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Saturday April 15

Apple May Transform Diabetes Care and Treatment:...

Apple is working on a secret project to develop wearable devices that can monitor the blood sugar of diabetics without using invasive finger sticks, part of a vision that originated with company founder Steve Jobs, according to a report. Cor, a company Apple acquired in 2010, has been working for more than five years on a way to integrate noninvasive glucose monitoring into a wearable like an Apple Watch device. Glucose monitoring traditionally has required that diabetics use lancets to pierce their fingertips at least four times daily.

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This week’s top stories: Our WWDC wish lists, iPhone...

In this week’s top stories: Our WWDC wish lists for iOS 11, macOS 10.13, watchOS 4 and tvOS 11, the latest iPhone 8 reports, Nvidia’s Pascal GPU drivers for Mac, modular Mac Pro possibilities, and much more.


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Clips app: The ultimate guide

Apparently, this is everything you could ever want to know about Clips.

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Recommended Reading: Technology hasn't improved...

How Technology Has
Failed to Improve
Your Airline Experience
Farhad Manjoo,
The New York Times

It hasn't been a great week for United, but that massive incident served as a harsh reminder that the airline industry has a long list of customer servi...

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∞ Evan Nagao at the European Yoyo Championships

I can barely get a yo-yo to go down and back up. This guy is doing stunts that would have me strangled by my own string. And his choice of music is

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The curious story of Magic Girl, the would-be...

I had no idea the world of pinball game creation could be so full of intrigue and drama.

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Siri is dying. Long live Susan Bennett

I’m not sure where the “Siri is dying” part of the story comes from and the web site’s layout is annoying as hell but it’s an interesting article nonetheless.

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Uber saw rapid growth in 2016, but it still bled cash

Uber has revealed part of its financials for the first time, perhaps in effort to distract you from all the controversies it's involved with. The privately held ride-hailing company, which isn't required to publicize its earnings, has told Bloomberg...

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Become Tech Savvy: How to track and manage cellular...

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

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

Last week we focused on deconstructing the complicated nature of the wireless carrier world and today we’re going to dive deeper into how to track and manage your cellular data usage.


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Apple now upgrading iPad 4th gen replacements to...

Customers in need of a whole unit replacement for their fourth generation iPad may now receive a newer and more capable iPad Air 2 as a substitute from Apple Stores and authorized service providers. Apple is implementing the new policy, allowing its repair staff to ship an iPad Air 2 for a unit replacement when stock of the aging and now discontinued 4th gen iPad isn’t available.

An internal memo obtained by 9to5Mac reads:


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The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend! We have news on the Microsoft Windows zero-days that weren't, and a teaser trailer for the next Star Wars movie.

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Airbnb fights off account hijackers with new...

If you get hacked on Airbnb, you won't only have to worry about criminals getting ahold of your credit card details. You'll also have to fret about internet scammers knowing exactly where you're staying on a particular date or the addresses of the pr...

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The Week in Apple News and Rumors: Apple Podcasts,...

Apple headlines for the week ending Apr. 14, 2017

Image by Apple

Plenty of important news and juicy rumors from the past week. Check out the Apple-related headlines in this week’s slideshow. Just click on the link to get more information.

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Microsoft says it already patched 'Shadow...

Yesterday, the mysterious "Shadow Brokers" posted some hacking tools for Windows that were allegedly stolen from the NSA. All of them were at least a few years old, but exploited flaws in several versions of the operating system to move across networ...

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Friday April 14

Breaking the trend: why Apple is likely to release...

The rumor mill is working overtime this year, suggesting that Apple is looking at debuting three new iPhone models, including an "iPhone 8" loaded with new technology, and a new design. AppleInsider examines why, in the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, that this seems likely.

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This week on AI: Apple Car's California driver...

Some of the most interesting news actually came towards the end of the week, when Apple was revealed to have a permit to run self-driving cars on California roads. Industry maneuvers with Toshiba and Qualcomm also made headlines, along with news of more green energy entering the Apple supply chain.

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Shadow Brokers release also suggests NSA spied on...

Besides a cache of potentially damaging zero-day exploits against many versions of Windows, another element of today's Shadow Brokers release is a folder titled SWIFT. Inside, it has documents listing the internal structure at EastNets, a Dubai-based...

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Facebook busts up international spam operation

While Facebook has spent significant time fighting fake news on its network, it continues to battle another plague to its social platform: Fake accounts. These are often used to spread low-quality content, so the internet titan has been ramping up it...

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GOP rep. on ISP privacy rules: 'Nobody's...

The internet is a ubiquitous part of our daily lives. It's where many of us turn when we need to file our taxes, apply for jobs or search for housing. But one Republican lawmaker who voted to roll back FCC privacy regulations last month said, "Nobody...

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'Shadow Brokers' dump of NSA tools...

Earlier this year "The Shadow Brokers" -- an entity claiming to have stolen hacking tools from the NSA then offering them for sale -- seemed to pack up shop, but the group has continued on. Today, it made a new post that contained a number of working...

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GM aims to put 300 more self-driving Chevy Bolts on...

General Motors and its San Francisco-based autonomous vehicles division Cruise have made it clear they plan to put an autonomous taxi fleet on the road as fast as possible. Earlier this year, rumors from both the Wall Street Journal and Reuters claim...

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Apple's Mac, iPad dodge an ugly new NSA hacker...

A series of previously unknown Windows hacking tools used by the U.S. National Security Agency has been leaked, enabling "zero day" exploits to be used against millions of Windows PCs to deface websites, lock up systems to demand a ransom payment or to steal emails and other data.

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Dallas siren hack: Coming to a city near you

At 11:42 PM last Friday night in Dallas, suddenly and for no apparent reason, what locals call the 'tornado sirens' went off. All of them. It was a clear, calm night; no foul weather presaged the blare of an emergency system so loud it's meant to wak...

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AWT News Update: April 14, 2017

Susan Bennett, the voice of Siri. Photo via Typeform

We have a short AWT News Update for you on this Good Friday 2017:

  • Voice actress Susan Bennett, the voice of Siri, talks about her voice recording work for the AI that started back in 2005
  • Apple is cornering the market on high-quality trees

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.

Text Version

This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for Good Friday, April 14th, 2017. We hope that you and your...

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Here’s what the Hackintosh community wants in the...

The Hackintosh community is probably best described as a group that doesn’t love Apple’s hardware options for pros but would prefer not to give up macOS for Windows or another alternative.

They put together their own custom PC builds, and work together to come up with the necessary hacks to get macOS and the software they need running on the machines. Who better to ask what Apple should include in its upcoming modular Mac Pro than the pros that it has pushed away?

To find out what Hackintoshers want in the new machine, and maybe what would help bring back some pros Apple might have pushed away over the years, we’ve talked to the moderators at one of our favourite Hacktinosh communities,

We also got some input from our own resident Hackintosh enthusiast (and YouTuber) Jeff...

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SpaceX announces date for second Hyperloop pod...

It's been less than three months since the first Hyperloop Competition blasted test pods down a 1.25-kilometer test track in Southern California and SpaceX is already gearing up for the second edition. Hyperloop Pod Competition II will take place at...

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'Nex Machina' will show you exactly how...

Finnish developer Housemarque's ode to Robotron: 2084, Nex Machina is out for PC and PlayStation 4 this summer. And while we debuted it in December, details for the frantic arcade shooter have been relatively scarce since. But that's slowly changing....

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This experimental e-book gets edited every time it...

A Universe Explodes is an unusual e-book in a variety of ways. Best viewed on a mobile device, it's about 20 pages long and has 128 words per page. Only 100 people "own" the original version, though the book itself is free and can be read by anyone a...

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Live your Kamehameha-blasting dream with '...

Somewhere high on the list of childhood fantasies is the dream to hurl balls of energy from your hands. Capcom knows this urge, which is why they stuck a Hadoken-throwing simulator in their Ultra Street Fighter II Nintendo Switch port. But the king o...

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Apple received a permit to test self-driving cars in...

It seems like Apple has not yet hit the brakes on its self-driving car.

As of Friday, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles now lists Apple as one of the companies with a permit to legally test self-driving cars in the state. This means that Apple’s self-driving initiative, codenamed Project Titan, is back on track.

California requires all companies with autonomous vehicles to register before hitting the road. Other tech companies like Google and Uber, alongside car manufacturers like Tesla and BMW, have also received permits to test their self-driving technology on public roads. Uber’s permit was recently secured in March, but the company had been conducting rogue trials for a while.


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Of course there's a 'Candy Crush'...

The Candy Crush craze continues to reach new heights. Just when you thought a TV show based on the popular game was more than you could handle, well, that's not the only thing happening in time for summer. King, the app's developer, has teamed up wit...

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djay Pro: Making everyone a DJ. Anywhere. Any time....

Thanks to djay Pro for sponsoring The Loop this week.

djay Pro, Algoriddim’s award-winning DJ application, is available for macOS, iOS, and Android. Now it’s also on Windows 10, bridging a native desktop and touch experience across every platform and fulfilling our mission of making everyone a DJ. Anywhere. Any time. Any platform.

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Is Apple self-driving car software coming? DMV...

Apple wants to get on those California roads. (credit: nrg_crisis (off and on))

On Friday, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) updated its website to reflect that Apple now has a permit to test self-driving cars on public roads.

Apple has been hiring automotive experts—particularly those with experience in autonomous driving—for years. (In 2015, Tesla CEO Elon Musk...

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Trump administration is killing its open data portal

Reversing yet another Obama-era practice, the Trump administration announced on Friday that it will not only be keeping its visitor logs secret for five years after Trump leaves office, but will be shuttering the portal. This is where the pr...

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Apple considers bid for stake in Toshiba chip...

Apple Inc is considering teaming up with its supplier Foxconn to bid for Toshiba Corp’s semiconductor business, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported on Friday – the latest twist in the sale of the world’s second-biggest flash memory chipmaker.

Makes perfect sense. Guess who the largest chipmaker is? Samsung.

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Unlock YouTube's hidden Dark Mode to save your...

If you've ever tried to watch YouTube when it's dark out, you know that the typical bright white of the video service's page can be a bit blinding. Enter "Dark Mode," a hidden feature that turns the light surfaces black or dark gray so you can get on...

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Sprint and The Onion have a video series no one...

Seeing the former Verizon pitch man (who's named Paul) shilling for Sprint was a bit weird. Sprint seems to know this and has capitalized on it with a partnership with The Onion's creative services team, Onion Labs. Together they produced a series of...

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The Week in iOS Apps: Is The Best Photo App the best...

A bold name, and a bold claim

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup includes a photo app with the most audacious app name ever. Plus: Scooby Doo, where are you?

The Best Photo App

Image by Best Photo App

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Next 'Layton' game is coming to Android...

Last we knew, the new Professor Layton game's differences from prior releases were relegated to its protagonist and the absence of its original puzzle designer. Now word is out that Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire's Conspiracy...

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Indie gaming hit Fez coming to Apple's iOS...

Popular indie game Fez is coming to mobile platforms later in 2017 -- including at least Apple's iOS, developer Polytron revealed this week.

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It's Official: Apple is Testing Self-Driving...

Apple has been granted a license for testing autonomous vehicles in California, marking the formal launch of its race with the likes of Uber, Alphabet and Tesla to define the future of driverless transportation. The permit was revealed with Apple's appearance on the list of approved companies on the California automotive regulator's website on Friday morning. From a report: This suggests Apple's ambitions in the auto industry are alive, despite some reported upheaval in the project, code-named "Project Titan." Reports last year centered on changing leadership and shifting focus within the project, which is under the command of veteran Apple executive Bob Mansfield. Still, as Apple looks for its next major growth driver after the iPhone -- and as cars increasingly become computers -- it's easy to see why the company would be interested.


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9to5Rewards: Anker’s PowerCore 2200 battery case for...

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is Anker and its newest iPhone 7 battery case. 

The company has its new PowerCore Case 2200 for iPhone 7 (pictured above), which includes a 2200mAh battery in a super sleek design to give away to 9to5Mac readers this week. 


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Komodo Dragons may hold the key to fighting...

Komodo Dragon blood could save your life. Curious scientists -- are there any other kind? -- recently identified a peptide in the Dragon plasma that might serve as an antibiotic. Now, a bite from a Komodo Dragon is lethal not from venom, but from bac...

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Hands on with the best AirPods accessories

Now that AirPods have been on the market for a few months (although they’re amazingly still six weeks out on Apple’s website for new orders), there are a lot of accessories to choose from. Let’s take a look at some of the best products to enhance, protect, and prevent the loss of your AirPods.


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Alphabet's Verily details its research-focused...

Google has made a smartwatch, but not the kind you might expect. Verily, the health organisation owned by Google parent company Alphabet, has (finally) announced its 'Study Watch' for medical research purposes. It doesn't run Android Wear, nor does i...

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Apple Car rumors revive as Apple applies to test...

Let the Apple Car rumors rise like the phoenix from the ashes. Apple has received a permit to test autonomous cars in California, “the first official confirmation that the maker of the iPhone sees the century-old automobile as a product that's ripe for reinvention and a reflection of its need to tap new markets to sustain its growth,” according to Business Insider

The California DMV updated its website on Friday, adding Apple to 29 other companies testing self-driving vehicles in the state, including Tesla and Google. This is “confirmation that Apple continues to work on a self-driving car, which the company has not previously discussed in public or confirmed beyond an advisory letter to the NHTSA in December,” says Business Insider...

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Google’s Family Link app now lets you monitor your...

After launching last month for Android users, Google’s new Family Link app today arrives on iOS. The app is aimed at parents, allowing them to monitor things like screen time and apps downloaded from Google Play, as well as setting restrictions for Android devices their kids are using (via TechCrunch).


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Wouldn’t it be nice if Mac error messages actually...

This has been an eternal frustration for Mac users, more so for those of us who used the OS before OS X when these error messages seemed even more frequent. They’ve always been frustratingly opaque.

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'Tinder for BFFs' app makes more sense...

For most of my adult life, I've had trouble making friends. As a shy, introverted person, I don't go out often, and when I do, it's hard for me to talk to people. What do I say? How do I jump into conversations? After many failed attempts, I became i...

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Apple wins California DMV permit for testing self-...

The California Department of Motor Vehicles on Friday added Apple to the list of companies with permission to test self-driving vehicles in the state, suggesting that the company is pushing through with work on "Project Titan."

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Apple has an official permit to test self-driving...

As usual, the media jumps to conclusions. Apple might be testing autonomous cars but I believe it’s more likely testing autonomous car systems for inclusion into other manufacturer’s vehicles.

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Bose goes premium with its outdoor-ready Revolve...

You might see Bluetooth speakers as a commodity item, but Bose is having none of that with its premium, pricey SoundLink Revolve and Revolve Plus models. Much like the Vizio Cast, they output music from 360 degrees, so they sound the same to anyone i...

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Apple shares three special Shot on iPhone ads to...

I love seeing these ads Apple creates for other countries. I can’t wait to see the ones they produce for my native Canadian language.

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NHL adding iPads on benches for playoffs

NHL coaches have been given more technology on the bench in time for the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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∞ “Cassini’s Grand Finale”

I bet you’ve never felt this wistful about a space probe before.

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Deals: $240 off Radeon 460 15" MacBook Pros; 13...

Heading into the weekend, readers can save $240 on upgraded 15" MacBook Pros with Radeon 460 graphics and no tax outside NY and NJ. Or save $150 on Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in Space Gray. Beats Solo2 wired headphones are also $50 to $60 off instantly with prices starting at $139.99.

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W1 Beats Deals: Solo3 Wireless for $160 ($140 off);...

Amazon this week is slashing prices on popular Beats headphones equipped with Apple's W1 chip by up to $140. Pick up a pair of Solo3 Wireless headphones for $159.95 or save $20 on BeatsX earphones. Powerbeats3 Wireless Class 1 Bluetooth earphones are also $129.99, a discount of $70 off.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Withings Activité Smartwatch $...

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Report: Apple officially testing self-driving cars...

Apple’s car project has gone quiet over the last few months after frequent reports detailed the company’s efforts to develop an electric vehicle. Now there’s a new development via Business Insider: Apple has registered with the state of California to test self-driving vehicles.


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How to print to PDF on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Print to PDF is an easy way to preserve the information and layout of what you are currently viewing, saving a 1:1 digital copy of the documents and websites you use everyday. You don’t actually print anything, but the idea is that an exact replica of what would have appeared on paper, if you had sent a job to a real printer, is instead stored as a PDF file.

A big advantage of Print to PDF, or Save to PDF as it is often known, is that it is available in a lot of apps by default. Apps don’t have to support PDF output, they just have to support the normal printing features. This means Save to PDF is widely available across many iOS apps, and even more Mac apps.

The concept of Print to PDF began on the desktop and macOS exposes the feature relatively prominently. On iOS, the feature is harder to find. There isn’t an obvious button in the interface for it, but the capability is there — if a little hidden. Read on for step-by-step instructions to print to PDF on Mac,...

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Actress says credit for Siri's personality...

The attitude displayed by Apple's Siri assistant can really be attributed to programmers, not voice work, according to the actress responsible for Siri's U.S. female voice, Susan Bennett.

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Happy Hour Podcast 115 | Leaked iPhone 8 schematics...

This week Benjamin and Zac put the latest iPhone 8 leaks and rumors in context including an alleged leaked schematic, Touch ID potentially moving to the back, more thoughts on Clips after one week, Apple’s new Podcasts directory name, and Apple’s internal Apple Watch challenge. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.


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Renogy Phoenix packs portable power into a briefcase

Renogy Phoenix

Whether you're planning on spending a lot of time outdoors this summer or want to be prepared for emergencies, a new solar generator briefcase from Renogy called the Phoenix (US$574.99) can provide plenty of clean energy. 

The Phoenix packs 16Ah of power storage into a waterproof case outfitted with two 10 watt solar panels. What can you do with 16Ah? How about recharging an iPhone 6s 32 times? Or giving a GoPro camera 47 full charges? 

Unlike most portable external batteries, the Phoenix also comes with a built-in inverter capable of turning that power into 110V AC so you can plug in almost any small appliance or laptop. In fact, the Phoenix has a regular 110V grounded outlet, a 12V "cigarette lighter" output, 4 USB ports, and 2 12V DC ports. 

The specs say that the Phoenix with its two solar panels can be recharged in just 6 hours by placing it in direct...

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Apple Turkey airs three new 'Shot on iPhone...

Apple has aired three new commercials in Turkey as part of the country's Children's Day celebrations, with the trio of regional spots continuing the 'Shot on iPhone' campaign filmed by 11-year-old children.

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Nubrella is a hands-free umbrella that can keep your...

As a much of a gadget geek as anyone but this is utterly ridiculous. It may not flip inside out until 41mph but, among other things, you just put a sail over your head, jerking you around like a rag doll. Not conducive to steady shooting.

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Getting Your Devices and Data Over the U.S. Border

Planning ahead (and knowing your rights) can make all the difference if you want to cross into the U.S. without opening your entire digital life to U.S. authorities.


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External Link: Undercover in a Chinese iPhone Factory

How’s this for a summer project? NYU grad student Dejian Zeng spent six weeks last summer working in an iPhone factory near Shanghai, China. Zeng agreed to an interview with Business Insider’s Kif Leswing to describe his experience. There have been horror stories about conditions inside Chinese iPhone contract manufacturing factories, but outside of dorm life and the temporary nature of the work, Zeng’s experience will sound pretty familiar to anyone acquainted with American factory work.


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Apple May Invest Billions of Dollars In Toshiba...

Toshiba shares recovered after Japan's national broadcaster reported that Apple is considering an investment of several billion dollars in its semiconductor unit, raising the prospect that the struggling electronics conglomerate will get a much-needed cash infusion. From a report: Toshiba has put its memory chips business up for sale to make up for a writedown of 716.6 billion yen ($6.56 billion) in its U.S. nuclear equipment operations. One option being considered is an investment accompanied by Toshiba holding shares, so that a majority of the semiconductor unit will be held by U.S. and Japanese interests, satisfying the respective governments, NHK said.


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Photolemur 2 arrives April 18: Check out our video...

Last October we were amazed by a Mac app called Photolemur. To quote the Photolemur development team, "The software is powered by a self-learning AI image processing technology and instantly enhances photos based on its previous “experience”. Photolemur does almost everything by itself, the users only need to load the photos and save the best images afterwards." Now, the app has been optimized and runs much faster than before, the image enhancements are (in my opinion) better, and even the user interface has been streamlined. Let's take a look at what's new in Photolemur 2 ($2.99/month subscription during the first 30...

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Amazon allowing Alexa software, far-field microphone...

Amazon's core hardware and software technologies that it uses in its Alexa voice recognition products are available for use for free by hardware manufacturers -- but not to everyone.

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The new CIA head hates WikiLeaks (when convenient)

The new director of the CIA has come out swinging against WikiLeaks, calling the organization a "hostile intelligence service." In his first public speech, Mike Pompeo called Julian Assange a "narcissist who has created nothing of value," adding that...

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‘House of Strombo’ coming to Apple Music

George Stroumboulopoulos, Canada’s top music interviewer and known in Canada as “Strombo,” has signed on with Apple Music to bring his "House of Strombo" concert series to the streaming service, via YouTube. The shows are filmed at his downtown Toronto home in front of a live audience, “crammed into his living room,” reports Billboard.

Pictured is George Stroumboulopoulos and Zane Lowe, courtesy of “Billboard.”

The 10-part series, co-produced by Anonymous Content and Son House Productions will feature "a combination of international legends with young and upcoming artists across a variety of music genres.” It will include "exclusive video features, band interviews and behind-the-scenes access only on Apple Music.” 

The first episode features Canadian First Nations DJ group A Tribe Called Red but...

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Susan Bennett reveals more about the process of...

Susan Bennett has told the story before of how she became the voice of Siri without realizing it – at the time, she thought she was making the recordings for an automated switchboard system. In fact, she didn’t even find out she had become Siri until a friend played with an iPhone and recognized her voice.

But in a new interview with Typeform, she has revealed more about how the process worked, including speaking nonsense phrases …


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Facebook buys newspaper space to combat fake news

Facebook has splashed out on a bevy of full-page newspaper ads explaining how readers can better identify fake news. As Bloomberg reports, the marketing materials appeared in Bild, Sueddeutsche Zeitung and Die Welt -- among other dailies in Germany -...

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'House of Strombo' concerts coming to...

Canadian TV host George Stroumboulopoulos has forged a deal which will see his "House of Strombo" concerts come to Apple Music, broadcast in a 10-part series.

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Screen mirroring from Mac to Chromecast now...

The folks at AirBeamTV have released the Mirror for Chromecast app on the Mac App Store and on their website. Screen mirroring (sometimes called screen casting) allows you to see the screen of your Mac, or any external display connected to your Mac, on your TV. 

The Mirror for Chromecast app works on Chromecast 1 and 2 devices and the new Chromecast Ultra. Because the connection between the Mac and the TV is based on Google Cast technology, the Mirror for Chromecast app also works on Smart TVs based on the Android TV operating system, such as the latest models from Sony and Philips, says Jan van Ottele, co-founder and CEO of AirBeamTV. Whatever you can play on your Mac, can also play on your Chromecast, he adds.

Mirror for Chromecast costs $9.99. A demo is available at the AirBeam TV website.

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News: Happy Easter weekend from iLounge!

We hope that all of you, our readers, have a happy and joyful Easter this year. We’ll be on a limited publishing schedule for Good Friday as we spend time with our families this weekend, and will return to our normal publishing schedule next week. Happy Easter!...

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News: Daily Deal: DeltaWalker 2 Pro

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can pick up DeltaWalker 2 Pro for only $29.95 — that’s 50% off the regular price. This handy tool lets you easily clean up your project files that have gotten spread across multiple folders, comparing, editing, and merging changes all side-by-side in a simple and intuitive interface. You can compare blocks of text between up to three files or folders with inline changes, see pixel-by-pixel comparisons between…

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ICYMI: The story of Microsoft's Solitaire and...

Way back in 1988, Wes Cherry was a Microsoft intern and during his time at the company he created the biggest time waster the world has ever known: The Solitaire computer game. Cherry built the game out of boredom instead of being directed by his...

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A Good Snowman is Hard to Build charmingly lives up...

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.

We’ve all been inundated with the query since Frozen came out a few years back, but yes: in fact, I do want to build a snowman. And there’s an iPhone and iPad game that lets me do it all year ‘round without the need for heavy gloves and a coat.

A Good Snowman is Hard to Build debuted early in 2015 on Mac, launching with an inventive promotion that tied the daily price to the current temperature in London. The iOS version didn’t launch...

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Last Chance Deal: Get a lifetime license to...

Scanning paper documents to PDF files has literally become a snap with many iOS apps able to convert photos of bills, receipts and other paperwork to Adobe's Portable Document Format. But what if you need to search for specific information contained in those documents or edit them? That's where Optical Character Recognition (OCR) comes into play, translating PDF files into editable documents. One of the best OCR tools for Mac is Cisdem's PDFConverterOCR 4, and today only we're offering a lifetime license to this app for just $19.99. 

PDFConverterOCR converts your PDF files into almost any file format, retaining their original layouts. It works in 49 different languages, too!

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Synology introduces DiskStation DS1517+, DS1817+,...

Synology Inc. has launched the DiskStation DS1517+ (pictured) and DS1817+,  together with the Expansion Unit DX517. The scalable 5-bay and 8-bay tower servers offer a network-attached storage (NAS) solution for tech enthusiasts and small/medium-sized businesses.

The DS1517+ and DS1817+ include a PCIe slot, which allows users to install an optional 10GbE network interface card or Synology’s new M2D17 M.2 SATA SSD adapter. In addition, the DS1517+ and DS1817+ both come in 2GB and 8GB memory configurations, which can be upgraded to 16GB thanks to the accessible memory compartment.

Installing an additional network interface card allows enthusiasts and businesses to take advantage of up to two 10GbE ports to boost maximum throughput. When combined with the Intel Atom quad-core 2.4GHz processor and equipped with optional dual channel memory, DS1517+ and DS1817+ can deliver sequential throughput performance up to 1,179 MB...

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Apple shares three special Shot on iPhone ads to...

Apple has posted three new Shot on iPhone ads to its Apple Turkey YouTube channel. The fifteen-second spots are special in that all three videos have been taken by 11-year old children using an iPhone 7. The clips include quirky uses of perspective and slow-mo to create some clever sequences.

Apple is posting the videos to celebrate a national holiday in Turkey that takes place on April 23, called National Sovereignty and Children’s Day. Watch the three ads after the jump …


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Rumor: Apple could invest ‘several billion bucks’ in...

The “will they or won’t they” speculation continues. Toshiba is spinning-off its core memory chip business and seeking outside investors in it. Apple is considering investing several billion dollars in a bid that would give it and partner investor Foxconn a more than 20% stake in the business, Reuters — citing a report from Japan's national broadcaster — says Apple is deciding whether to take a decreased stake in the embattled Toshiba chip unit to skirt governmental regulations limiting the transfer of Japanese technology to outside companies. 

The tech giant could have the edge to win the business, which would allow it to lock in memory technology for its iPhone and other products, Chris DeMuth Jr. writes for...

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AppleInsider podcast talks 'iPhone 8,'...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about the 'iPhone 8' and rumored mechanical designs, healthcare and the Apple Watch, and the MacBook Pro falling out of favor with Laptop Magazine.

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These are the six companies that depend on Apple for...

Update: The WSJ reports that Apple is withholding licensing fees from Qualcomm pending resolution of the legal dispute between the two companies. A source estimates that Apple accounts for around 12% of the company’s total revenue. Qualcomm’s share price is down 19% so far this year.

We saw recently the impact on the share price of Imagination Technologies when Apple announced that it expected to stop using the company’s GPU tech within two years. The stock plummeted by 70%, reducing its market valuation by hundred of millions of dollars.

Not surprising when it turns out that royalty payments from Apple on the company’s...

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T-Mobile snags $8 billion of wireless network...

It never hurts to prepare for the future.

T-Mobile recently won an FCC wireless auction for a portion of the wireless airwave spectrum, thereby spending $8 billion to expand its network. The carrier acquired over 1,500 wireless licenses in the 600MHz range. Signals within the 600MHz can travel longer distance and are generally considered high quality—the kind of high quality that would put T-Mobile on par with AT&T and Verizon.

Right now, the 600MHz spectrum is used by television broadcasters, and it won’t clear until early 2020 or so. The company says some of its new spectrum will be usable though, by T-Mobile as well as its subsidiary MetroPCS.

As present, current smartphones aren’t capable of operating on 600 MHz frequencies, though this is expected to change. Qualcomm is presently working on chips capable of this function.

Another arrival in the 2020s will be the expansion of wireless networks to 5G speeds. This means that T-Mobile will catch...

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Some users report of “popping sound”, possible...

This may not be the happiest news in the world, but if you’re experiencing a “popping sound” issue with your 2016 MacBook Pro, you’re not alone. A growing number of users are reporting that they hear a strange “popping” noise coming from their MacBook Pro.

Users explain that the sound is a popping similar to that of when you “slowly squeeze a plastic bottle.” While some users explain that there doesn’t appear to be a rhyme or reason as to when the popping sound occurs, other say that it seems to happen during more intensive tasks like gaming and video streaming, especially when the MacBook Pro’s fans start to kick in.

Some users have speculated that the issue relates to the ingest on the notebook where heat has caused some glue or plastic mount to lose some of its sturdiness. The issue seems to be more prevalent among 15-inch MacBook Pro users, which makes sense considering the heavier screen panel of the device.

One user offered the following:


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Google Spins VR Experiences on the Web

Google on Thursday announced compatibility of its WebVR on Chrome with its low-cost Google Cardboard virtual reality system. It also launched WebVR Experiments, an online showcase for virtuality reality content in development. WebVR became available on Daydream-ready phones earlier this year. The newly launched WebVR Experiments are essentially proof-of-concept offerings -- from simple VR games such as Konterball, a ping pong game, to The Musical Forest, which lets users around the world tap or click on objects to make sounds.

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Microsoft hammered by surveillance requests in 2016

US authorities must have spent more time at Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court last year than in 2015. According to Microsoft's latest transparency report, the tech titan received 1,000 to 1,499 surveillance requests for foreign intelligence pur...

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Apple seeking ‘more than 20%’ stake in Toshiba’s...

Following earlier confusion about whether Apple or Foxconn was bidding for a stake in Toshiba’s chip-making division, it appears that the answer could be ‘both.’ Reuters cites a report by public broadcaster NHK that Apple would be making its own bid alongside the existing Foxconn one.

Apple is considering teaming up with its supplier Foxconn to bid for Toshiba’s semiconductor business, public broadcaster NHK said on Friday […] Apple is considering investing at least several billion dollars to take a stake of more than 20 percent....

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The Morning After: Friday, April 14th 2017

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

This Friday, we're saying an unexpected goodbye to the NES Classic Edition and preparing for the Model 3's big reveal in July. Oh, and scientists took a picture of a black hole -- you just can't look at it yet.

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New York City's free WiFi kiosks speed up...

When New York City launched its LinkNYC gigabit free WiFi program last year, it was a win for internet accessibility. With over 800 devices currently spread across New York City, the kiosks provide municipal broadband for anyone in WiFi range, as wel...

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Apple considers investing 'several billion...

According to the latest industry whispers surrounding the sale Toshiba's semiconductor unit, Apple is considering investing several billion dollars in a bid that would give it and partner investor Foxconn a more than 20 percent stake in the business.

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Survey says: Political polarization isn't the...

It's easy to blame social media for the rising political polarization in the US when you can use it to hide in a bubble of your own creation. Simply block people who don't share your viewpoint on Facebook and Twitter, and follow, Like and heart only...

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Skype's 'all-new' Windows 10 app...

Although Microsoft isn't promoting its Xbox One camera add-on nearly as much these days (and using one on new systems requires an adapter just to plug it in), it has acknowledged the Kinect with a new version of Skype for the console. This "all new"...

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Easter weekend at Apple World Today

The staff of Apple World Today would like to extend holiday greetings to our readers. Tomorrow is Good Friday, Easter is on Sunday, and our Jewish friends are right in the middle of Passover. During the next three days (April 14 - 16) we will be running on a holiday schedule with fewer planned posts, and we invite you to spend more time with your families.

We'll be back to a full schedule on Monday, April 17. 

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Apple said to be targeting a stake in Toshiba's...

Apple is the latest company to be linked with a possible bid for an investment in Toshiba’s sizable computer memory business, which is up for sale.

The company is prepared to make a direct investment of several billion dollars in Toshiba Memory for a stake of “several tens” of percent, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported in its lunchtime news. 

The report said Apple is also considering a joint bid with Foxconn Technology, which manufactures the iPhone. Toshiba is a major supplier of components for the iPhone.

Apple could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Apple Has a Secret Team Working On Non-Invasive...

schwit1 quotes a report from CNBC: Apple has hired a small team of biomedical engineers to work at a nondescript office in Palo Alto, miles from corporate headquarters. They are part of a super secret initiative, initially envisioned by the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, to develop sensors that can non-invasively and continuously monitor blood sugar levels to better treat diabetes, according to three people familiar with the matter. Such a breakthrough would be a "holy grail" for life sciences. Many life sciences companies have tried and failed, as it's highly challenging to track glucose levels accurately without piercing the skin. The initiative is far enough along that Apple has been conducting feasibility trials at clinical sites across the Bay Area and has hired consultants to help it figure out the regulatory pathways, the people said. schwit1 adds: "From a business aspect, the most interesting part of this venture might be how Apple combines its penchant for secrecy with...

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Google has taught an AI to doodle

Hot on the heels of the company's art and music generation program, Project Magenta, a pair of Google researchers have taught a neural network to sketch simple drawings all on its own.

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