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Monday November 6

07:29
∞ Samsung returns to its Apple mocking ways

[VIDEO] I thought this ad (embedded in the main Loop post) was well done, though the story is told with selective memory. I did not see any exploding phones, porous security measures, malware, etc., etc.

The one word that springs to mind watching this is the one word that describes the true feeling the iPhone X must bring to mind for Samsung.

Worry.

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07:24
The iPhone X face mapping: Privacy risks (none) and...

Lots of interesting tidbits in the linked TechCrunch article. Here are a few highlights:

As we’ve covered off in detail before Apple does not have access to the depth-mapped facial blueprints that users enroll when they register for Face ID. A mathematical model of the iPhone X user’s face is encrypted and stored locally on the device in a Secure Enclave.

Face ID also learns over time and some additional mathematical representations of the user’s face may also be created and stored in the Secure Enclave during day to day use

And:

The key point here is that Face ID data never leaves the user’s phone (or indeed the Secure Enclave). And any iOS app developers wanting to incorporate Face ID authentication into their apps do not gain access to it either. Rather authentication happens via a dedicated authentication API that only returns a positive or negative response after comparing the input signal with the Face ID data stored in the Secure Enclave.

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07:22
iPhone X features 7 new Dynamic and 6 new Live...

iPhone X features several new wallpapers not available on other iPhones including seven dark themed Dynamic wallpapers and six new Live wallpapers (three of which will be coming in iOS 11.2 next month). You do need an iPhone X to access the full versions of these new wallpapers, but you can download still versions of each below as a workaround if you’re using another device.

more…

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07:16
U.S. Supreme Court refuses to re-enter the Apple-...

The U.S. Supreme Court today refused to step back into the never-ending patent battle between Apple and Samsung and declined to hear the latter’s appeal of a lower court ruling that reinstated a jury award of about $120 million in favor of Apple, reports Reuters.

The justices left in place a 2016 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that upheld a verdict that found Samsung had infringed Apple’s patents on several popular features of the iPhone. Those included slide-to-unlock, autocorrect and quick links, which automatically turn information like addresses and phone numbers into links.

This is all part of the ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung have filed more than 30 lawsuits against each other across four continents. For example, Apple alleges that Samsung copied...

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07:12
News: Apple acknowledges autocorrect bug in iOS 11.1

In a blog post, Apple has acknowledged a problem with the autocorrect feature in iOS 11.1 that is replacing the letter “i” with an “A” accompanied by a symbol. So far it’s the only autocorrect problem that Apple has specifically addressed, but we’ve seen other problems as well — like the word “it” being converted to “I.T.” or “I’d” being changed to “I.D.” — and…

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07:09
AmpliFi Teleport is an upcoming ‘home Wi-Fi that...

AmpliFi is expanding its line with a new product called AmpliFi Teleport, a “home Wi-Fi that covers the world.” The product will be announced through a Kickstarter campaign today, and will be available at launch for a limited time “early bird” pricing of $199.

AmpliFi Teleport provides a way to access resources at home  — even when you’re not. Utilizing any Wi-Fi hotspot, Teleport is able to create an encrypted connection between you and your devices, expanding your home Wi-Fi coverage wherever you go by allowing you to securely access your home network anywhere in the world. 

Whether it’s for business or pleasure, you’ll be able to use AmpliFi Teleport when traveling and feel secure knowing you are still connected to your home, according to the folks at AmpliFi. Watch your local program and content, video call and connect with family or check your smart home security from any Wi-Fi enabled device. 

Teleport...

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07:02
How to stop the capital 'I' from turning...

From the Department of Really Strange and Mystical Bugs comes this: Some iPhone users running the latest version of iOS 11 can’t type a capital "I." That means that millions of people who were trying to text their friends, “I got my new iPhone X!!” over the weekend were actually sending out this message instead: “A [?] got my new iPhone X!!”

The iOS 11.1 bug affects the autocorrect engine on phones, and changes a capital “I” to an “A” alongside an unreadable Unicode symbol. While it’s pretty low on the seriousness scale, it’s still an annoying bug to say the least. And it’s hardly uncommon. All over Twitter, unaware celebrities were posting “A [?]” all over the place. Apple, of course, is working on a fix, but in the meantime, there’s a workaround.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:58
iPhone X tips: Maximize battery life with 'dark...




Apple's switch to an OLED display on the iPhone X means users who dig into the settings of the device can squeeze out more battery life, reducing the power consumption of the screen and extending the time needed between charges. AppleInsider tells you how to do it.

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06:56
News: Apple releases iOS 11.2 developer beta for...

After developers complained that the iOS 11.2 beta wasn’t available for their new iPhone X devices, Apple pushed out a compatible version late Friday afternoon. Developers who had already updated to the iOS 11.2 beta on their older devices initially had no way to restore their iCloud or iTunes backups onto Apple’s newest iPhone, as a backup cannot be restored onto an iPhone running an older iOS version. The quick fix issued by Apple ensures…

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06:49
Trailer for soon-to-be-released movie, “App: The...

[VIDEO] From the App: The Human Story web site:

With the launch of the iPhone and subsequent devices, developers found themselves with a worldwide market hungry for their innovations: apps.

Yet, a renaissance needs cultivation, not exploitation. Ten years in, is the opportunity gone? Will artists find a way to create tools that elevate the human experience, or will the market be valued even above the impact to the future of the industry?

I am really looking forward to seeing this. Enjoy the trailer (embedded in the main Loop post).

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:47
How to fix the iOS 11.1 glitch where ‘i’...

If you updated your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to iOS 11.1 you may find that when you type the letter “i” it autocorrects to the letter “A” with a symbol. Here’s a workaround until Apple issues a fix:

  • Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement.
  • Tap the “plus” sign.
  • For Phrase, type an upper-case "I". For Shortcut, type a lower-case "i."
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06:41
∞ [VIDEO] Apple’s official iPhone X guided tour

[VIDEO] Thinking about getting an iPhone X? This is a well crafted guide to the iPhone X, with particular focus on gestures. Bravo, Apple. This is really helpful. Video embedded in the main Loop post.

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06:40
Apple offers temporary fix for iOS 11 'i'...




Apple has acknowledged the existence of a bug in iOS 11 concerning the autocorrection of the letter 'i,' by offering affected users a work around via its support pages until a software update is released that solves the issue.

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06:38
Broadcom making huge $130B bid for Qualcomm, could...

Broadcom has made a $105B bid to buy fellow chipmaker and Apple supplier Qualcomm. When $25B of net debt is factored in, the deal is effectively worth $130B.

If the bid succeeded, it would not only be the biggest tech acquisition in history, but might also help resolve the long-running dispute between Qualcomm and Apple …

more…

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06:36
iOS bug autocorrects letter “i” to “A” plus unicode...

Over the weekend, a steadily growing number of iPhone users were reporting a bug where they’d type the letter “i”, but iOS would autocorrect it to “A” plus a strange symbol (a “?” in a box).

Contrary to some rumors, this behavior is not spreading from phone to phone, or via Twitter. It is limited to iOS 11.1 and any spread is due to updates to iOS 11.1 and spread of awareness.

Apple posted this knowledge base article suggesting you do a text replacement for the letter “i”. Obviously, that’s a temporary workaround until Apple releases a patch, which should be soon.

As to the cause, here’s Jeremy Burge from Emojipedia:

What’s really going on is that the letter “I” is being appended with an invisible character known as Variation Selector 16 when auto-correct...

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06:31
SquareTrade iPhone X drop-test video disagrees with...




Device insurance purveyor SquareTrade calls the iPhone X the "most breakable iPhone ever" in a series of drop tests -- but the assessments that the company did of the repairability differ with iFixit's teardown of the device.

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06:06
Apple’s official take on the iPhone X, off-angle...

From this Apple support document:

OLED technology delivers an incredibly high contrast ratio and high resolution. And with no backlight, OLED emits light through each pixel, allowing for a thinner display. The Super Retina display overcomes challenges with traditional OLED displays with its high brightness, wide color support, and has the best color accuracy in the industry.

If you look at an OLED display off-angle, you might notice slight shifts in color and hue. This is a characteristic of OLED and is normal behavior. With extended long-term use, OLED displays can also show slight visual changes. This is also expected behavior and can include “image persistence” or “burn-in,” where the display shows a faint remnant of an image even after a new image appears on the screen. This can occur in more extreme cases such as when the same high contrast image is continuously displayed for...

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06:01
SquareTrade claims the iPhone X is the ‘most...

As noted by MacRumors, SquareTrade, a company that provides extended warranties for electronic devices, says the iPhone X is the “most breakable” Apple smartphone ever.

The company, which wants iPhone X users to purchase its two-year smartphone protection plan, says it conducted several breakability tests on the iPhone X, and found that its glass back and lack of a home button make it "the most breakable iPhone ever." The smartphone glass shattered when dropped on its front and back from a height of six feet, and the display also malfunctioned, claims SquareTrade. Conversely, Apple says the iPhone X has the most durable glass ever used in a smartphone.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Last Chance to get the Pay What...

Today is your last chance to grab the Pay What You Want: Fab 5 Mac App Bundle, featuring TechTool Pro 9.5 plus four other apps that will make your Mac run smoother, more securely, and more enjoyably. Pay whatever you want for MacCleanse 6 and if you beat the average price, you’ll receive the full bundle, including the full version of TechTool Pro 9.5, RapidWeaver 7, Hands Off!, and AfterShot Pro 3 — a $350 value! Plus, beat the top price being…

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05:57
Britain’s National Health Service lets you see a...

It’s not unusual for private medical services to offer the option of a video consultation with a doctor – for a fee. But Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) is piloting a scheme which lets 3.5 million patients get access to video consultations at no cost …

more…

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05:52
Apple offers online training sessions to iPhone X...

As noted by AppleInsider, Apple is offering online training sessions to help owners of the new iPhone X.

The tech giant is offering a a phone conversation with an Apple Specialist while you watch a video on a computer to "help you go further" with the next gen smartphone. Those who bought an iPhone X, and who are buying one, should receive an email about the training sessions.

Apple calls the session a "customized interactive session." The session provides  tips and tricks to use the smartphone, discussions about AppleID and iCloud, and help setting up the device if needed.

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05:40
Apple offers 30-minute online training sessions to...




To acclimate users to the iPhone X, Apple is offering a phone conversation with an Apple Specialist, while watching a video on a computer to "help you go further" with the new device.

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05:02
Foxconn joining roster of Apple Watch suppliers, may...

Foxconn will be supplying System in Package (SiP) for the Apple Watch from next year though its affiliate ShunSin Technology, according to a supply-chain report …

more…

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05:00
iPhone X ‘the most breakable iPhone ever’ in...

Following a series of six drop tests of the iPhone X, gadget insurance company SquareTrade has labelled the iPhone X ‘the most breakable, highest-priced, most expensive to repair iPhone ever.’

The iPhone X suffered catastrophic failure right from the first drop …

more…

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05:00
How to quickly start writing notes on an iPad

When you’re struck by a brilliant idea (which usually happens to me around 1 a.m.), you don't want to slip away as you spend time unlocking your iPad and opening the Notes app. 

No problem. If you tap the Apple Pencil on the iPad's lock screen, you can start writing a note right away. Or you can simply tell Siri to "Take a Note" and she'll ask you what you want to say. The biggest benefit of the Notes app is that it links notes across devices using iCloud.  

Notes can also be password locked. If you’re using an iPad that supports Touch ID, you can unlock the note with your fingerprint.  

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)

    

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05:00
Spent a lot on that iPhone X? Here's an deal on...

We love it when a deal comes along at the perfect time, and that's the "case" with this low cost protective case for the new iPhone X from Vista Shops. After you've spent your $999 to $1299 plus $199 for AppleCare+ and even more for sales tax, your credit card could use a rest. This iPhone X case is just $16.99. 

The case is simple, but provides protection for your iPhone X. You can get the case in black, white or pink, and each one comes complete with a clear back to show the world your Apple pride. A small lip edge surrounds the edge-to-edge screen of the iPhone X, offering some protection from face-down drops. On the inside, there are double-layered walls to absorb shocks and bumps.

The deal ends soon; if you're...

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04:32
iPhone X Diary: The keynote impressed me, but real-...

My first impression diary pieces are usually exactly that: based on just taking it out of the box, setting it up and playing with it for an hour or three.

This time, however, my iPhone X didn’t arrive until the end of the day on Friday, by which time I was already out for the evening. So this time I’ve had a weekend of use, and have a bit more to say.

I previously outlined the reasons I was buying it, despite my fondness for the iPhone SE. As someone who loves the design of the classic iPhones (iPhone 4/4S/5/5S/SE), and who isn’t a fan of the 6/6S/7/8, the first question I had was what I’d make of the design of the iPhone X …

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04:30
Why is my Mac slowing down over time?

By Jeff Graber

What do Macs and cars have in common? They require upkeep to stay in perfect condition.

When the miles per gallon on a car go down or the car begins going through oil at an alarming rate, then something has to be done. Macs are no different. The first sign that your Mac may need some TLC is if it begins to slow down.

What is slowing down verses normal operation?

Macs will slow down when performing complex tasks, or a number of tasks at any one time. This is perfectly normal, as the Mac divvies up tasks through its processors. You know you have a problem however when this problem persists over a period of time, even when the Mac is not actively doing something. Slow load times, extended start times for applications, and unresponsive windows are all signs that your Mac may be slowing down over time. So what causes this to happen? 

Been running for a long time

The most frequent...

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04:00
Duplicate enhances the Mac Finder’s standard copy/...

By Aaron Lee

MacDaddy's Duplicate is a macOS hat enhances the Finder's standard copy and paste functionality by making them more efficient, as well as performing approximately 10% faster than stock copy and paste methods.

Duplicate can also copy large folders with no issues involving file permissions, as well as the ability to copy entire volumes, creating an exact duplicate bootable copy of the original volume. It installs itself as an option into the contextual menu that appears when you Control-Click or right-click a file, folder, or drive.

This makes Duplicate just as easy to use as the standard OS X copy and paste functions, while providing a copy and paste operation that is both faster and more efficient. Duplicate avoids failed copies with large folders, and users won't experience any issues with permissions as they sometime do with the standard Copy and Paste functions.

Whenever Duplicate is used to copy data, it makes an exact...

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Nov. 6, 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

Kalypso Media Group has introduced The Orient Express, a free, story-driven adventure for iPhone and iPad. Players take on the role of investigative reporter Heidi Price. What begins as nothing more than a story for The Globe newspaper soon sees Heidi trade in her notepad for a magnifying glass and venturing across 17 locations in search of a murderer. Repair torn pictures and documents to progress the story, crack locks and safes and more.

App Eminence has debuted Avoid the Void 2K18. The free (for a limited time) game  challenges players to swipe their finger to guide the blue...

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03:00
DataMan Next 11.1 outfitted with “Star Wars: The...

In the realm of “geeky and useful, the DataMan Next app has been updated to version 11.2 and outfitted a with “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” theme.

As you may remember, DataMan Next, developed by Johnny Ixe, lets you quickly gauge how much of your allotted monthly data you’ve used at a glance.

DataMan Next is available for $0.99 on the App Store and requires iOS 10.3 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried DataMan Next 11.1 or have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.

Via Twitter and the App Store

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01:51
Apple to release software update to solve iPhone...

Some iPhone and iPad users are facing a weird bug after updating to iOS 11.1. When trying to type the lowercase letter ‘i’, autocorrect replaces the word with the letter ‘A’ and a question mark symbol. Apple has released steps for a workaround fix until a bug-fix software update is released.

more…

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Sunday November 5

20:37
Apple Watches Were Crashing When Asked About the...

Yesterday MacRumor reported that "Asking Siri something like 'What's the temperature?' or 'What's the weather?' or 'Is it raining?' causes the Apple Watch to crash."
The issue has been documented in several threads on the MacRumors forums and on Reddit, and we've also been able to replicate it on our own devices. Complaints about the problem appear to have started this morning, and the bug is confirmed to be affecting both LTE and GPS Apple Watch Series 3 models as well as older Apple Watch models running watchOS 4.1. Not all Apple Watch owners in all countries are affected, but it appears to be impacting users in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

The problem may have been caused by Daylight Savings Time, they reported yesterday, since "asking Siri about the weather tomorrow or next week doesn't cause a problem -- it's only questions about the current weather conditions that are resulting in errors."
Engadget confirms that "The issue appears to be over. We'...

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15:35
New Samsung ad mocks the iPhone X’s notch, headphone...

Following the official release of the iPhone X on Friday, Samsung is out today with a new ad for its Galaxy Note 8 flagship. The new ad slams the iPhone X’s notch design, the lack of a headphone jack, and much more…

more…

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14:36
The iPhone X cracked on the first drop

CNET:

I took our Space Gray iPhone X out to the sidewalk in front of CNET’s San Francisco offices: a place where many screens have met their doom.

Is it just me or are these kinds of “tests” utterly ridiculous? Of course glass things break when you drop them. Is this really a surprise to anyone?

Not good considering it was the first drop.

Is CNET really unclear how dropping things works? What difference does it make if it’s the first drop or the tenth? Do they think that the phone gets less durable the more you drop it?

Is the iPhone X more fragile than past iPhones? Tough to say, because none of our tests are scientific.

Then maybe you should leave the “testing” to those who can do it scientifically. Regardless, it seems to be pretty much common sense that, when you drop things, they sometimes

...

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14:19
Dogs in space: Meet the Soviet Union space programme...

alphr:

Today is the 60th anniversary of Laika – a Moscow stray – being blasted off Earth to become the first dog in space. In honour of the occasion, here is Duncan Geere’s piece on the full history of the Soviet’s canine space team.

I knew the Soviets had sent Laika into orbit but I didn’t know of her tragic before and after

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:59
Apple Watches were crashing when asked about the...

We hope you didn't ask your shiny new Apple Watch about the weather on November 4th -- you probably got a rude response. Many Series 3 owners reported that their wristwear crashed (specifically, the "springboard" interface restarted) if they asked Si...

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13:04
The best Thunderbolt 3 docks for Apple's...




The inclusion of Thunderbolt 3 on the MacBook Pro and iMac has created an entire industry of docks and other accessories that take advantage of Thunderbolt 3's high bandwidth and power delivery capabilities, by providing more ports that can expand a Mac's connectivity. AppleInsider compares some of the best options on the market.

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12:32
Qualcomm may face takeover bid from chip rival...

Qualcomm is already facing headaches between antitrust cases and its patent spat with Apple, but there's one more that might join the pile. The Financial Times reports that Broadcom, one of Qualcomm's main rivals in the wireless chipset space, is pl...

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11:01
Saudi Arabia arrests one of tech's biggest...

Saudi Arabia is in the midst of a crackdown on alleged corruption, and its dragnet has caught one of the tech world's most important investors: the country has arrested Prince al-Waleed bin Talal over money laundering charges. He has major stakes in...

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10:46
∞ Apple Store iPhone screensaver

I saw this tweet and checked out the linked graphic

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09:30
The best humidifier

By John Holecek and Tim Heffernan

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. R...

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09:17
Here’s how the new iPhone X design compares to every...

The iPhone X marks a significant departure from previous generation iPhone design. Apple has crammed a 5.8-inch display into a body that’s only mildly larger than previous generation non-Plus models. A new video has hit YouTube this weekend, offering a close comparison between the iPhone X and every other iPhone model…

more…

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08:31
The 37 best photography accessories

Got a photographer in your life you need Christmas gift(s) for? This is a varied list with all kinds of price points on some cool accessories for your shooter.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:00
After Math: Xs and Os

It's been a wild week for schemes and strategies. A band of thieves made off with a load of new iPhones, the CIA released more of bin Laden's hard drive contents, and Netflix nixed House of Cards because Kevin Spacey turned out to be a sexual predato...

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06:58
An iOS 11.1 Glitch Is Replacing Vowels

An anonymous reader quotes Mashable:
We became privy to a new iPhone keyboard glitch after a few Mashable staffers recently started having issues with their iPhone keyboards, specifically with vowels. The issue started when iOS 11's predictive text feature began to display an odd character in the place of the letter "I," offering up "A[?] instead and autocorrecting within the message field...The bug was also covered by MacRumors, but it appears that my colleagues have even more issues than just the letter "I." One reported that they were also seeing the glitch with the letters "U" and "O" as well, making the problem strictly restricted to vowels. They also said the letters showed up oddly in iMessage on Mac devices, and shared some more screenshots of what the glitch looks like when they went through with sending a message. The glitch wasn't just limited to iMessage, however. My colleagues shared screenshots of their increasingly futile attempts to type out messages on...

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06:38
New Apple Watch Activity Challenge for Veterans Day...

Apple will hold a special Apple Watch Activity Challenge to commemorate Veterans Day on 11 November in the United States. Apple Watch owners can earn a special badge and iMessage sticker for the event.

To earn the award, simply complete an 11 minute workout on Veterans Day. Accumulate time with the Workout app or a third-party app that adds workouts to the HealthKit database.

more…

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06:36
Sprint and T-Mobile officially end discussions about...

Last ditch efforts to save the merger between T-Mobile and Spirit have failed. According to a new report from Axios, T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom presented Sprint parent company SoftBank with a new offer last night, but again, issues stemmed from who would have control over the new entity…

more…

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05:30
Ben Heck's Hex game: Fun with soldering

After working out the kinks with the layout of the Hex board game, Ben and Felix have received the PCBs from OSHPark and they're all ready for soldering. That's interesting, because ultimately the game itself will be used to teach soldering in...

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01:04
3D gel stacks can grow enough stem cells to treat...

Programmed stem cells promise to tackle all kinds of illnesses, but there's one catch: making them. It's hard to cultivate large numbers of them, and the need to grow them on 2D surfaces isn't very practical. That's where researchers might come to th...

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Saturday November 4

19:55
Apple reminds iPhone X owners they're using an...

Apple's bezel-less "X" is the first iPhone with an OLED screen -- a technology known for its greater contrast and saturation, but also for its tendency to get burn-in. To make sure customers understand that their $1,000 phone might suffer from image...

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18:19
Kaspersky's antivirus software takes non-...

Kaspersky's attempt to quash collusion fears through transparency isn't quite reassuring everyone. In an interview with Reuters, founder Eugene Kaspersky has acknowledged that his company's antivirus software has copied files that weren't marked as d...

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16:50
Estonia freezes resident ID cards due to security...

Estonia's residents use their mandatory national IDs to access pretty much anything, from online banking to online voting. So, it was a huge blow to the program when experts found a security flaw in the IDs' chip that makes it easy for bad players to...

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15:46
Blizzard 'Overwatch' installer may herald...




An executable which appears destined for a macOS version of shooter "Overwatch" has been discovered -- but after completing an install process, the binary delivered appears to be for Windows.

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15:18
Internet giants now support bill to curb online sex...

For ages, internet companies have fought changes to the Communications Decency Act's Section 230, which protects them from liability for content that might pass through their websites. They don't want to be sued because someone conducted sex traffick...

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14:44
How Apple Watch laid the foundation for iPhone X




With a vibrant, full-faced OLED screen sporting handsomely-rounded corners edged in polished stainless steel, passive biometrics that "just work" to authenticate you without conscious effort, buttery smooth swipe navigation for multitasking and a simple side control to invoke Siri and Apple Pay, iPhone X is nothing like other phones. But it's exactly like Apple Watch, which began paving the way for a generational iPhone leap back in 2014 at its introduction next to the more basic styling of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

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13:46
Crunchyroll website hack tried to infect visitors...

Hacks that target major websites are nothing new, but Crunchyroll just suffered a particularly vicious attack. The anime streaming service was compromised for hours on November 4th after intruders planted a fake home page that pushed a malicious "Cru...

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12:15
Microsoft ends its last free Windows 10 upgrades on...

Microsoft largely stopped offering free Windows 10 upgrades back in July 2016. However, there's been an ongoing exception: if you use accessibility features, you've had an extension of that promo. And now, that last deal is coming to an end. Microsof...

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11:30
How much does a kilogram weigh?

These stories have always fascinated me. I bet most people don’t realize the “official” kilogram is an actual physical object.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:48
iPhone X tips: Miss the home button? Here's how...




The removal of the home button on the iPhone X is a bold decision by Apple, but some customers may find themselves pining for the way things once were. Thankfully, the home button is not gone entirely, as iOS allows you to add a customizable virtual one to your screen. AppleInsider explains how to do it.

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10:44
T-Mobile and Sprint end merger talks

So much for T-Mobile's bid to rescue a potential merger with Sprint. The two carriers have ended their not-so-secret merger talks after they couldn't find "mutually agreeable terms." Neither side is specific about what went wrong, but their remarks...

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10:01
Judge blocks Ring's home security sales over...

The Ring Protect DIY home security system might not make it under anybody's tree this Christmas. A judge in Delaware has temporarily blocked Protect's sales due to a lawsuit filed by rival electronic security provider ADT. The bigger home security co...

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08:41
New video shows Face ID fail to properly distinguish...

Apple touts that Face ID is even more secure than Touch ID was, with there being a 1 in 1,000,000 chance of a different person being able to unlock someone else’s iPhone X with Face ID. A new video posted to Reddit, however, shows Face ID failing to properly differentiate between siblings…

more…

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08:29
EA's 'UFC 3' takes the fight beyond...

EA has a penchant for sports games whose stories go beyond the actual match, and that now includes the UFC series. The publisher has unveiled UFC 3, and its centerpiece is a GOAT Career Mode where your choices outside the Octagon determine the fight...

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08:06
This week’s top stories: iPhone X impressions &...

In this week’s top stories: The iPhone X is officially available with early reviews pouring in, Apple releases iOS 11.1 to the public and begins beta testing iOS 11.2, and more. Read on for all of this week’s top stories more…

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07:30
15 products that totally flopped from the new Museum...

I don’t know that I’d visit this museum and I’ve never heard of “Coke II”.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:15
This is what photos from a $63,000 camera look like

This may be blasphemous to professional photographers (or it may be because I’m looking at the images via a web browser) but the composition of the sample images (and the images on the video) is kind of boring and you can’t really see where the $63,000 value is.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:10
PSA: iPhone X now widely available for same day in-...

Apple officially released the all-new iPhone X yesterday, drawing massive crowds to Apple Stores around the world. If you were unsuccessful getting your iPhone X on launch day, however, the device is widely available for in-store pickup from Apple retail locations…

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Ask Engadget: Where should I put my router?

The support shared between readers in the comments section is one of the things we love most about the Engadget community. Over the years, we've known you to offer sage advice on everything from Chromecasts and cameras to drones and smartphones. In f...

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Federal report says humans are the cause of climate...

Today, over a dozen federal agencies released the Climate Science Special Report, which is a product of the National Climate Assessment -- a congressionally mandated review that takes place every four years. In it, hundreds of scientists from dozens...

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The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend. Did you get the iPhone X? Our full review is up if you need help making a decision, but first, we'll take a look back at some of the week's biggest stories, including the latest updates o...

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04:00
iPhone X: Unboxing Apple’s new flagship iPhone

A week after Apple started taking pre-orders, the first round of iPhone X arrivals happened on Friday. If you didn’t order one online, perhaps you waited in line and picked one up at your local Apple store.

Macworld got an iPhone X on Friday, and we took the wraps off the device during a live videostream to the Macworld Facebook page and the Macworld Twitter feed. We took a look at the design and compared it to a few older iPhones and even to the Google Pixel 2 XL. We went through the setup, went over some of the new gestures, set up and played with Face ID, and had some fun with Animojis. And we answered questions from the audience.

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The hottest Apple-related news for the week of Oct....

There’s a lot happening in the world of Apple news this week. Following are the hottest articles for the week of Oct. 30-Nov. 3. 

Mac sales were up 25% year-over-year by unit number in Apple’s fiscal 2017 fourth quarter that ended Sept. 30. Apple desktop/laptop numbers were 5.4 million for the quarter compared to the 4.9 million Macs sold in the same period of 2016.

iPhone sales were up 2% year-over-year by unit number in Apple’s fiscal 2017 fourth quarter that ended Sept. 30. Apple smartphone numbers were 46.7 million for the quarter compared to the 45.5 million iPhones sold in the same period of 2016.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the...

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00:09
‘Overwatch’ gets a new healer hero and another map

At last year's Blizzcon, Blizzard introduced a new character for its hero shooter, Overwatch — but community excitement was subdued after the months of teasing, hints and puzzles leading up to the announcement. Perhaps that's why Blizzard chose...

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20:33
What’s new in iOS 11.2 beta 2? Hands-on with changes...

As we noted earlier, iOS 11.2 beta 2 is an iPhone X-only release for the time being. It doesn’t appear to feature many changes when compared to the previous beta, but it does come with at least three noteworthy new additions for iPhone X owners.

The biggest news for iOS 11.2 beta 2 is the presence of three new Live wallpapers, which appear in addition to the three new Live wallpapers included with the public iOS version for iPhone X. These are the same wallpapers that Apple has featured in its marketing, including its highly-publicized iPhone X ‘It’s Here’ commercial. more…

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These low-cost wireless Qi chargers will juice your...




One of the main features of the iPhone X is the ability to wirelessly charge the battery, but some of the options on the market are fairly expensive. AppleInsider rounds up some of the better value options on the market that you can buy right now.

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19:59
This week on AI: iPhone X review & launch, Apple...




Friday was the big day: the global launch of the iPhone X. Check out all of our related news and more, including our in-depth review.

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19:59
This week on AI: iPhone X review & launch, Apple...




Friday was the big day: the global launch of the iPhone X. Check out all of our related news and more, including our in-depth review.

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19:56
Take a peek inside the iPhone X

As they tend to do, the folks at iFixit have descended upon Apple's latest creation to pull it apart piece by piece. While we didn't spot any fairie dust spilling out of the iPhone X, they did dig into its TrueDepth camera system (above) that enables...

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18:56
TextExpander 6.2.3

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18:30
Netflix: We won't make 'House of Cards...

If House of Cards comes back for its planned sixth and final season, it won't happen on Netflix with Kevin Spacey attached. After accusations of sexual misconduct surfaced yesterday from crew members working on the show, the streaming video company i...

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18:02
Amazon reportedly eyeing a 'Lord of the Rings...

Hollywood is buzzing with rumors (Variety, Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter) that Warner Bros. and Amazon are considering a deal for a series based on J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings books, with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos "personally" involved in the t...

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17:33
How to navigate the Home button-less iPhone X using...

The iPhone X ushers in a major change to the way we interact with our devices due to the lack of a Home button. In order to accommodate an almost bezel-free display, Apple eschewed the Home button and replaced its functionality with several new Screen Edge Gestures.

The presence of these new gestures present new learning opportunities for navigating throughout the iOS UI.  We’ve been using the iPhone X for a day now and have already largely adapted to the new interface methods.

Watch our hands-on video walkthrough as we step through many of the new gestures you’ll need to know to fully navigate the iOS interface sans Home button. more…

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16:57
Ryder is adding 125 electric vans to its rental fleet

Your next trip to IKEA could be a lot greener. Ryder, the vehicle-rental company, has announced that it's putting 125 electric medium-duty windowless vans into its fleet by year's end. The zero-emissions vehicles will be provided by Chanje Energy and...

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16:01
Some iPhone X Buyers Are Having Problems Activating...

Apple has started to ship the iPhone X across the United States, but some new iPhone X owners say they aren't able to start using their new phones due to carrier activation issues and congestion. From a report: A number of iPhone X owners on Twitter have reported having issues activating their new phones. The issue seems to be affecting some AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint users in the last few hours as they try to get service on Apple's $1,000 phone. When users try to activate the device, a message pops up saying, "The activation server is temporarily unavailable."


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15:48
Razer's new 'Overwatch' gear...

Are you into Overwatch as a broadcaster, looking to use Blizzard's new influencer-friendly features? Or are you a super fan who's played through every special event since the game released? Did you start playing the developer's more traditional MOBA,...

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15:20
iFixit's iPhone X Teardown Reveals Two Battery...

iFixit has posted its teardown of the iPhone X, revealing a new TrueDepth camera system, stacked logic board, L-shaped two-cell battery pack, and Qi-based inductive charging coil. Mac Rumors reports: Like every other model since the iPhone 7 Plus, the iPhone X is a sideways-opening device. A single bracket covers every logic board connector. iFixit said the miniaturized logic board design is incredibly space efficient, with an unprecedented density of connectors and components. It noted the iPhone X logic board is about 70 percent of the size of the iPhone 8 Plus logic board. The extra room allows for a new L-shaped two-cell battery pack rated for 2,716 mAh, which is slightly larger than the iPhone 8 Plus battery. iFixit's teardown includes some high-resolution photos of the iPhone X's new TrueDepth camera system that powers Face ID and Animoji. For those unfamiliar, a flood illuminator covers your face with infrared light. Next, the front-facing camera confirms a face. Then the IR...

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15:16
iPhone X launch draws an enthusiastic line all day...




One month after the earlier launch of iPhone 8 and 8 Plus drew lines of its own, buyers excited for iPhone X again flocked to Apple's retail stores to be among the first to get the new phone. At San Francisco's flagship Union Square location, a line of over 200 were waiting when the doors opened, and even hours later there were new arrivals joining a line down the block in the early afternoon.

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15:14
Video: The iPhone X Ultimate Face ID Test




A centerpiece feature of Apple's iPhone X is Face ID, which completely replaces Touch ID. Here's how -- as well as how well -- the technology works in practice.

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14:39
Cricket adds data to its most affordable smartphone...

AT&T's low-cost Cricket brand has historically been somewhat stingy with data unless you've bee willing to pay almost as much as you would for a regular AT&T plan, but it's loosening things up a bit on November 5th. The budget carrier is addi...

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14:07
Evernote 6.13

Narrows the toolbar to provide more space for content and fixes several bugs. (Free update, 55.2 MB)

 

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13:39
Apple seeds iPhone X-specific version of iOS 11.2...




Hot on the heels of the phone's global launch, Apple has released an iPhone X version of iOS 11.2 beta 2 for developers.

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13:37
Alexa will help you order gadgets and gear from Best...

In an odd turn for retail cooperation, Best Buy is now available on Alexa, Amazon's voice-powered digital assistant. Starting today, you can learn about and order Best Buy's Deal of the Day sales just by saying, "Alexa, talk to Best Buy." Sure, it se...

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13:17
iPhone X unboxing leads to a long wait for...

On June 29, 2007 I spent the day in the hot sun in front of the Aspen Grove Apple store in Littleton, Colorado, waiting to pick up my first iPhone. At that point, nobody except Steve Jobs really thought that the phone was going to be a hit -- I mean, we all had Nokia and Palm phones, what did we need an Apple phone for? Fast-forward ten years and the iPhone is now responsible for 55 percent of Apple's revenues, and many believe the iPhone X will transform Apple into the first company with a $1 trillion or greater market cap. Today I picked up my iPhone X at the same store -- hours later, I'm still waiting to get it activated so it looks like the newest iPhone is a huge hit. 

Unboxing!

What's a new Apple device release without an unboxing video? Well, this is probably the shortest unboxing video you've ever seen, because I power it on, pass setup info over from an iPad Pro, and then promptly get an activation fail. 

My first try with the...

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13:16
'WoW' add-on 'Battle for Azeroth...

Harkening back to the original Alliance vs Horde conflict that started it all, World of Warcraft's upcoming seventh expansion, "Battle for Azeroth," is set to bring new zones, races, armor and a massive 20-player cooperative battlefront to the venera...

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13:05
Broadcom could make offer for Apple foe Qualcomm...




Chipmaker Broadcom is allegedly planning to bid for Qualcomm, in a move which could have major ramifications for the latter's ongoing legal battles with Apple.

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12:53
Blizzard is making a 'StarCraft II'...

Blizzard is taking StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty's campaign free to play. As Polygon reports, come November 14th, you'll have access to the entire narrative and if you already own that, you'll get the Protoss-themed Heart of the Swarm campaign for fr...

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12:41
iPhone X support document discusses Super Retina...




A new support document discussing the Super Retina OLED display in the iPhone X addresses user viewing angles, as well as the possibility of image persistence when a display shows a faint remnant of an image that hadn't moved in a long period of time.

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12:39
Apple says color and hue shifting, OLED burn-in...

iPhone X is finally arriving to customers today, and with it comes the new 5.8-inch OLED screen that Apple calls the Super Retina display. iPhone X is the first model that uses this screen technology, and with it comes a few disclaimers…

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12:37
Logitech and HTC Vive bring keyboards into VR

The HTC Vive team and Logitech introduced a new hardware and software package today that aims to help developers enter text while building apps and games. The $150 BRIDGE kit includes a Logitech G keyboard and a Vive tracker that tracks typing and re...

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