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Thursday August 3

Apple shipped 2.8 million wearables worldwide in the...

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global wearables shipments reached 22 million units in the second quarter of 2017. China-based Xiaomi captured 17 percent marketshare and became the world’s largest wearables vendor for the first time ever, overtaking Fitbit and Apple.

“Global wearables shipments reached 21.6 million units in the second quarter (Q2) 2017, rising 8% annually from 20.0 million in Q2 2016,” says Steven Waltzer, industry analyst at Strategy Analytics. “Strong demand for low-cost fitness bands in China and premium smartwatches across the United States drove the uptick.”

Apple shipped 2.8 million wearables worldwide in Q2...

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Apple is looking into ‘true’ quantum dot displays

Apple has filed for a patent (number 20170221969) for “Quantum dot LED and OLED integration for high efficiency displays,” which promises quantum dot pixel displays on all its devices. The displays would offer “pure color” and use less energy.

All commercial products such as TVs using quantum dots, and branded as QLED, use them to convert light for LCD backlights, rather than as part of the actual display. However, “true” quantum dot displays are an experimental display technology different from those existing commercial products. In these QLEDs, quantum dots (QD) or semiconductor nanocrystals could provide an alternative for commercial applications as electro-optical display technology. 

This display technology would be similar to organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays, in that light would be emitted on demand, which would enable more efficient displays, and is also seen as the next generation technology after OLED. However, such products are still experimental...

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Once more, with feeling: Uniloc sues Apple yet again

Another day, another continuation of the same ol’ battle. AppleInsider reports that Uniloc, a “patent troll,” has filed yet another suit, against Apple claiming, naturally, patent infringement.

Filed with the patent holder friendly Eastern Texas District Court, it relates to intellectual property reassigned from 3Com and involve the Apple TV remote. Uniloc claims Apple’s gadget violates its patent for a “System and method using a palm sized computer to control network devices" details a technique of remotely controlling internet-connected hardware from a handheld device.”

Previous lawsuits allege infringement of patents reassigned from Hewlett-Packard and 3Com that involve a method by which a temperature sensor is used to monitor battery heat during charge and discharge events. Current is subsequently limited to prevent overheating and...

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Beyond Portrait Mode … next-generation computational...

A former Google SVP recently praised Apple’s use of computational photography to achieve shallow depth of field shots with the dual camera on the iPhone 7 Plus. A research team has now developed a next-generation computational photography technique that allows you change the perspective of a photograph after it has been taken – including achieving effects not possible with conventional cameras …


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Apple looking to hire more than 70 map tech experts

Apple wants to hire a bunch of map tech experts. More than 70 job listings went live in the past month on the company's site relating to its maps team.

Apple is looking for folks with skills involving "geospatial information services," "navigational aids" and "fleet management.” The map tech experts will doubtless help bring new features to the Maps app on macOS and iOS devices.

Plus, the new hires could help Apple deliver on two promises: becoming an important player in augmented reality and "autonomous systems.”

in its third quarter earnings report on Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said in an interview with CNBC's Josh Lipton, "The smart phone is becoming even more important to people because it's going across so much of your life... With things like AR… I think it becomes even more essential than it currently is.”

Improving and developing new map...

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Discovery to buy Scripps: The good and bad for cord...

The combined network could stream channels like HGTV and TLC on the cheap, but consolidation always comes at a cost.

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How to use Memories in the Photos app in macOS Sierra

Apple revamped the Photos App in macOS Sierra, adding a Memories feature, which is designed to help you “rediscover favorite and forgotten moments from deep in your photo library.” Memories automatically creates curated collections of your most meaningful photos and videos. 

To use it, open the Photos app and click Memories in the left sidebar. You'll see a summary of the Memory's contents, chosen from the best photos in your library. You can choose Show All to see every photo and video in the Memory. 

Scroll down to see the people included in the Memory, a map showing where the photos and videos were taken, and a list of related Memories for you to explore. At the bottom of your Memory, you can find options to add the Memory to your favorites or delete it.

(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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Huawei set to overtake Apple in smartphone sales,...

Apple managed to achieve a little year-on-year growth in iPhone sales in its most recent quarter, but market intelligence data from Strategy Analytics, Canalys and TrendForce show that the company looks set to be overtaken by Chinese brand Huawei …


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Nattress Contrast is a cool effects pack for Final...

By Aaron Lee

Nattress Contrast is a nifty effects pack that's compatible with Final Cut Pro X, Motion, Premiere Pro and After Effects.

It contains four filters: Bleach Bypass, Detail Preserve Contrast, Hyper Contrast, and Luma & Saturation Contrast. Because some lenses naturally produce a lower contrast image due to the way light diffuses through the lens elements, adding post-production contrast effects is a great way to increase visual impact.

With Nattress Contrast effects, editors can use edge-dependent contrast masking to preserves edges and maintain detail. The filter suite gives users independent control of luma and saturation contrast as well as the ability to digitally recreate high-contrast film processing.

Nattress Contrasts costs $49. The trial version of Nattress Contrast is available by installing FxFactory. You can learn more by...

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Notable apps and app updates for Aug. 3, 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

The Google Earth app has been updated to support 64-bit iPhones and iPads. The free app allows you to “fly” through landmarks and cities like London, Tokyo and Rome in 3D, then dive in to experience them first hand with Street View.

macOS Apps/Updates

SpriTec Software has revved SuperTab, its utility app for macOS, to version 3.0. 

The tool enhances and extends the Mac's built-in Command-Tab app switcher, providing additional access to files, folders, websites, calendars, windows, clipboards, Dock items and more. Version 3.0 adds item name overlays and calendar events....

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Leaked HomePod firmware hints at facial recognition...

The leaked HomePod firmware continues to hint at possible forthcoming Apple features down the pipe.

A set of code discovered in the firmware suggests Apple’s “iPhone 8” will integrate facial recognition into the Apple Pay process, though it appears the technology will not completely replace physical Touch ID.

Developer Daniel Niyazov tweeted out a note on Wednesday in which he noted references to “pearl,” which is thought to be Apple’s codename for “iPhone 8’s” facial recognition feature. The reference also showed up in leaked code associated with Apple Pay.

The HomePod firmware, which was inadvertently released to assorted developers, has revealed several possible new features for upcoming Apple products. Prior investigation of the code connected “pearl” and its various iterations to so-called “FaceDetect” features.

In particular, an area marked “pearl.field-detect” suggests a method of recognizing when a user’s face is within view of the handset’s...

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Wednesday August 2

Tech group representing Apple rebukes proposed GOP...

Senate Republicans, with the backing of President Donald Trump, on Wednesday introduced a bill designed to drastically reduce legal immigration levels in the U.S., but the proposed act is already under fire from a technology industry lobbying group.

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New report offers more detail on Apple’s work w/...

Earlier this month, it was reported that Apple was working with hearing-aid manufacturer Cochlear on Bluetooth and other technologic challenges to offer a direct connection to iPhones. Now, a new piece from Wired offers more detail on the efforts and talks about how “Apple is putting voices in users’ heads” with the technology…


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Apple TV Remote app target of latest Uniloc patent...

Continuing its withering legal barrage against Apple, so-called "patent troll" Uniloc on Wednesday filed a patent lawsuit claiming the Cupertino tech giant's Apple TV Remote app for iOS infringes on IP dating back to 1999.

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Amazon Echo vulnerability allows hackers to...

A security researcher has shown off the potential danger of internet connected speakers being used to listen in on private conversations by publishing details of how to hack earlier models of the Amazon Echo via a hardware-based vulnerability that cannot be fixed with a software patch.

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Shopify goes after Square with a new mobile credit...

Shopify just released its new card reader that makes it easy for merchants to complete credit or debit card-based sales on the go. The reader accepts chip dips or swipes and works with Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover. It connects wire...

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Apple developed new BLE Audio streaming tech for...

Apple's work on Bluetooth Low Energy Audio, a new technology that streams digital sound directly to hearing air implants, enables people with hearing impairments to communicate and use their iPhone as mic via iOS 10's Live Listen feature.

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Fitbit says it plans to unveil ‘the best health and...

While several wearable companies have exited the market recently, Fitbit is still working on its new smartwatch. According to CEO James Park, the company hopes to release the accessory “ahead of the holiday season.” Park made the announcement in Fitbit’s Q2 2017 earnings release. 


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Verizon's latest rewards program shares gobs of...

Verizon has just fired up a new rewards program, but you might want to hold off if you're concerned about your privacy. Brandon Robbins and other customers have noticed that enlisting in Up requires enrolling in a Verizon Selects personalized adverti...

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AWT News Update: August 2, 2017

"iPhone 8" mockup by casemaker Nodus, via Forbes.

Apple's well on its way to becoming the world's first trillion-dollar company. That and more Apple news coming your way:

  • AAPL closes at $157.14, giving the company a market cap of $819.3 billion.
  • "Firmware mining" has brought some clarity to features expected in the upcoming iPhone 8
  • Was Microsoft working on a Bluetooth keyboard for iPad?

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

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Apple's 'iPhone 8' facial recognition...

Code discovered in recently leaked HomePod firmware suggests Apple's "iPhone 8" will integrate facial recognition into the Apple Pay process, though it appears the technology will not completely replace physical Touch ID.

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DJI's Spark drone starts recording when you...

When we reviewed DJI's Spark drone, one of our gripes was the limited set of gesture controls. You can't do everything you want without reaching for your phone. DJI is already taking steps to close those gaps, though. It's delivering a firmware updat...

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FEP calls Apple, Amazon hypocritical for bowing to...

The Free Enterprise Project , a conservative shareholder activist organization calls on Apple and Amazon “to recommit to protecting human rights after both companies recently, and hypocritically, bowed to Chinese government pressure regarding Internet censorship.”

The FED, which focuses on shareholder activism and the confluence of big government and big business, points out that both companies routinely attack federal- and state-level government actions in the U.S. under the supposed banner of human rights, but have quickly abandoned those principles to do Beijing's bidding.

Apple recently removed upwards of 60 virtual private network (VPN) services from its app store in China.  VPNs allow users to skirt China's "great firewall" that blocks its citizens from accessing many...

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Fitbit CEO says its first smartwatch will be ready...

Looks like Fitbit's new smartwatch will arrive before the holiday season, according to the company's CEO. In its second quarter earnings report, he noted that the wearable is "is on track for delivery ahead of the holiday season and will drive a stro...

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Apple shares two new iPhone 7 ads featuring Dwayne...

Apple on Wednesday posted to YouTube a pair of ads starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, with the short spots featuring extended scenes taken from the "Rock X Siri: Dominate the Day" mini movie.

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Apple shares more iPhone 7 ads from its partnership...

Last month, Apple partnered with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for an extended advertisement highlighting Siri. The ad was called “Dominate the Day” and showcased using Siri at various points to speed up basic tasks.

Today, Apple has uploaded a series of shorter advertisements from its partnership with The Rock…


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RED’s $1,200 holographic phone features snap-on...

Digital camera maker RED is still releasing new products at different price points, like its $15,000 4K Raven bundle the company plans to release in a partnership with Apple. But the company's looking to enter the mobile market, revealing last month...

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Researchers think algorithms can improve your trash...

Whether we take selfies to match our own perception of what we think we look like or trying to understand how others perceive us, there's no doubt that the self portrait is the defining photographic trend of our time. Chances are, we could all use a...

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Watch: Apple beats Street estimates with strong Q3

Apple reported better than expected earnings for its third fiscal quarter of 2017, raking in $45.4 billion in revenue led by strong iPhone sales of 41 million units and a return to growth for iPad. AppleInsider breaks down the performance in this video.

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Deals: $200-$700 off 13" MacBook Pros; 12...

The exclusive deals keep rolling in! Pick up a 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro with or without a Touch Bar for up to $700 off with coupon. Or snap up one of two remaining 2015 12-inch MacBooks for $999. Apple's Late 2015 21.5-inch iMac 4K and iMac HD are also $300 to $500 off with no tax collected outside NY and NJ.

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iPhone 8 camera may support ‘SmartCam’ scene...

iPhone 8 render via Forbes

The iPhone 8 camera may introduce support for a new ‘SmartCam’ scene selection feature according to code discovered by Guilherme Rambo from the leaked HomePod software. The code suggests SmartCam may be used by the new camera app to intelligently capture the best photos when shooting specific scenes like sunrises and fireworks. Additional code references authenticating Apple Pay with what is believed to be facial recognition.


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HBO data breach included thousands of internal...

It looks like the data taken during Monday's HBO hack is more than just a couple show episodes and Game of Thrones spoilers. The company paid security contractors to sniff out exactly what leaked online, and they've revealed that the hackers stole th...

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Tesla is getting 1,800 Model 3 reservations per day

After narrowly meeting its promise to launch the Model 3 in July, Tesla has released its latest earnings report (PDF). Other than slightly higher than expected revenue, the company says that since the delivery event, it has averaged 1,800 Model 3 pre...

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Yoga & water polo among new activities coming to...

The built-in Workout app on the Apple Watch may soon gain many more activity types, such as yoga, wrestling, and water polo, according to the latest discovery in Apple's HomePod firmware. [Updated with corrected info]

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Goofy AirPod pockets are the latest ridiculous...

"I'm always losing my AirPods," says everyone who's purchased a pair of Apple's questionably fashionable wireless headphones. While it's unlikely that putting them in tiny pockets in your shirt collar will help much, Stone Island has come out with tw...

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Apple CEO Tim Cook may claim 280K shares if stock...

Apple CEO Tim Cook could potentially collect his maximum 2017 performance award -- 280,000 shares -- if the company's current stock performance holds through an Aug. 24 deadline.

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Skip the line and grab a Uniqlo jacket from a...

You can get Best Buy products, Snapchat Spectacles and Instagram likes from a vending machine these days. You can even get a car. Now, Uniqlo wants to add its clothing to the myriad of items you can snag from a machine. The retailer is planning to in...

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Google Earth for iPhone & iPad gets needed 64-...

Google on Wednesday released a major update of Google Earth for iOS, most notably delivering an expected switch to 64-bit code -- something essential for the app to keep running on this fall's iOS 11.

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Facebook News Feed will direct you to faster-loading...

It's not just bogus articles that can make your Facebook News Feed seem like a minefield -- it's also frustrating when a friend shares a web link that takes... forever... to... load. Thankfully, Facebook is as tired of twiddling its thumbs as you are...

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Red's $1200 Hydrogen One smartphone detailed in...

Red's $1200 Hydrogen One smartphone with 3D display is more than vapor, with three prototypes being demonstrated -- with one having a fully functional display.

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Google Earth iOS update saves it from App Store...

One of iOS 11's big changes (and there are many) is that it will no longer support 32-bit-only apps. This has left developers scrambling to make sure their apps will be able to launch on the software update arriving in September. It's understandable...

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Karma's new hotspot gives users a cloak of...

Personal hotspot hardware provider Karma has announced a new security-focused product, Karma Black. A specialized version of the company's KarmaGO hotspot device, Karma Black will provide anonymous browsing (Tor), an integrated Virtual Private Networ...

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'iPhone 8' SmartCam may adjust lighting,...

The latest HomePod firmware leak suggests that Apple is planning to introduce new machine learning capabilities that will allow the iPhone's camera to recognize objects and types of scenes in real time, and adjust settings accordingly for the best-possible photo.

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Microsoft powers a DJ’s live show with a Surface...

When it comes to live shows, the visuals are key to making a lasting impression. I'd even argue that what you see is just as important as the quality of the music. It is a performance, after all. Touring musicians employ all kinds of A/V gear in an a...

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‘Real people’ do not want secure communications

Amber Rudd (The UK Home Secretary) has said “real people” do not want secure end-to-end encryption on messaging services.

In response, Renate Samson Chief Executive of Big Brother Watch said:

“Suggesting that people don’t really want security from their online services is frankly insulting, what of those in society who are in dangerous or vulnerable situations, let alone those of us who simply want to protect our communications from breach, hack or cybercrime,” she said.

She’s making an argument that fits her agenda. I don’t believe for a minute that people want less security on anything, especially these days.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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AAPL performance to decide if Tim Cook will receive...

Earlier this year it was reported that Tim Cook’s 2016 pay was cut by $1.5M as Apple missed its revenue and profit goals. Today, Bloomberg reports that Cook’s yearly performance award window is about to close later this month and 280,000 AAPL shares are on the line…


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Cyber attacks affect corporate earnings

Costly cyber attacks are having a bigger impact on corporate earnings and are becoming a fact of life for companies as Oreo cookie maker Mondelez, drug maker Merck and others said that a destructive “worm” attack in the last week of the second quarter disrupted operations.

It’s not just the immediate fallout of an attack that hits companies, it’s the earnings too.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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The Smithsonian art museum dove into VR with Intel...

Virtual reality and museums are a perfect pair. We've seen plenty of institutions, like the British Museum, dabble in VR over the past few years. But for the most part, the offerings have been fairly basic. The Smithsonian American Art Museum is hopi...

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How to create a bootable macOS High Sierra USB...

If you want the ability to perform a fresh and clean install of macOS High Sierra, then you should consider creating a bootable macOS High Sierra USB install drive. Not only will this walkthrough work for the macOS High Sierra beta, but it will also work for the final public release once available. In the following video tutorial, we’ll show you how.


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Sony and IBM created 330TB data tapes for a massive...

Storing data on magnetic tape is back, baby. Sony has announced that thanks to a partnership with IBM Research in Zurich, the pair have developed a magnetic tape cartridge capable of storing 201 gigabytes of data per square inch for a total of 330 te...

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WSL to Ship With Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Microsoft has announced that Windows Subsystem for Linux will emerge as a fully supported part of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update when the OS ships later this year. The new status means that early adopters in the Windows Insider program no longer will see the subsystem's status as "beta," beginning with Insider build 16251, Microsoft Senior Program Manager Rich Turner noted. With the updated status, WSL can be leveraged as a day-to-day developer toolset, he said. Microsoft will continue to respond to WSL bugs and issues.

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Amazon is solving our cable management problems...

For $6.09, you can pick up 100 Velcro ties today and get those cables organized.

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Pentagon officials can view classified material on...

The Department of Defense (DOD) is testing out the use of tablets for viewing classified documents and videos. In a statement, the Defense Information Systems Agency said that the year-long pilot program would provide senior DOD leaders with 8-inch t...

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Vizio adds the streaming apps its new TVs were...

One of the more unique features of Vizio's smart TV lineup is that some models use an Android tablet to cast streaming services to the displays. That's rather than having apps baked directly into the TVs themselves. It sounds fine on paper, but if th...

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Lofree Poison M Wireless Speaker features retro...

Lofree Poison M speaker. Photo ©2017, Steven Sande

We see so many wireless speakers here at Apple World Today that it takes something special to turn our heads. Fortunately, we were given the chance to review a wireless speaker that not only has very cool vintage styling, but some features not found on other speakers. The Lofree Poison M (about US$70) began a Kickstarter campaign this morning and it surpassed its funding goal in minutes. Here’s our detailed review of the Lofree Poison M.


The design is the big thing with the Poison M. It rocks a chrome grille on the front, and comes in four colors: Venetian Red, Pure White, Olive Green, and my personal favorite, Turquoise Blue. I grew up in an era when turquoise appliances were the big thing, so I just HAD to try one out in turquoise.

The FM tuner, with white LED...

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Glittery iPhone cases recalled after reports of...

Smartphone cases are normally as harmless as can be, but that sadly isn't always true. MixBin has recalled 263,000 iPhone cases after 24 reports of skin irritation and chemical burns when the cases broke, leaking glitter and liquid everywhere. And...

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Lyft to match riders' Apple Pay charity...

Ridesharing service Lyft has announced that throughtout August, it will match donations made by riders using Apple Pay as a part of its "Round Up and Donate" program.

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Three new 'Persona' spin-offs are coming,...

Atlus has just announced a trio of new Persona spin-offs. Following on from the 2015 PS Vita rhythm game Persona 4: Dancing All Night are a pair of new Dancing titles based on Persona 3 and Persona 5. A pair of trailers show Aigis and co. bopping to...

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Apple TV now works with Plex’s Live TV offering

Plex — the all-in-one, network agnostic media sharing server —announced the addition of several platforms to their Live TV offering, including Apple TV. 

To use Live TV, Apple TV owners must have a Plex Pass subscription and a compatible digital antenna and tuner connected to a Plex Media Server. The feature supports non-encrypted broadcasts in over 70 countries, and includes a program guide with artwork, episode details, and search functions.

Plex Pass gives you exclusive access to new features and apps. You can record TV for free over the air, sync your media for offline enjoyment, rest easy with parental controls, and enjoy enhanced music, photo and video features.

Pricing is $4.99 per month, $39.99 per year or $119.99 for a lifetime subscription.

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Lyft is matching Apple Pay donations from riders to...

Lyft recently launched a charitable program called Round Up & Donate, and all through August the ride sharing service will be matching donations made with Apple Pay.


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9to5Toys Lunch Break: 9.7-inch iPad $279, Anker...

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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Wall Street expects Apple's 'iPhone 8...

Apple's forecast for its next fiscal quarter was particularly strong, leading market watchers to believe that, in addition to the next-gen "iPhone 7s," the much anticipated "iPhone 8" could be on sale at the tail end of the September quarter in limited quantities, or at the very least in early October.

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Instagram users are spending more time in the app...

It’s been a whole year since Instagram rolled out its Snapchat-cloned Stories feature that lets users share ephemeral photos and videos on the service, and today Instagram has shared new data on Stories changing user engagement.

Earlier this summer Instagram shared that its Stories feature has 250 million users. Now Instagram says Stories has also helped increase the amount of time users spend in the app.


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Apple Pay expanding to four new countries by the end...

One of the throwaway comments from yesterday afternoon's Apple earnings call (link to recording) was actually big news: Apple Pay will expand to Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates by year's end, meaning that the service will be available in 20 countries.

Apple CFO Luca Maestri made the comment during the conference call but didn't offer rollout dates for Apple Pay availability. However, he did note that all of the countries should have the payments service up and running by the end of the calendar year.

Back in February, Apple watchers believed that a rollout of Apple Pay in Germany was a done deal, as support documents included a full translation of the "About Apple Pay" info in German and German-language how-to graphics. However, reports from various sources claim that German banks aren't excited about paying Apple transaction fees and are pushing back on the service. ...

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Review: Vinpok Bolt-S cable returns MagSafe-like...

MagSafe was removed from the 2016 MacBook Pro, and its not likely coming back. Does the Vinpok Bolt-S cable fill the gap, or is the attraction of the old technology best left in the past?

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Google Earth iOS app updated to 64-bit, adds new...

iOS 11 will drop support for 32-bit apps, and one app that had a lot of users concerned was Google Earth for iOS. The free app was sadly showing up as 32-bit, as it hadn't been updated in quite a while. Today, Google finally updated the app with 64-bit compatibility and added a bunch of new features at the same time. 

To begin with, Google Earth now has a stylish new app icon, that big blue marble you see at right. Google reports that:

Google Earth 9 is a major upgrade with brand new features.

  • Choose your own adventure with Voyager. Experience interactive stories from around the world.
  • Discover new places with Knowledge Cards. Flip through cards and learn about local landmarks.
  • Orbit the world in 3D. Use the new 3D button or tilt the map with two fingers.
  • Snap and share a Postcard. Capture snapshots of locations and share...
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Microsoft website reveals Touch Cover keyboard for...

A reference to an iPad keyboard accessory from Apple rival Microsoft was discovered on the Windows maker's website, suggesting the company may have a new wireless accessory in the works for the market's top tablet.

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The pleasantly alarming sounds of the Apple HomePod

If it weren't for developers, bloggers wouldn't have a lot to write about. Not only do we now have a really good idea that the iPhone 8 will have a bezel-less screen with a "notch" at the top for sensors, but we know what some of the alarm tones are going to sound like on the upcoming HomePod. 

Developer Avery Magnotti published notes on how to go through the HomePod's firmware based on the "accidental" prerelease build of audioOS (the operating system for the HomePod) that was recently leaked through Apple's public update servers. Based on that, Magnotti made a "video" (there's nothing to look at but a black screen) featuring a number of the beeps and tones that you'll hear out of the HomePod as it notifies you of various things:

So there you go! Enjoy the beeps of the day!

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Plex brings Live TV features to fourth-generation...

Two recent features of Plex's media streaming app -- Live TV and DVR -- have emerged from beta, with the former appearing on the Apple TV for the first time.

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Lowest Price Ever: 9.7" iPad for $279 ($50 off...

With limited allotment available at the reduced price, Adorama has Apple's 9.7-inch iPad in Space Gray for $279, a discount of $50 off MSRP. What's more, shipping is free, and Adorama will not collect sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ. This deal is expected to sell out.

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Accessory producer MixBin recalls glitter-filled...

Accessory manufacturer MixBin Electronics has issued a recall for iPhone cases it has produced for a number of well-known brands, including Victoria's Secret, following reports of the glitter and liquid-filled cases causing chemical burns and skin irritation to consumers in the United States.

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It’s not just AAPL stock that’s up – its suppliers...

Apple’s decent Q3 results and – especially – its Q4 guidance have seen its stock climb to an all-time high as of this morning’s opening. It opened at $159.68, more than 6% up on yesterday’s close as the company predicted strong sales in Q4 …


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∞ iOS adoption rates updated, one big blue pie wedge...

Click through to the main Loop post for the latest iOS and Android numbers. It’s tough when you don’t control all the hardware.

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Apple's MacBook Pro, iMac sales beat all...

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook this week took a swipe at Mac sales estimates, as true sales figures came in higher than predicted by Gartner, pushing Apple to a third consecutive quarter of growth in both volume and earnings.

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Joining Apple, Amazon's China Cloud Service...

Days after Apple yanked anti-censorship tools off its app store in China, another major American technology company is moving to implement the country's tough restrictions on online content. From a report: A Chinese company that operates Amazon's cloud-computing and online services business there said on Tuesday that it told local customers to cease using any software that would allow Chinese to circumvent the country's extensive system of internet blocks (Editor's note: the link could be paywalled; alternative source). The company, called Beijing Sinnet Technology and operator of the American company's Amazon Web Services operations in China, sent one round of emails to customers on Friday and another on Monday. "If users don't comply with the guidance, the offered services and their websites can be shut down," said a woman surnamed Wang who answered a Sinnet service hotline. "We the operators also check routinely if any of our users use these softwares or store illegal content."...

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Facebook developing separate video chat and...

Facebook is reportedly working on not one but two smartspeaker-style devices, and building its own Siri-like voice assistant with the help of former Apple employees.

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The Skype iOS app now allows you to send money...

Messaging apps these days aren’t just for sending friendly greetings – increasingly, you can also use them to send cold, hard cash. Or the electronic equivalent, at least.

Skype is the latest to join the trend of supporting peer-to-peer payments through a PayPal integration in the latest update to its iOS and Android apps …


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MixBin Electronics recalls iPhone cases due to risks...

MixBin Electronics has recalled all liquid glitter mobile phone cases for iPhone 6, 6s and 7 due to risks of skin irritation and burns. 

The cases contain liquid and glitter that are floating in the plastic case. They were sold in various styles and colors and measure about 5.5 inches by 2.75 inches. The model number and UPC can be found on the product's packaging. To view model numbers, UPC codes and photos, click here.

There have been 24 reports worldwide of skin irritation or chemical burns, including 19 in the U.S. One consumer reported permanent scarring from a chemical burn and another consumer reported chemical burns and swelling to her leg, face, neck, chest, upper body and hands. 

The MixBin liquid glitter cases were sold at Amazon, Henri Bendel, MixBin, Nordstrom Rack, Tory Burch and Victoria's Secret stores nationwide and online from October 2015...

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AAPL stock opens up 6% at new all-time high...

Apple surprised most investors yesterday with strong sales in the last quarter (fiscal Q3) and better-than-expected guidance for the next three months, signalling the company’s confidence in the upcoming iPhone cycle.

AAPL stock opened up more than 6% at $159, a new all-time high, with a market cap above 830 billion dollars …


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RED RAVEN Camera Kit available exclusively from Apple

RED Digital Cinema says its RED RAVEN Camera Kit is now available exclusively through and available to demo at select Apple Retail Stores. This complete handheld camera package features an assortment of components from some of the industry’s top brands.

However, it will put a dent in your bank account. The RED RAVEN Camera Kit is available for $14,999.95.

The RAVEN 4.5K is RED’s most compact camera BRAIN, weighing in at 3.5 pounds. The RAVEN is equipped with a 4.5K RED DRAGON sensor, and is capable of recording REDCODE RAW (R3D) in 4.5K at up to 120 fps and in 2K at up to 240 fps. 

The RED RAVEN Camera Kit also includes Final Cut Pro X which features native support for REDCODE RAW video...

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Motherboard: Unpatchable hack that turns Amazon Echo...

Louise Matsakis, Motherboard:

The Amazon Echo can be turned into a spying tool by exploiting a physical security vulnerability, according to Mark Barnes, a researcher at cybersecurity firm MWR InfoSecurity. His research shows how it’s possible to hack the 2015 and 2016 models of the smart speaker to listen in on users without any indication that they’ve been compromised.

The issue is unfixable via a software update, meaning millions of Echos sold in 2015 and 2016 will likely have this vulnerability through the end of their use.

Barnes executed the attack by removing the bottom of the smart speaker and exposing 18 “debug” pads, which he used to boot directly into the firmware with an external SD card. Once the hack is complete, the rubber base can be reattached, leaving behind no evidence of tampering.

With the malware installed, Barnes could remotely monitor the Echo’s “always listening” microphone, which is constantly paying attention for a “wake word...

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iOS 11, nav bar design changes, and the upcoming...

Fantastic speculation from Allen Pike.

The nav bar is the strip at the top of the display that allows you to navigate between views. It features buttons like “+”, “Edit”, “Done”, “< Back”, etc.

iOS 11 has changed the design of the nav bar, moving the title from the center of the nav bar to its own line, left justified, and to a much larger, bolded font size.

Allen posits that this change was made to accommodate the disappearance of a physical home button and the corresponding shrinking of the bezel, the growth of the screen to just about the bottom of the phone.

In Allen’s view, the nav bar will move to the bottom of the screen, on either side of the virtual home button.

I think he’s on to something. Read the post, look at the pictures to get your own sense of this.


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By targeting the mid-market, Apple has struck gold...

iPad sales have been declining for so long now that it was almost a jolt to finally see some good news for the tablet in Apple’s numbers. In the past quarter, iPad sales were not only up, but by a substantial margin: up 15% year-on-year. The stock market sent Apple shares soaring to new highs based at least partly on the news.

Apple's popular 9.7-inch iPad Wi-Fi 32GB gets a $50 discount to $279 (Tax NY/NJ only)

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iPhone shipments return to growth

Samsung continued to lead the worldwide smartphone market in the second quarter (Q2) of 2017 with shipments of over 79 million units, leaving growth relatively flat, according to Canalys. Apple held on to second place by shipping 41 million iPhones, increasing its annual shipments volume by 2%, despite anticipation building for a significant product refresh later in the year, notes the research group.

Worldwide shipments of 38 million units, growth of 20% for Huawei, helped it close the gap with the leading pair and get within three million units of taking the second place from Apple. Oppo and Xiaomi were the top performers in fourth and fifth spot, growing shipments 44% and 52% respectively. Over 340 million smartphones shipped in Q2 2017, an increase of almost 4% year on year. 

“The smartphone market continued to grow in Q2, despite India and China both slipping into decline,” says Canalys Research Analyst Vincent...

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Plex brings Live TV and DVR support to Apple TV out...

Earlier this summer Plex announced its new Live TV feature that works with its DVR function to turn the app into a traditional TV replacement. After initially rolling out in beta, Plex has announced new updates to Live TV and DVR including the feature exiting beta on Apple TV…


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Are App Sizes Out of Control?

In a blog post, Trevor Elkins points out the large sizes of common apps like LinkedIn and Facebook. "I went to update all my apps the other day when something caught my eye... since when does LinkedIn take up 275MB of space?!" Elkins wrote. "In fact, the six apps in this picture average roughly 230MB in size, 1387MB in total. That would take an 8Mbit internet connection 24 minutes to download, and I'd still be left with 27 additional apps to update! More and more companies are adopting shorter release cycles (two weeks or so) and it's becoming unsustainable as a consumer to update frequently." Should Apple do something to solve this "systematic" problem? Elkins writes, "how does an app that occasionally sends me a connection request and recruiter spam take up 275MB?" Further discussion via Hacker News.


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Deal of the Day: Rob Percival's "Complete...

When it comes to online programming courses for iOS, Swift and Xcode, there's no better trainer than Rob Percival. Rob has taught tens of thousands of developers how to not only get started in converting their app dreams to reality, but to actually selling those apps in the App Store and marketing them online. Rob's "Complete iOS 11 & Swift Developer Course" usually sells for $200, but for a very limited time we've got a deal -- get all 249 lessons for just $10.

That's right -- for ten bucks and an investment of your time, you can learn how to create salable apps using Xcode 9 and Swift 4. You'll learn by doing -- creating 20 apps that make full use of the many features of iOS...

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The HomePod’s alarm sounds

Avery Magnotti:

If you haven’t already heard, Apple accidentally published a prerelease build of audioOS through their public update servers. Whether or not this leak was “intentional” is up for debate, but I personally believe it to be a mistake.

Regardless, Avery dug in and pulled out a series of HomePod alarm sounds. If you are interested in the process (requires some Terminal/basic Unix skills), read Avery’s blog post.

For your listening pleasure, a YouTube video of the sounds is embedded in the main Loop post.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Analysts: Fears about ‘iPhone 8’ delay fade; Apple...

Seeking Alpha notes that fears about a delay in the new iPhone have faded after upbeat management commentary, says RBC analyst Amit Daryanani, putting Apple on track to be the first $1 trillion company. 

He adds that Apple’s “impressive guidance” suggests the release could come at the end of September. Daryanani keeps his outlook on the company’s stock at “Outperform” and raises the price target to $176 from $168.

JPMorgan's Rod Hall says the better iPhone outlook is likely thanks to two new LCD model 7s he expects will be shipping in September. The stock, he says, is now rebounding to "pre-delay" levels. He has lifted his Apple stock price target from $165 to $176.

Meanwhile, Piper Jaffray's Michael Olsen seems to concur. He’s boosted his price target to $190 from $158.

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Why you can’t find your original Photos files

Glenn Fleishman, Macworld:

Photos, like iTunes and iMovie, doesn’t have a great way for you to access the media and other items that it manages, but there are some workarounds.

Apple gradually changed its app design to rely on library “files,” which are a special kind of folder, called a package. To the Finder, and for the purposes of copying and moving items, the library is a single folder. Inside, it contains all the sausage-making ingredients used by the apps, including original media files, modified ones (in the cases of Photos), project components, and one or more databases that track what’s inside the library.

Packages have been around forever. As Glenn says, this is a change in the way iPhoto and Photos stored their media.

Part of this is due to the nature of that media. Used to be, all photos produced a single jpeg. Over time, things got complicated, with live photos, bursts, undoable image editing, etc. Hard to not wrap that sausage making in a...

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Feral porting BioShock Remastered to macOS to...

Mac game porting house Feral is releasing BioShock Remastered for macOS, with the new title bringing 1080p graphics to the heralded decade-old title.

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Apple’s financial results: The Charts

As he does, Jason Snell pulled together a host of charts laying out Apple’s financial results six ways from Sunday. Lots to process here.

My favorite is the very last chart, Apple revenue by product category. Some things I see:

  • Look at the difference between iPhone and the rest of the revenue categories. Great visual snapshot showing the incredible importance of the iPhone to Apple.
  • Look how tightly clustered the iPad, Mac, and Services are. They all depend on iPhone as an anchor, but all make critical contributions to the ecosystem and bottom line. Good to see the relative contribution of the Mac there.
  • Interesting how the labels were done. Each label was placed on an outlying part of its labeled line. Works well. Wondering if this was Jason’s handwork, or a smart chart app. Either way, nice detail.

Great work, Jason. Thanks.


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Google Earth app update adds 64-bit support in time...

The Google Earth app is incredibly popular on iOS, with hundreds of thousands of reviews on the App Store, and the company has finally updated it to support 64-bit iPhone and iPad CPUs. This means the app can now run on iOS 11, which does not launch any 32-bit-only apps.

As well as much-needed architectural compatibility, the update brings a redesign and several new flagship features, including Flyover-esque 3D views of major cities and ‘Voyager’ guided tours.


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Apple posts $45.4 billion in revenue, $8.7 billion...

Apple’s financial returns are in for the third quarter of 2017, the company boasting an $8.7 billon profit and $45.4 billion in revenue on strong iPhone, iPad and Mac sales.

The company offered the following highlights in its conference call with analysts:

Apple has surpassed 1.2 billion cumulative iPhones sold, and the iPhone 7 series continues to be a strong performer.

iPad grew for the first time in 4 years, and U.S. education market sales of iPad were up more than 30 percent.

Sales of Apple Watch were up over 50 percent in June quarter. Apple says it’s the No. 1 selling smartwatch in the world.

Apple ended the quarter with $261.5 billion in cash, 94 percent of it held overseas.

Company representatives also stated that the iPhone 7 is outperforming the iPhons 6s from a year ago, its markets in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East grew sales by more than 25 percent, despite the fact that iPhone SE launched in the June quarter last...

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Google Chrome 60 offers Touch Bar support, other...

Google Chrome is up to version 60, is available for Windows, Linux, and Mac and for you MacBook Pro fans, now sports full Touch Bar support for the most recent MacBooks. Chrome 60 now allows Touch Bar users to customize Chrome shortcuts by adding, removing, or rearranging buttons as they please.

Users can update this setting in Chrome 60 by heading to View > Customize Touch Bar from the Menu bar. You can then combine laptop controls, such as brightness and volume settings, with the Chrome shortcuts and stack them as you feel comfortable.

You can also choose to disable typing suggestions if you don’t want Chrome to autocomplete keywords. In addition to Touch Bar support, Chrome 60 contains other non consumer-facing additions such as Payment Request and Credential Management APIs to help developers create apps that speed up commonly used payment checkout and login processes.

If you’ve tried Chrome 60 and its new Touch Bar features and have any feedback to...

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Dual-Lens Camera Revealed in Leaked Note8 Images

Photos posted to Twitter show the next Samsung Note phone will have a dual lens camera. Reporter Evan Blass posted a photo of the front of a black Note8 to Twitter on Monday. On Tuesday, he added front and back images of gold and black versions of the phone, as well as a stylus device called the "S Pen." The latest photos show a dual lens camera at the back of the phone. The mobile's front has an edge-to-edge display across the width of the device and thin bezels at its top and bottom. The photos represent early renderings of the phones.

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Comment: Apple’s guidance suggests iPhone 8 will go...

I wrote yesterday that Apple’s Q4 guidance would give a big clue about iPhone 8 timing, but that it might not be easy to decode.

I said that one of the three possible scenarios would give the clearest steer: a guidance range significantly higher than normal for a ‘tock’ year. In that event, it would send a clear message that the iPhone 8 will go on sale in September, with at least enough availability to show up in the financials.

And that’s where I think we’re at, even if the numbers are not high enough to absolutely guarantee it …


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Satechi’s R1 Aluminum Foldable Stand gets even...

Satechi has updated its R1 Aluminum Foldable Stand. It now sports the hinge power to hold to MacBooks from 2016 and 2017. The total weight can now hold up to 35 pounds. Cool!

Compatible with laptops, tablets, smartphones, and other mobile devices, the stand lets you position your devices in various positions for watching videos, gaming, video chatting or working on a tablet with a keyboard. The Satechi R1 Aluminum Foldable Stand is available now in space gray, silver, gold or rose gold for $39.99 at and

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How to customize and customize items in macOS Sierra...

There are four ways to view items in a Finder window in macOS Sierra: as icons, as a list, in columns, or in Cover Flow view. To choose a view, use the View buttons at the top of the Finder window. In the four views, there are additional ways to customize how your items are displayed.

For example, you can sort items, arrange icons, and resize columns. Your settings for sorting and arranging items in a folder apply until you change them. If you sort your Documents folder by Date Added, the next time you view your Documents folder, it’s sorted by Date Added.

To sort items, in any view, choose View > Show View Options, click the Sort By pop-up menu, then choose the sort order, such as Date Modified or Name. In List view and Cover Flow, move the pointer over the column name you want to sort by, then click it. Click the column name again to reverse the sort order.

To arrange items in any view, click the Item Arrangement button , then choose an option, such as Date...

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7 highlights of Tim Cook’s Q3 2017 financial call...

Every 90 days there’s a new Apple financial quarter, a new raft of federally-mandated financial disclosures, and another hour-long conference call that lets us hear Apple CEO Tim Cook (and CFO Luca Maestri) take questions from inquisitive Wall Street analysts.

On Tuesday, Apple announced its quarterly earnings and followed it up with that exciting phone call. (If you’d like to read a complete transcript, I made one.) Here are seven highlights that I gleaned from Apple’s quarterly exercise in extremely limited disclosure.

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