t stand the thought of strapping yet another heart-rate-sensing, step-counting, sleep-tracking watch around your wrist? I feel your pain. As someone who frequently reviews activity trackers, I don’t often see bold new features in mainstream devices. But if you look closely at small startups around the globe, you’ll start to notice some cool, slightly crazy, definitely out-there devices that go far beyond counting steps. Some of the claims these device developers make will likely make your eyes roll. Nonetheless, here are 10 wacky wearables and oddball devices that may also pique your curiosity.

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06:36
White hat hackers use Safari to pwn MacBook Pro,...

Tim Hardwick, MacRumors, on the CanMacWest security conference and the Pwn2Own hacking contest:

Independent hackers Samuel Groß and Niklas Baumstark landed a partial success and earned $28,000 after targeting Safari with an escalation to root on macOS, which allowed them to scroll a message on a MacBook Pro Touch Bar.

Check out the picture in the post. Imagine seeing a message like that crawling across your Touch Bar. On the positive side, these exploits have been turned over to Apple so they can be patched before the exploits are made public.

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06:30
Apple is underpricing AirPods and Apple Watch

Neil Cybart:

After using AirPods for the past three months, one takeaway relates to pricing. It is clear that Apple is underpricing AirPods. While this statement may sound outlandish considering that a pair of EarPods is included in every iPhone box, AirPods are not just any pair of headphones.

Yes, I do think the statement sounds outlandish. But reading the post, I do think Neil is on to something here (as he usually is). Apple seems to be shifting away from their typical high margin Apple Tax strategy, at least when it comes to AirPods and Apple Watch.

Contrary to the conclusions found in most headphone buying guides, AirPods should not be compared to lower-priced, wired headphones. These buying guides not only lean on sound quality to unfairly shortchange truly wireless headphones, but also misidentify why consumers want to buy wireless headphones in the first place. AirPods’ primary value proposition isn’t found with sound quality but rather with not having...

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06:18
With 'iPhone 8,' Apple & Samsung to...




Huawei may have just 8 percent of its smartphones shipped with OLED panels in 2017 because of constrained supply forced by Apple's shift to the technology, and Samsung selling the majority of its available supply for the "iPhone 8."

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06:05
∞ Amtrak snow-mo collision

Why didn’t the people on the platform see all the snow on the tracks, see the speed of the train, and then use common sense to get the hell out of the way?

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: 10-Ft Apple MFi-Certified...

For Thursday’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering the 10-Ft MFi-Certified Lightning Cable: 3-Pack for only $20 — that’s 77% off the regular price. These three 6.5’ cables are MFi-certified so you can safely charge and sync your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, and give you enough length to comfortably use your devices while charging from just about anywhere you’re sitting. Get the 10-Ft MFi-Certified Lightning Cable: 3-Pack now for…

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Everybody Dance Now! Pyle's 1200-watt Disco Jam...

Tired of those measly little battery powered Bluetooth speakers because they just don't produce enough sound to fill your parties with the beat? Pyle USA today introduced the Disco Jam 2 Stereo System (US$227.99) to reverse that trend and keep everyone dancing all night long.

This is really the ultimate Bluetooth speaker, featuring 1200 watts of power, two 10-inch woofers and three 5-inch piezo tweeters. You can feed the Disco Jam 2 from your iPhone or iPad over Bluetooth, plug in a USB drive filled with music, or even tune into your favorite local FM station with the built-in tuner.

Carrying this unit between parties is made easy with built-in carrying handles, and it even has built-...

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05:59
Apple estimated to grab 14% of OLED panel production...

According to Digitimes, Apple and Samsung will dominate OLED display supply this year whilst smaller phone vendors struggle to secure suppliers. The report says Apple will get about 75 million OLED panels from Samsung in 2017 for iPhone 8, which is about 15% of total annual OLED production output. Samsung Electronics will get about 56%; Apple’s share would be even higher if the iPhone 8 launched earlier in the year.

It’s also worth noting that Apple is only launching one iPhone this year with an OLED display, as the other two new 2017 iPhones will continue to use LCD displays like the iPhone 7.

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05:43
Reuters reports Apple & other tech companies...

Reuters report suggests that Apple and more than 60 other tech companies have ‘backed away’ from fighting Trump’s second travel ban.

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05:39
Patent report: enhanced AirPods and Apple Watches,...

Apple was granted three patents today that shows it plans to beef up the features of its AirPods wireless earbuds. Patents 20170078781, 20170078780 and 20170078785 are for “earbuds with biometric sensing.”

The patents involve earbuds configured with one or more biometric sensors. At least one of the biometric sensors is configured to be pressed up against a portion of the tragus — a small pointed eminence of the external ear — for making biometric measurements. 

In some embodiments, the housing of the earbud can be symmetric so that the earbud can be worn interchangeably in either a left or a right ear of a user. In such an embodiment, the earbud can include a sensor and circuitry configured to determine and alter operation of the earbud in accordance to which ear the earbud is determined to be sitting in.

In the patent filings, Apple notes that biometric sensors often need to be in close or even direct contact with the skin to properly measure...

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05:18
Security researchers uncover two zero-day...

Security researchers competing at the annual Pwn2own conference have discoveredtwo zero-day vulnerabilities in Apple’s Safari. Two teams successfully exploited the bugs they found to achieve root access to macOS, while a third attempt failed, reports 9to5Mac.

Chaitin Security Research Lab chained together an exploit that took advantage of six bugs to escalate their access to root on macOS, winning a $35,000 prize. Samuel Grob and Niklas Baumstark won $28,000 for exploiting five bugs to display a message on the Touch Bar of a 2016 MacBook Pro. Full details of both exploits will be provided to Apple so that the bugs can be fixed before they are made public, notes 9to5Mac.

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05:15
How-To: How to close all your open Safari tabs at...

This qualifies as one of the coolest iOS shortcuts I’ve heard about in a while.

For people who want to close all their Safari tabs at once, you can pull this off on your iOS device by pressing and holding the new tab (double square) button.

That’s it, it offers to close all your open Safari tabs at once and saves a giant headache in the process.

And if that’s not spiffy, nothing is.

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05:00
Justice Department files charges against Russian...

They found the people who hacked into more than half a billion Yahoo email accounts.

The Justice Department announced charges Wednesday against two Russian spies and two hackers behind the infamous 2014 hacks, which have been identified as among the most significant digital security breaks in American history.

The four men together face 47 criminal charges, including conspiracy, computer fraud, economic espionage, theft of trade secrets and aggravated identity theft, the Justice Department said in a news release.

The first, Karim Baratov, 22, a Canadian and Kazakh national and a resident of Canada, was arrested in Canada on Tuesday, said Mary McCord, acting assistant attorney general for national security.

Charges have also been pressed against two Russian Federal Security Service agents. The two are Dmitry Aleksandrovich Dokuchaev, 33, a Russian national and resident, and Igor Anatolyevich Sushchin, 43, a Russian national and resident.

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04:30
How to protect your data

By most accounts macOS and iOS are safer operating systems than Windows or Android. However, there was a dubious 2015 report from GFI (a company that makes “IT solutions that enable businesses to discover, manage and secure their networks” ) that claims that the Apple operating systems were the “most vulnerable” OS’s.

Whether Apple makes the most or least secure operating systems, there are good reasons to protect your data from loss and from prying eyes. The best way to accomplish the former is simply to back-up your data to external hard drives (at least one of which you keep somewhere other than your home or office), as well as having a "cloud" backup. When it comes to backing up to external drives, the Time Machine feature in macOS makes it simple and easy.

When it comes to on-line backups, there are various solutions. My personal favorite is CrashPlan from Code 42, which offers unlimited storage space and lets you upload files of any size. CrashPlan’s backup data...

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04:06
Two zero-day Safari vulnerabilities uncovered by...

Security researches competing at the annual Pwn2own conference yesterday uncovered two zero-day vulnerabilities in Safari. Two teams successfully exploited the bugs they found to achieve root access to macOS, while a third attempt failed.

Eleven teams are competing for a total $1M prize pot, with three of the ten attempts to date targeting Safari …

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04:00
Slide Pop brings cool View-Master effects to Final...

By Aaron Lee

Noise Industries' $49 Slide Pop plug-in offers 20 cool, customizable View-Master style effects and transitions for Apple's Final Cut Pro X. 

Think "retro" when considering this plug-in as it provides access to 20 customizable effects and transitions inspired by the vintage View-Master slide show camera. The customizable controls and color presets let you put your own spin on the classic View-Master look.

The View-Master utilized a small, colorful reel, which users placed in the device to see images with a 3D effect. It offered slide reels of just about every major kids’ show and motion picture in its day. A number of different manufacturers have produced View-Master, including Tyco Toys and Fisher-Price.

To use Slide Pop you drag and drop the effect or transition onto your footage. (You can find Slide Pop under Effects and...

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02:06
Apple inventions again point to work on health-...




A trio of Apple patent applications published on Thursday detail the inner workings of a wireless earbud system packed with sensors for taking biometric readings, suggesting the company is developing an advanced set of AirPods.

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01:42
Google Play Music has a few new options for playback...

After seemingly forgetting about Google Play Music for an extended period of time, the search juggernaut has been showing its music streaming app newfound love lately. The newest update across Android and iOS adds options for playback quality (low, n...

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00:19
Get ready to see more Twitter live streams

Twitter seriously wants to give Facebook a run for its money in its bid to transform into one of the largest online destination for live videos. According to The Information, the social network plans to announce next week that it's opening up its liv...

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23:22
Watch these declassified nuclear test films on...

There's something both beautiful and unnerving about a mushroom cloud. The United States conducted around 216 atmospheric nuclear tests between 1945 and 1992, many taking place in Nevada and the Pacific Proving Grounds. Now, rare videos of those deto...

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21:47
NVIDIA and Bosch team up for AI-powered autonomous...

NVIDIA lined up quite a few partners at CES this year, including Audi and Mercedes, to use its powerful upcoming Xavier chip in autonomous vehicles. But days ago, Intel bought MobilEye for $15 billion to develop self-driving software and hardware to...

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