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20:33
Facebook tries slipping more local politics into...

Facebook isn't shy about wanting to increase your involvement in politics, and that might soon include seeing posts from the politicians you don't follow. A spokesperson has confirmed to Recode that the social network is testing a feature that slips...

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19:43
OmniOutliner Essentials and Pro 5.1.1

Adds localizations for 10 languages and fixes numerous bugs. ($9.99/59.99 new, free update, 37.1 MB)

 

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19:17
Comcast’s new X1 tools give parents more control...

After debuting an all-in-one streaming app for its cable TV service and a new IoT-commanding home gateway earlier this year, Comcast announced on Friday that it is adding a trio of new parental control features to its X1 internet system: Timed Pause,...

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18:11
YouTube Music adds song and album downloads almost...

It's pretty surprising that Google is updating the YouTube Music app instead of scrapping it wholesale. Before the most recent update it mainly served as a way to cast tunes that don't exist on the Google Play Music app to a Chromecast Audio. With th...

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17:49
Prosecutors claim Marcus Hutchins admitted writing...

Just a couple of days after the FBI arrested Marcus Hutchins (aka MalwareTech) he made an appearance in a Las Vegas federal courthouse, pleading not guilty to charges accusing him of creating the Kronos banking malware. KSNV News 3 Las Vegas reporter...

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17:20
Apple Plans To Release a Cellular-Capable Watch To...

According to Bloomberg, Apple is planning to release a version of the Apple Watch later this year that can connect directly to cellular networks, a move designed to reduce the device's reliance on the iPhone. From the report: Currently, Apple requires its smartwatch to be connected wirelessly to an iPhone to stream music, download directions in maps, and send messages while on the go. Equipped with LTE chips, at least some new Apple Watch models, planned for release by the end of the year, will be able to conduct many tasks without an iPhone in range, the people said. For example, a user would be able to download new songs and use apps and leave their smartphone at home. Intel Corp. will supply the LTE modems for the new Watch, according to another person familiar with the situation. Apple is already in talks with carriers in the U.S. and Europe about offering the cellular version, the people added. The carriers supporting the LTE Apple Watch, at least at launch, may be a limited...

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17:04
US Army reportedly ceasing use of all DJI drone...

According to a memo obtained by sUAS News, the US Army will stop using DJI drones, effective immediately. "Due to increased awareness of cyber vulnerabilities associated with DJI products, it is directed that the US Army halt use of all DJI products,...

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16:43
Fission 2.3.2

Adds support for 32-bit AIFF and WAV files and “extremely” preliminary compatibility with macOS 10.13 High Sierra. ($29 new, free update, 10.4 MB)

 

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16:20
Bring your own SNES cartridges for the Supa RetroN HD

The upcoming launch of Nintendo's SNES Classic has turned up the hype on 16-bit nostalgia, and Hyperkin is ready to seize the moment. The company already builds several consoles built for retro gaming, and now product designer Chris Gallizzi tweeted...

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15:58
'Scape' mode in 'GT Sport' is...

Even if you're garbage at racing games, this fall's GT Sport has a lot to offer beyond absurdly detailed cars. Case in point: "Scape," the game's insanely deep photo mode. More than just freeze-framing the action during a race, Scape will let you dro...

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15:43
Airfoil 5.6.2

Adds “extremely” preliminary compatibility with macOS 10.13 High Sierra and updates the Instant On component. ($29 new, free update, 14.2 MB)

 

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15:40
BOE4 flight schedule

Boeing has to test their engines for long periods of time in flight. I guess these Boeing pilots decided to liven up the boring work and not just fly around in circles.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:38
The ghostly radio station that no one claims to run

I love these odd little stories.

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15:20
Apple Owns $52.6 Billion In US Treasury Securities,...

randomErr shares a report from CNBC: If Apple were a foreign country, CEO Tim Cook might have considerable political clout in the United States. That's because the tech giant owns $52.6 billion in U.S. Treasury securities, which would rank it among the top 25 major foreign holders, according to estimates from the Treasury Department and Apple's SEC filings released Wednesday. Apple's stake in U.S. government securities as of June, up from $41.7 billion as of last September, puts it ahead of Israel, Mexico and the Netherlands, according to Treasury data released last month, which tracks up to May of this year. With $20.1 billion in short-term Treasury securities and $31.35 billion in long-term marketable Treasury securities, Apple still falls far below countries like China and Japan, which hold over a trillion dollars in U.S. government debt each -- which has caused considerable hand-wringing in Washington. Still, Apple is way above other big companies like Amazon, which owns less...

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15:11
AWT News Update: August 4, 2017

A short Apple World Today News Update podcast for you today:

  • Not only is the 3rd-generation Apple Watch expected this fall with an LTE chip inside, but now rumors are flying that it will sport a new design as well
  • Some DirecTV Now users are getting invitations to beta-test a new DVR capability, with the function being available on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV
  • OpenSignal finds that 4G LTE download speeds have slowed measurably since last year, mainly due to increased data traffic from unlimited plans launched in February

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

Text Version

This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’...

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14:55
AT&T might be the first US carrier to sell a...

Next year, Huawei may finally get a foothold in the US market when AT&T reportedly begins selling its next leading phone. Getting its support would be huge for the company: It's the third-largest smartphone maker in the world behind Apple and Sam...

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14:35
Report: Apple will release an LTE-enabled Apple...

Apple might have one more trick up its sleeve at its annual fall event. While we’re all waiting for a brand new iPhone that will reportedly bring a brand new design, wireless charging, and AR capabilities, it seems as though Apple is also working on an LTE-enabled Apple Watch that will bring phone independence once and for all.

According to a report by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, “at least some new Apple Watch models” this year will come equipped with LTE chips “planned for release by the end of the year.” That would allow users to receive notifications and phone calls without having an iPhone nearby, as well as download music and use third-party apps.

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14:34
'Despacito' is the third to hold YouTube...

The juggernaut that is Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's 'Despacito' just took the crown for the most-watched YouTube video ever. It crossed the 2.9 billion-watch threshold held by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's "See You Again," which itself only ousted...

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14:19
'Apple Watch Series 3' rumored to boast...




On the heels of news that Apple intends to release an LTE-equipped Apple Watch model later this year, a new rumor surfaced claiming the smartwatch line will receive its first design refresh since launch in 2015.

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14:05
The next Apple Watch might not need an iPhone for...

Well, Apple Watch fans have more to look forward to than just a new operating system. According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple will release a version of its Watch with cellular network support built-in by year's end, relieving users of the nee...

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14:02
AirPods now estimated to ship in four weeks in the U...

As noted by MacRumors, Apple has updated its online store to indicate that AirPods are now estimated to ship in four weeks in the United States, Europe, and many other regions, down from a six-week estimate listed since launching in December. 

The wireless headphones use advanced technology and interact with Siri, Apple’s personal digital assistant. AirPods are available from Apple.com and Apple Stores. They require Apple devices running iOS 10, watchOS 3 or macOS Sierra.

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13:57
Rumor: Apple Watch Series 3 will be cellular capable

The Apple Watch Series 3 — expected in September — will be able to connect directly to cellular networks, a move designed to reduce reliance on the iPhone, according to Bloomberg, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the matter.”

Apple currently requires the smartwatch to be connected wirelessly to an iPhone to stream music, download directions in maps, and send messages while on the go. Equipped with LTE chips, at least some next gen Apple Watch models will be able to conduct many tasks without an iPhone in range, according to Bloomberg. For example, a user would be able to download new songs and use apps and leave their smartphone at home.

Apple's Apple Watch Series is expected to focus on improving battery life and overall performance, but will probably sport no major redesign. It may also pack ambient display...

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13:48
Rumor: Apple experimenting with various types of AR...

Apple is experimenting with various types of augmented reality (AR) glasses, according to the Financial Times (which requires a subscription). Some use their own integrated display; others work with an iPhone.

I’d bet on the latter. Apple has applied for several patents regarding AR. For instance, patent number 9,482,869 is for a “head-mounted display apparatus” for retaining a portable electronic device with display.”

Similar to patent number 8,957,835, it’s for VR goggles that would connect with an iPhone. It seems to involve connecting an iPhone (or perhaps an iPod touch) to a GoPro-ish head mount for viewing media on a private display.

Apple is more interested in AR than virtual reality (VR), because the former connects people whereas the latter is often an isolating experience involving a headset that renders the user blind to the real world. The tech...

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13:47
Bloomberg: Apple adding LTE to next Apple Watch [...

[Update: John Gruber adds that a new form factor is coming this year too:

“It’s hard to overstate just how big a deal this could be. No mention in Businessweek’s report, though, of the all-new form factor that I’ve heard is coming for this year’s new watches.”

This would mark the first external change since the Apple Watch debuted.]

Bloomberg reports that Apple is planning to release an updated Apple Watch model by the end of this year with built-in cellular connectivity. Bringing cellular connectivity to the Apple Watch has been...

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13:47
Apple to launch cellular connected Apple Watch later...




A report on Friday claims Apple is planning to release a version of Apple Watch this fall with an integrated cellular LTE chipset, allowing the device to connect to offsite servers without the help of iPhone.

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13:46
Coinbase will support newly-minted Bitcoin Cash...

Earlier this week, disgruntled members of the bitcoin community successfully split a new cryptocurrency off from the main branch. Bitcoin Cash, as it's called, attempts to speed up transactions, a key problem with bitcoin's aging structure. But the n...

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13:35
$1.7 million worth of fake Apple goods confiscated...

1.3 million pounds (approximately US$1.7 million) worth of fake Apple goods have been seized by West Sussex Trading Standards of the West Sussex County Council, reports ITV News. It’s the biggest in its history.

Fake chargers, batteries, cables, headphones and adapters were seized from a warehouse in London. An investigation was launched after a charger, bought for £59 from a shop in Haywards Heath in West Sussex overheated, notes ITV News.

Photo courtesy of West Sussex County Council

The customer became alarmed at how hot it became when charging her MacBook, so she contacted Trading Standards, which later found it was fake and unsafe. The trail led to another shop in Brighton and on to a warehouse in Kingston-upon-Thames.

The West Sussex County Council (WSCC) is the authority that governs the non-...

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13:24
Proposed emojis include the drunk face and sad poo...

It's only been a month since the Unicode Emoji Consortium released version 10 of the colorful little communication icons, including more diverse images along with zombies, a T-rex and (yes) a sandwich icon. Now, though, the group has yet another set...

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13:20
Friday 5: ScreenFlow 7 adds dark mode, custom...

In this week’s edition of Friday 5, we take a look at ScreenFlow 7 — a major update to the previous version of the popular screen recording and editing app. ScreenFlow 7 features brand new export options, a newly-implemented dark mode interface, support for custom hotkey mapping, and much more. Have a look at five of my favorite new features found in this major ScreenFlow update. more…

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12:59
Apple experimenting with 'several different...




As Apple invests heavily in augmented reality, the company is still internally unsure about where the future of AR hardware may go, and as a result there are reportedly multiple competing projects being developed internally.

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12:47
Billboard’s ‘Artist Pass’ is Snapchat’s first music-...

Snapchat is getting a music documentary series courtesy of Billboard. Called Artist Pass, the series' five-minute long episodes will give viewers behind-the-scenes looks at musicians as they prepare for their performances, and artists like Luke Bryan...

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12:32
Report: Apple’s AR glasses product may rely on...

A new report from the Financial Times offers an update on the progress of Apple’s AR glasses product rumored to be in development. According to the new details, the vision for Apple’s glasses product isn’t totally clear as of yet…

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12:30
Child’s Play is giving joy and gaming carts to more...

If you're at a children's hospital next year, the chances of seeing one of the Gamers Outreach Foundation's (GOF) signature Go Karts are pretty high. The all-in-one rolling gaming rigs have proved quite popular in the 25 facilities that currently hav...

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12:22
Video: See instant markup and notes with Apple...




The Apple Pencil will become more powerful and useful than ever with this fall's release of iOS 11, giving users the ability to instantly begin drawing and taking notes as soon as the stylus is in hand. AppleInsider offers a closer look at how the new feature will work on the iPad Pro.

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12:00
9to5Rewards: Colorware custom skins for iPhone, iPad...

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is Minnesota based Colorware. If you’re not already familiar, the company offers a wide selection of device skins, custom painting, printing, and more. The company has an iPhone, iPad, or MacBook skin of the winner’s choice to giveaway to 9to5 readers.

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11:52
AT&T launching beta of DirecTV Now DVR...




AT&T has launched a round of beta testing for its DirecTV Now streaming service DVR, and is inviting select iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV customers to participate.

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11:15
Police seize $1.69M in fake Apple accessories from...




A collection of fake Apple products estimated to be worth £1.3 million ($1.69 million) were seized from a warehouse in London on Tuesday, with the raid by UK police and local Trading Standards officials confiscating a large collection of imitation Apple chargers, batteries, and other items.

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11:03
Apple airs two new 'Rock X Siri' ads based...




Apple on Friday released two new iPhone 7 ads, once again tied into its "Rock X Siri: Dominate the Day" short.

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10:55
Happy Hour Podcast 131 | Apple leaks the iPhone 8,...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss Apple’s latest earnings results, the mistakenly published HomePod software, all the details it has revealed about the iPhone 8, and much more. 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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10:51
Send and Receive Faxes Cheaply with the Right iOS App

Apps proliferate for sending and receiving that antiquated form of document transfer, the fax. Pick the right app to keep costs down.

 

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10:46
Best Buy is selling Amazon devices at a steep...

Best Buy has a one-day sale on Amazon devices today. The sale includes the Kindle Paperwhite, super cheap Fire tablets, and, yes, Alexa-powered devices like the Echo and Echo Dot. The discounts end just before 10 PM Pacific on Friday.

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10:23
IoT Pays Off: Ecobee and Xcel Energy team up for...

Companies and consumers alike are beginning to reap the rewards of the "Internet of Things". A while back, I wrote a review of the Ecobee 3 Lite smart thermostat, a HomeKit-compatible thermostat that works well with Siri. Not only has the Ecobee 3 Lite down a great job of keeping our house comfortable, but it's now going to save us even more money on our electrical bill. Ecobee has teamed up with utility company Xcel Energy for a program called AC Rewards in which the utility can remotely control the thermostat on high-demand hot summer days to reduce electrical loads.

Signing up for the program requires one of four...

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10:15
What’s Wrong with the Touch Bar

After close to a year with a 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Josh Centers doesn’t find Apple’s new alternative input device all that useful. He explains why, and offers some suggestions for how Apple could make it better.

 

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10:02
Review: Action Band for Apple Watch offers sharp...

For the last few weeks I’ve been using the Action Band for Apple Watch by X-Doria and it’s the most comfortable sport band I’ve worn to date. With unique design, both familiar and new color options, and a price tag 50% less than Apple’s Sport Band, Action Band is worth your attention.

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09:57
Performance added for "(R)evolution of Steve...

Edward Parks as Steve Jobs. Photo courtesy of The Santa Fe Opera

If you missed out on the other world premiere performances of the new opera "The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs" at Santa Fe Opera, you're in luck. The opera has been so well received that Santa Fe Opera has added an extra performance on August 22, 2017.

Just how good is "The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs"? Here are excerpts from rave reviews listed in an email from The Santa Fe Opera:

"A triumph"
— The Washington Post

"Breathtaking inventiveness and dramatic power — 
a true fusion of sound and subject matter"
— San Francisco Chronicle

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09:50
Facebook Takes Another Stab at Neutralizing Fake News


Stung by charges that it allowed fake news stories to proliferate during the 2016 election cycle, Facebook has begun rolling out broadly a feature meant to regain the trust of its members. The tool effectively will surround questionable stories with related news stories offering different perspectives -- a strategy intended to help readers discern where the truth lies. Facebook this spring began testing a feature that offers different takes on stories fact checkers have disputed as false, including coverage by legitimate news organizations.

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09:49
Apple said to be targeting March quarter 2018 launch...




Apple assembly partner Wistron is allegedly preparing to expand its production in India, setting the stage for a second-generation iPhone SE shipping in the first quarter of 2018.

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09:42
Rumor: Wistron Corp. to produce the next-generation...

Taiwan-based contract electronics maker Wistron Corp. is preparing to expand of its production base in India to produce the next-generation iPhone SE, reports Focus Taiwan, quoit unnamed “sources in the South Asian country.”

The tech giant has reportedly set its sights on the growing Indian market by pushing for shipments of the smartphone model with the goal of doubling the iPhone's market share in the country over the next five years. The sources told Focus Taiwan that Apple has signed up Wistron to assemble the new iPhone SEs after the Taiwanese firm started to produce the model in India in May, targeting markets around the world.

Getting a foothold in India has been a challenge for Apple. The company has opened its retail stores in a number of countries around the world, but not in India. The country has restrictive real estate investment laws for foreign companies.

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09:40
Deals: High-end 2017 15" MacBook Pro for $2,649...




Weekend deals are in effect now with instant savings on Apple's new Mid 2017 15-inch MacBook Pro. Or save hundreds on closeout 2016 models with no tax collected outside NY and NJ. Back to school shoppers can also pick up a 21.5" iMac HD for $899.99 ($50 off) with no tax collected outside NY and NJ.

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09:33
Apple retail establishments are the new mall anchor...

Apple’s retail stores are turning into the new mall anchor store, a role once held by department stores, because they draw lots of foot traffic, which also benefits the smaller stores.

In the U.S., there are roughly about 140 million customers with iPhones, estimated Gene Munster, a partner in Loup Ventures in an interview with TheStreet, and those millions usually need to go to a bricks-and-mortar store for service.

"An Apple Store in a mall is equivalent to staying alive at a mall," he added.

The presence of an Apple Store in a mall also increases the value of a mall and allows mall owners to raise square-footage rates for other tenants. Robin Abrams, a commercial real estate executive in New York City, told TheStreet that hedge funds evaluating malls will factor in whether or not...

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Echo Dot $35, 2016 12-inch...

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

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09:14
Samsung Display revving up its OLED lines to prepare...

According to the Korean news site, etnews, Samsung Display will operate seven of its sixth generation flexible OLED lines on full scale this month to prepare for the “iPhone 8.” The next gen phone is expected to debut in September, although supplies will probably (and as usual) be constrained.

The article says its production capacity of panels for Apple smartphones will increase sevenfold from 15,000 panels per month from last year to 105,000 panels per month this year. If etnews and other reports are correction, the next generation smartphone will be the first to use OLED tech.

OLED technology is used in many high-end smartphones.  Supporters of the technology praise its high contrast/deep blacks and potential thickness and power consumption advantages.

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08:32
Apple may give the iPhone SE a speed boost early...

Apple may be planning to launch an updated version of the iPhone SE with a faster chip early next year, according to at least one rumor. Apple upgraded the storage options for the current iPhone SE earlier this year, but the processor and other specs remained the same.

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07:59
Samsung operating 7 OLED lines at full capacity for...




Samsung Display will reportedly be operating seven OLED production lines at "full scale" this month in order to churn out panels for Apple's "iPhone 8," the first iPhone to use OLED technology.

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07:09
Video shows pilot sending image from iPhone to...




Taking peer-to-peer direct wireless transfers to new heights, a new video shows Apple's AirDrop technology being used to send pictures taken from one plane to another in-flight, at 35,000 feet.

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07:00
Worldwide AR/VR market will grow from $11B today to...

As ARKit demo apps continue to generate excitement for the launch of the iPhone 8, whose 3D cameras are expected to be optimized for augmented reality, IDC is predicting a profitable future for the technology …

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06:56
'Cold' smiley, frowning poo among 67 emoji...




The Unicode Technical Committee has introduced 67 emoji as "draft candidates" for inclusion in the Unicode 11 standard come the second half of 2018, which may dictate what characters will be seen in "iOS 12" and the follow-up to macOS High Sierra.

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06:28
Samsung OLED production lines dedicated to iPhones...

Samsung is ramping-up manufacturing volumes on seven separate OLED production lines dedicated to panels for the iPhone 8, according to a Korean report. While the panels are described as ‘flexible,’ this simply refers to the type of screen needed for an edge-to-edge display.

The report says that full-scale production will begin later this month, with output capacity increasing by 700% …

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06:00
Get Ready For iPhone Wireless Charging with this...

We don't know for certain if the mythical iPhone 8 will feature Qi wireless charging, but it's almost guaranteed that Apple -- a member of the Wireless Power Consortium that developed the Qi standard -- will adopt the standard soon. You can take advantage of the technology today with the Mini Qi Wireless Charging Pad from Mobile Kingdom, available for just $11.99 in black or white.

Use the Charging Pad with a Qi-compatible case like the mophie charge force case for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and you'll find that charging becomes as easy as laying your iPhone on the Mini Qi Wireless Charging Pad. That "puck" you see at the top of this post is what the charger...

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05:51
Smartphone use has radical impact on mental health...

San Diego State University professor of psychology and author Jean Twenge has claimed that smartphone usage is having a radical impact on both the behavior and mental health of U.S. teenagers.

The arrival of the smartphone has radically changed every aspect of teenagers’ lives, from the nature of their social interactions to their mental health […] Rates of teen depression and suicide have skyrocketed since 2011. It’s not an exaggeration to describe iGen as being on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades. Much of this deterioration can be traced to their phones.

Far from being the usual generalized complaint about teens spending too much time staring at their screens, Dr Twenge has plenty of hard data to support her contentions – made in The Atlantic, the magazine in which Laurene Powell Jobs recently bought a majority stake...

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05:46
AppleInsider podcast talks Q3 earnings, HomePod...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about Apple's fiscal third-quarter 2017 earnings call, plus all the information that's hidden in the HomePod firmware.

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05:00
Strategy Analytics: Apple Watch sales placed around...

While Apple has never released exact numbers as to how many Apple Watch units have been sold, Strategy Analytics puts the number around 30 million.

This puts it behind Xiaomi in the wearables market, but definitely in respectable territory.

“Apple shipped 2.8 million wearables worldwide in Q2 2017, growing 56 percent annually from 1.8 million in Q2 2016,” said Strategy Analytics Director Cliff Raskind. “Apple has for now lost its wearables leadership to Xiaomi, due to a lack of presence in the sizable fitness band subcategory.”

Raskind added that this could change with the introduction of the Apple Watch Series 3, which is expected to ship this fall.

“The rumored upcoming Watch Series 3 launch with enhanced health tracking could prove to be a popular smartwatch model and enable Apple to reclaim the top wearables spot later this year,” he said.

According to the firm, Apple shipped 2.8 million units during the second quarter of 2017, compared to...

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05:00
Apple files for patent for remotely updating a...

A 2016 Apple filling with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) showed that the company is urging the FCC should “recognize solutions such as the MFi [Made for iPhone] hearing aid platform as alternatives for hearing aid compatibility compliance.” And the tech company apparently has other plans along these lines, having filed for a patent (number 2017022341) for “remotely updating a hearing aid profile.”

It would allow users to replace a current hearing aid profile stored in a hearing aid. In one embodiment, the hearing aid profile is updated by sending a hearing aid profile update request to a hearing aid profile service, receiving the updated healing aid profile from the hearing aid profile service, and replacing the current hearing aid profile in the hearing aid with the updated hearing aid profile.

I’m pretty sure Apple isn’t planning to go into the hearing aid business, but is more interested in having such aids work in conjunction with iPhones. However,...

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04:30
How to save a Memory movie in macOS Sierra

Apple’s Memories feature in macOS Sierra automatically creates curated collections of your most meaningful photos and videos. Want to save a memory for later? It’s easy.

Scroll to the bottom of the screen and tap or click Add to Favorite Memories. You'll find it in the Favorite Memories album of your Photos app. If you decide that you don't want to save a Memory anymore, tap or click Remove from Favorite Memories. 

When you add a Memory to your Favorites, you preserve it and keep it from going away when Photos creates new Memories. You can also share your experiences with friends and family. On your Mac, you can share the photos and videos from your Memory when you click.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, play a Memory movie, then tap on it to show the editing and sharing options. Tap  and choose to share the movie through Messages, Mail, iCloud Photo Sharing, and your favorite social media sites. 

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info...

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04:15
HomePod firmware offers hints as to 4K, 60 FPS front...

Yet another interesting tidbit came out of the leaked HomePod firmware today. Following earlier details such as design and face recognition information, Portuguese news site iHelp has found code that seemingly indicates the iPhone 8 will be capable of 4K video at 60 frames per second with both the front and rear cameras…

The code mentions a device with support for 4K video at 60 FPS. The device is given both a “front” and “back” qualifier, suggesting that both cameras will 4K video at 60 FPS.

Currently, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus support 4K video with the rear camera only, but only at 30 FPS. Meanwhile, the front camera is limited to 1080p.

The HomePod firmware also mentions the front and rear cameras as supporting Apple’s new Apple’s new HEVC file type, which greatly reduces file size. The HEVC file format can cut file sizes in half, which could be crucial with 4K content.

A jump to 60 FPS, especially with the rear camera, could allow for more...

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04:00
Simon is a useful, flexible server monitoring tool...

By Aaron Lee

It’s not for everyone, but Dejal Systems' Simon is a useful server monitoring tool for macOS that lets you checks web pages, FTP and DNS servers, local or remote ports or volumes, and many other kinds of services for changes or failures. 

The latest version (4.0) boasts a new design, unifying all of the lists, logs and editors into a single window. It also introduces groups, unlimited tests. email services, a context filter, filter output in the preview, password protection and more.

Simon checks web pages, FTP and DNS servers, local or remote ports or volumes, and other services for changes or failures, and notifies you via e-mail, sound, speech, Twitter, SMS, HTML reports, and other means. You can add tests to Simon to track updated sites, to alert you when an important server goes down or recovers, check on Samba SMB, take periodic screenshots of the system, track posts...

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03:54
Apple notes importance of services by adding it to...

We noted this week the growing importance of services to Apple’s bottom line …

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Aug. 4, 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

VeprIT has introduced Katan 1.0. The app is designed to add a large TV screen to the mobile photography experience. Katan not only shows photos on the TV screen, but provides the full photography workflow, from selection to adjustments, with a TV screen. The app works over a Wi-Fi network with an Apple TV, many modern smart TVs, Chromecast, and other DLNA and Google Cast devices. Katan is free, but does tout in-app purchases.

Youngstown State University, says that, through a partnership with OOHLALA Mobile, students can now use their iPhones to access course listings, event calendars, payment portals, and other resources. The...

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Thursday August 3

18:57
AT&T promotions offer BOGO iPhone 7 or free iPad...




Looking to capitalize on the popularity of Apple's products, AT&T this week launched two deals offering DirecTV and Next wireless customers a free iPhone 7 -- with the purchase of a first iPhone 7 -- or free iPad.

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17:58
White House calls on Apple, other tech giants to...




Continuing efforts to transform and modernize government IT systems, White House advisor Jared Kushner on Thursday laid out plans for the ambitious project in a conference call with representatives from tech giants Apple, Amazon, Oracle, Qualcomm and others.

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17:25
AT&T offering buy one, get one iPhone or $.99...

AT&T today announced a pair of promotions for those interested in an iPhone and DirecTV. The carrier is running a buy one get one promotion for the iPhone 7, as well as a deal that could get you a free iPad…

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16:44
Open-world adventure game 'Rime' comes to...

Tequila Works' highly-anticipated indie game Rime, formerly planned as a PS4 exclusive, is also headed to PC, the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. While some were worried the open-world adventure would cost more on the Switch (it won't), Rime will still...

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16:42
Report: Kushner moving forward with efforts to...

Several reports in the past have highlighted the Trump administration’s efforts to modernize the government and now that work is moving forward. As detailed in a new report from Recode, Jared Kushner announced the new efforts to Trump and a group of major tech companies today, including Apple…

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16:12
Apple 'iPhone 8' front and rear cameras to...




The recently leaked HomePod firmware continues to yield clues as to what the public can expect from Apple's "iPhone 8," with the latest report suggesting both front- and rear-facing cameras will support 4K video recording at 60 frames per second.

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16:07
Automotive Grade Linux Reaches Key Car Platform...


Automotive Grade Linux has released version 4.0 of the AGL infotainment platform and announced new projects to support telematics, instrument cluster, heads-up-display and a virtualization component. The group also announced that seven new companies have joined AGL and The Linux Foundation, increasing AGL's membership to more than 100 partners. A major market analysis coming out soon will show AGL as a separate line item, an indication of the momentum it has developed within the industry.

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15:46
Uber Freight schedules loads for truck drivers in...

Uber's purchase of Otto provided the ride-sharing company with a beachhead to get into the trucking business, an entrée to the autonomous car industry and a bit of controversy. The resulting Uber Freight was announced last year, and the servic...

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15:05
LastPass Premium now costs twice as much

LastPass announced a restructuring of its plan pricing and packaging today and the cost of its premium tier is doubling to $24 per year. Some features are also being taken away from the free plan. Those include unlimited sharing and emergency access,...

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14:56
iPhone 8 may support 4K video at 60 FPS with front...

The iPhone 8 leaks from Apple’s HomePod firmware continue today. Following earlier details such as design and face recognition information, Portuguese news site iHelp has found code that seemingly indicates the iPhone 8 will be capable of 4K video at 60 frames per second with both the front and rear cameras…

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14:48
FCC offers 'reverse-auction' to expand...

The FCC got the go ahead for its rural broadband subsidy plan, Connect America Fund, in 2014. The fund -- intended to bring high-speed internet access to the least served communities in the US -- has since directed $170 million to New York, and AT&am...

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14:31
Dell's massive Canvas display for artists is...

If you're looking for a giant digital drawing display, but don't have the money to spend on Microsoft's lovely but expensive Surface Studio, Dell is ready to take your cash. The Dell Canvas, a massive, touch-sensitive 27-inch display, is now on sale....

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14:15
The Wirecutter's best deals: Google's...

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

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14:01
GoPro bets its near future on the Hero6 and Fusion...

Ever since becoming a publicly traded company in 2014, GoPro hasn't had the most positive financial results. The camera maker has been struggling to be profitable, as shown by its past few quarterly earning reports, but its future isn't completely bl...

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13:59
How to tell if your eclipse glasses or handheld...

The coming solar eclipse is an almost once in a lifetime experience. Don’t let it be ruined by using substandard equipment and/or dangerous viewing habits.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:51
Apple shares two additional teaser videos for...

In the build up to next week’s full release, Apple this week has shared two new teaser videos for its Carpool Karaoke series. One of the videos was uploading to Apple’s YouTube channel, while other was shared on The Late Late Show’s channel.

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13:50
iPhone 7 & 7 Plus seen edging out iPhone 6s...




Just ahead of an anticipated "iPhone 8" and "iPhone 7s/7s Plus" reveal, newly-published research shows Apple's iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are the most used iPhone models in the U.S. with a 34 percent of the install base.

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13:49
Michelle Carter gets 15 months in prison in texting...

Back in June, a Massachusetts Juvenile Court found Michelle Carter guilty of manslaughter for urging her then-boyfriend to kill himself back in 2014. Today, her sentence came down: Of the maximum 20-year prison sentence she faced, Carter will serve 1...

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13:47
AWT News Update: August 3, 2017

Today we look at employment possibilities with Apple, Fitbit's upcoming smart watch, and one blogger's view of how Apple accidentally leaked details of the upcoming iPhone:

  • Are you a mapping expert? Check out the 70+ job listings Apple has for those who have background in geospatial information services, navigational aids and fleet management
  • Fitbit says it will have its "Apple Watch-killer" smart watch ready for the holiday shopping season
  • Daring Fireball's John Gruber speculates on how Apple accidentally spilled the beans on some details of the upcoming 10th-anniversary iPhone

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

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13:40
Apple's Adoption Of HEVC Will Drive A Massive...

An anonymous reader shares a report: For the last 10 years, H.264/AVC has been the dominant video codec used for streaming but with Apple adopting H.265/HEVC in iOS 11 and Google heavily supporting VP9 in Android, a change is on the horizon. Next year the Alliance for Open Media will release their AV1 codec which will again improve video compression efficiency even further. But the end result is that the codec market is about to get very fragmented, with content owners soon having to decide if they need to support three codecs (H.264, H.265, and VP9) instead of just H.264 and with AV1 expected to be released in 2019. As a result of what's take place in the codec market, and with better quality video being demanded by consumers, content owners, broadcasters and OTT providers are starting to see a massive increase in encoding costs. New codecs like H.265 and VP9 need 5x the servers costs because of their complexity. Currently, AV1 needs over 20x the server costs. The mix of SD, HD...

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13:35
Will Smith, James Corden to star in first Carpool...




Apple on Thursday shared a new ad for its upcoming "Carpool Karaoke: The Series" exclusive, revealing Will Smith and late night host James Corden will star as the show's first pairing.

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13:11
HBO Cyberattack Driven By Mysterious Motives


Time Warner's pay-TV network HBO on Wednesday admitted that it had been targeted by a cyberattack, confirming an anonymous email the alleged hackers distributed to media outlets last weekend. Among the content that may have been compromised were upcoming episodes of the series Ballers, Barry and Room 104, along with script outlines of the channel's hit show Games of Thrones. In total, the hackers may have obtained 1.5 TB of internal company documents.

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13:07
Facebook translations are now entirely powered by AI

Facebook has been working on changing how it translates text in posts and comments and today it announced that its transition is complete. It means that translations should be quite a bit more accurate going forward.

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12:53
Google’s Play Store will boost rankings of high...

With thousands of apps added every day, Google's Play Store is bloated with poor-quality software. We're not just talking about lame game knockoffs -- lots of the worst are badly-coded monstrosities that crash often and drain your battery. To keep th...

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12:48
CIRP: we love our big-screen iPhones

Larger screens lead to higher iPhone sales, according to a new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. The research firm estimates that Apple’s domestic installed base has 141 million units as of this quarter; that’s up from 124 million in the year-ago quarter.

CIRP says the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus account for 34% of the U.S. market with 48 million units in sales. The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus account for 39 million units. 

Larger screens prove most popular with the 6 Plus, 6s Plus, and 7 Plus accounting for 53 million units, says CIRP. The year-old iPhone SE saw just 6% growth in the U.S. installed base.

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12:47
Uber leased recalled cars to drivers in Singapore (...

Uber's troubles just keep on coming. A new report in The Wall Street Journal today says that the ride-sharing company knowingly leased recalled Honda Vezel sport-utility vehicles to Uber drivers. According to the Journal, Uber managers in the region...

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12:42
Google extended $30B takeover offer to Snap in 2016...




At one point in 2016 Google floated the idea of buying Snap -- the parent company of popular messaging app Snapchat -- for at least $30 billion, and a similar offer may remain open, according to a report.

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12:32
iOS 11 camera features may include scene recognition

Smartphones may have effectively killed off dedicated point-and-shoot cameras, but Apple is looking to them for inspiration with iOS 11. Developers have dug through beta firmware for the HomePod, and tucked inside the code for Apple's smart speaker,...

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12:17
A New York library card is your ticket to stream...

Libraries have long let users check out DVDs and Blu-ray discs, but that's starting to feel a bit archaic thanks to Netflix, Hulu and all the rest. Fortunately for those who don't even have a disc player anymore, some libraries are getting into the s...

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12:15
Apple concept would let users customize display...




Apple is working on a way to allow users to control when they want a narrow field of view on an iPhone, iPad, or Mac screen to maintain privacy and limit the amount of users who can see what's being presented.

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12:14
LastPass shares pricing info for ‘Families’ plan,...

Last month, LastPass announced that it would soon be introducing a new “Families” plan for sharing passwords, bank account info, and other sensitive data among family members. We finally have pricing details on how much LastPass Families will cost, but in addition to that, the existing Premium option is seeing a price hike and a couple features from the Free plan are being removed.

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12:03
Chevy Bolt outlasts Tesla's Model S in Consumer...

Consumer Reports just published the results of its range test of the Chevrolet Bolt electric car and came up with some surprising results. While the Bolt is rated for 238 miles of driving by the EPA, the car exceeded that in the Consumer Reports test...

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