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Wednesday February 7

∞ HomePod reviews of note. And one not so much.

Yesterday saw a river of HomePod reviews. Here are a few that struck me, each with its own unique spin. […]

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Proposed Federation Square Apple store criticized as...

An Apple Store proposed for Federation Square has been labelled a "Pizza Hut pagoda" as the Melbourne (Australia) City Council voted to pressure for a redesign.

At a meeting this week, the city council was told that the proposal has “overwhelmingly been rejected by the community,” with the council receiving about 800 submissions rejecting the design, reports ABC News. Councillors unanimously backed a motion by Greens Councillor Rohan Leppert to lobby the government for a new design for the store and public consultation. However, the council doesn’t have the power to actually block the development from going ahead, according to ABC News.

An artist's impression of a planned new Apple concept store at Melbourne's Federation Square. — Courtesy of the Victorian Government

Apple has three existing...

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Goldman Sachs in talks with Apple to finance iPhone...

Goldman Sachs is reportedly in talks with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) to finance iPhone purchases. According to Seeking Alphabuyers would theoretically borrow from Goldman at a cheaper interest rate than the typical credit card might charge. The bank's Marcus platform on average charges 12%.

Consumers borrowed more than $200 billion last year in point-of-sale loans, according to one consulting firm, with about $80B going toward big-ticket items. Goldman would like a piece of that, and a partnership with Apple “would be quite the coup,” says Seeking Alpha.

The Goldman Sachs Group is an American multinational finance company that engages in global investment banking, investment management, securities, and other financial services, including asset management, mergers and...

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Apple to begin accepting Alipay at its China retail...

Apple will begin accepting Alipay, a third-party mobile and online payment platform, at its local Chinese stores. The tech giant will accept Alipay payment across its 41 brick-and-mortar retail stores in China.

While Apple's China website, iTunes store and App Store have been accepting Alipay for more than a year, the new deal will make it the first third-party mobile payment system to be accepted at any physical Apple store worldwide. Alipay, which is managed by Alibaba affiliate firm Ant Financial, counts over 500 million users. Ant Financial said in a statement on Wednesday. Apple’s own payment system has had a lukewarm reception in China.

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Apple wants to make it easier to afford pricey...

Apple and Goldman Sachs are in conversations, which if fruitful, could result in alternate financing options for Apple buyers across the board in the future.

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As HomePod launches, Spotify cuts off support for...

Chris Welch, The Verge:

Spotify is removing itself from a number of home audio speakers and receivers from the likes of Onkyo, Denon, Marantz, Bang & Olufsen, Pioneer, and Yamaha. Some devices are losing Spotify integration completely, while others will require firmware updates if users want to continue receiving built-in access to their music. The products in question were once all able to independently play Spotify over the internet — no smartphone required.


[Spotify] announced this change was coming months and months ago. But at that time, things were still working as normal for users who would ultimately be impacted by the move. Over the last few weeks, the cutoff has actually occurred, and Spotify is getting a slew of complaints in its support forums about the lost functionality.

Curious timing. Is this strategy shift by Spotify related to Friday’s HomePod release? I can’t quite connect the dots, but hard to believe this is unrelated to...

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Apple’s emoji crackdown

Jeremy Burge, Emojipedia:

WhatsApp used Apple emojis on Android for years, and only recently created its own emoji set for use on Android and the web. Slack, too, offered Apple emojis on all platforms until today.

Whether these changes were due to pressure from Apple, or a growing realisation that this might not be the right way to go about cross-platform use, we don’t know for sure.

Other apps such as Signal and Telegram continue to use Apple emojis on Android.

That’s Android. How about using Apple emoji in your iOS app?

Last week app developer Sam Eckert reported that an update to his iOS app BitTracker was rejected by Apple due to lack of compliance with its guidelines for trademarks and copyrights.

Specifically, emoji use in BitTracker was called out as being problematic in both the iPhone app, and a small Chart Decreasing emoji used in the watchOS app was also an issue.

Jeremy goes on to show more examples of app rejection, and...

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You’ll be able to watch ‘live segments of key winter...

Snapchat has announced that users will be able to watch ‘live segments of key moments’ of the winter Olympics in South Korea from Saturday.

The firm says that it is aiming to complement rather than compete with TV coverage …


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∞ Android Nougat, which first shipped in August 2016...

Up until this week, the most used version of Android was Marshmallow, which shipped in October of 2015. That has now changed.

As you can see in this official Android pie chart, Android Nougat (which shipped in August 2016) has just squeaked by, with an adoption rate of 28.5% (as opposed to Marshmallow’s 28.1%).

Here’s the current (as of January 18th) iOS adoption picture:

iOS 11, which shipped this past September, is used on 65% of devices. Fragmentation is still a big issue for Android. If nothing else, those old versions of Android carry the malware susceptibilities that, presumably, have been patched in the most recent version of Android, called Oreo.

The capper? Oreo was released one month before iOS 11 and has an adoption rate of about 1%.

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Apple invention is for an in-vehicle wireless...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9885501) for an in-vehicle wireless communication system that involves CarPlay and an iOS device.

Compatible with the iPhone 5 and later models, CarPlay provides a simplified way to use your iPhone interface on a car’s touch screen, giving users access to Siri voice controls, as well as Apple Maps, Apple Music, Phone, Messages, and a variety of third party apps.

Apple’s patent enables a user device such as an iPhone or iPad to establish a secure, high-bandwidth wireless connection with a vehicle accessory system (CarPlay) to enable the user device to wirelessly stream user interface (UI) information to the vehicle accessory system. To implement this technique, a lower-bandwidth wireless technology (e.g., Bluetooth) is used as an initial means for establishing a Wi-Fi pairing between the user device and the vehicle accessory system. 

Wi-Fi parameters associated with a Wi-Fi network provided by the vehicle accessory system...

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Apple Pay takes further backseat in China as company...

Apple has had to work hard to promote Apple Pay in China due to the popularity of existing, local mobile wallet apps like WeChat Pat and Alipay.

The company had already bowed to the inevitable in allowing local apps to be used for online payments, but is now set to go even further …


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BBEdit 12.1 is major new release, built as 64-bit...

Simply put, if you use BBEdit (I use it all the time, so check it out if you don’t already own it), you should upgrade to 12.1.

Here’s a link to the BBEdit 12.1 release notes, so you can see what’s new.

It still doesn’t suck.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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FotoJet is a handy (and free!) web app for creating...

FotoJet is a useful, free web app that lets you quickly create good-looking photo cards, collages and social media arts without any downloading or installing. And free is always good.

The app includes more than 560 designs. Pick one and you've started your project. Click the Collage category to show all the collage templates divided into six styles: Modern, Classic, Art, Holiday, 3D and Creative.

Click the Photo Card category to show all the photo card templates for Anniversary, Baby, Birthday, Father’s Day, Graduation, Thank You, Travel and Wedding. Or click the Social Media category to show the templates for Facebook Cover and Facebook Post.

You can browse all the templates and choose your favorite one by double clicking or by clicking the Choose button.

Next, you can add your own photos from your Mac or from Facebook directly. Click Auto Fill to automatically fill your photos into the template. Or...

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Apple customers could get cheaper financing through...

Apple is reportedly in talks with investment bank Goldman Sachs to offer new financing to consumers buying iPhones, watches and other devices. For some customers, this could offer them a better deal than they can get today.

Few details are revealed, so it’s not known whether this would supplement or replace either of Apple’s existing financing schemes, which offer interest rates ranging from 0% to 28.24% …


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How to use Siri to get directions on your iPhone,...

It’s easy to use Siri, Apple’s “personal digital assistant,” on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch to get directions. Here’s how on your iOS device:

  • Hold down the Home button to activate Siri (or say “Hey, Siri” if your iOS device supports this feature).
  • Tell Siri the place you want directions to. For example. “Where is Barnes & Noble?”
  • Siri will show you the location on a map. If there are multiple locations, you can tap the one you want.
  • The location will be shown to you on a map.
  • Siri will then present you with directions from your current location to your destination.
  • Tap Start and you’re good to go.

Here’s how on the Apple Watch:

  • Open the Maps app by pressing the Digital Crown to access the home screen, and then tapping on the Maps icon. 
  • To search for a new location, tap Search (to look for a specific named location) or Nearby (to browse categories of nearby locations, such as...
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Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 7, 2018

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

BBC Worldwide and games publisher and developer Kalypso Media, have collaborated to produce The Official BBC Earth Quiz. It’s a “natural history-themed mobile quiz game” that features content from the hit series Blue Planet II, as well as other award-winning BBC natural history documentaries. The Official BBC Earth Quiz is free, but does tout in-app purchases.

Tekton Technologies has announced Swift Miles - Mileage Tracker. It’s a business expense tracker for business users and employees to claim deductions that provides automatic trip detection,...

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iOS 11.3 beta 2 released, sports battery monitoring/...

iOS 11.3 has entered its second developer beta and it appears that the new version of the operating system will add battery health information and management feature to iOS 11.3 in response to customer complaints about the way the company fixed an issue where iPhones with degrading batteries were experiencing unexpected device crashes. The crashes were caused by the processor trying to draw more power than the battery could provide, so Apple spread those intensive tasks over multiple processor cycles. The end result was slower iPhones, which many people interpreted as Apple intentionally hobbling performance to force new phone purchases.

To see the new battery information in iOS 11.3 go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health. This is where you’ll see your iPhone battery’s maximum capacity (100% when your battery is new). As your battery ages and loses the ability to hold the same charge it did when new you’ll see the percentage drop. That’s showing how much your...

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Apple may be considering full rebates for full-...

Apple may be looking to offer rebates to customers who purchased a full-cost replacement iPhone battery only to get around throttled performance.

One of the questions submitted in January by Senator John Thune, chairman of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, was whether Apple was exploring the possibility of rebates. Apple’s response was released on Tuesday.

“Yes, we are exploring this and will update you accordingly,” stated Cynthia Hogan, Apple’s VP for public policy in the Americas.

As of now, the current policy for AppleCare iPhone support is for Apple to offer a $29 replacement battery, complete with repair, for any battery installed since December 1st. This price is only available for customers who specifically request the replacement battery for qualifying iPhone models.

In late December Apple relented to public pressure after its admission that it was slowing down iPhones with weak batteries. The company has reduced out-of-warranty battery...

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HP's EliteBooks pack mics on both sides for...

Laptop updates are no longer confined to boring iterative improvements year after year. We're starting to see useful new features being introduced to PCs, even if they aren't the most groundbreaking ideas. Case in point: HP's new business notebooks w...

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Tuesday February 6

Apple retail stores to accept Alipay mobile payments...

In a move seemingly designed to increase sales and local sentiment, Apple will soon accept payments from popular Chinese service Alipay at its 41 brick-and-mortar stores in the country, the first third-party system in the world to enjoy support from Apple's retail arm.

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Apple's proposed Australian flagship store...

Apple is facing a rare adverse reaction to the design of a proposed global flagship store in Australia, with the Melbourne City Council on Tuesday voting to lobby the government and Apple for a new aesthetic.

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I’ve been testing Apple’s new HomePod for the last week or so, and this is the first product review I’ve written that could be accurately summarized in the length of a tweet, and an old-school 140-character tweet at that: HomePod does exactly what Apple says it does, doesn’t do anything more than what Apple says it does, and costs $349. There.

To wit, Apple says HomePod:

  • Has great audio quality.
  • Is easy to set up.
  • Makes it easy to play audio content from Apple (Apple Music, iTunes Store, iCloud Music Library, podcasts from iTunes’s directory).
  • Has primary interaction via Siri. You just talk to HomePod.
  • Allows secondary interaction using HomePod as an AirPlay speaker.

All of this is true.

Apple’s product names are sometimes inscrutable, but other times are perfectly sensible. AirPods and HomePod are such a case. The two products are very much siblings:...

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Back to the Mac 002: The apps that power my macOS...

In this week’s episode of Back to the Mac, I talk about ten of my favorite apps for macOS. It doesn’t matter if you’re using an iMac Pro or a MacBook Air, all of these apps may prove to be useful in your day-to-day workflow. more…

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What Apple's Battery Health 'Fix'...

Apple has released new battery health features in iOS 11.3 beta 2, which was seeded to developers today. BGR reports what those battery health functions look like, and how to disable power management if you're using an older iPhone: The feature is contained within a new "Battery Health" menu, which is under the "Battery" tab on iOS 11.3. The page only really has two fields: Maximum Capacity, which shows what percentage of the original charge your battery can still hold; and Peak Performance Capacity, which tells you if your phone's performance is being throttled due to the battery. Right now, there are no options to change anything within the menu. Maximum Capacity should be at 100% for newer phones, and it should fall down to around 80% over the course of about two years of normal use. A Redditor on the iOSBeta forum uploaded a photo of his iPhone 7, which is sitting at 87% capacity. That device still shows peak performance.

On older devices with a worse battery, the phone...

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ESPN to launch $4.99/month streaming service this...

Disney CEO Bob Iger on Tuesday officially announced plans to debut a long-rumored ESPN streaming service, saying the sports-centric offering will launch this spring as part of a redesigned ESPN app.

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Apple: iPhone 8 & iPhone X include ‘hardware...

Earlier today, Apple issued a response to inquisitions from Senator John Thune regarding its iPhone battery debacle. Apple explained in the response that it is “considering” offering rebates to those customers who paid full price for battery replacements.

The letter, shared in full by Business Insider, also offers some additional details on whether or not iPhone 8 iPhone X users could soon be plagued by the same throttling…


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Apple Homepod Review: Locked In

On Tuesday, the review embargo lifted for full reviews of Apple's new HomePod smart speaker. The Verge's Niley Patel shared his thoughts on Apple's new HomePod in video and written form. Patel found that while it offers best-in-class sound for the price, Siri is frustratingly limited and the voice controls only work with Apple Music. Furthermore, Siri can't tell different voices apart, therefore raising some privacy concerns as anyone can come up to the speaker and ask Siri to send and read text messages and other private information aloud. Here's an excerpt from the report: The HomePod, whether Apple likes it or not, is the company's answer to the wildly popular Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers. Apple is very insistent that the $349 HomePod has been in development for the past six years and that it's entirely focused on sound quality, but it's entering a market where Amazon is advertising Alexa as a lovable and well-known character during the Super Bowl instead of...

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Lowest Price Anywhere: $100 off plus free $10 gift...

Readers this week can preorder CalDigit's brand-new TS3 Plus 15-port Thunderbolt 3 Dock with a 1 meter cable for $269 ($100 off) with a free $10 B&H gift card. This exclusive bonus is in addition to free expedited shipping and no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

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Apple Daily Report for Feb. 6, 2018

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, deals with a death in the family. Prayers go out to the entire Sande family. In the place of the AWT News Update, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

Yikes! Apple has apparently sent several developers report emails for Search Ads Basics that belong to other developers, according to MacRumors

Apple is pulling back on buying corporate bonds with its overseas cash as it prepares to bring the money home to the U.S., reports Bloomberg, quoting unnamed “people with knowledge of the matter.”

An app for Abbott's FreeStyle Libre glucose reader is said to be...

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022: HomePod reviews, iOS 11.3 beta 2, iPhone...

Today we’ve got HomePod reviews, changes in iOS 11.3 beta 2, the new Battery Health feature for iPhone, and more.

9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.


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Best Buy is selling an 8TB external hard drive for $...

When you need external storage for your PC, you might as well go big: Best Buy has dropped the price of WD's 8TB easystore drive to $160.

The last time we saw this deal was early January, and as we acknowledged last time, this drive was cheaper in November during the Black Friday madness. However, this is still a good price. A similar drive sells for $20 more on Amazon right now.

WD's easystore drive features a promised data transfer rate of 5Gbps over USB 3.0, and comes with WD Backup software if you need help figuring out how to backup your PC's files. Otherwise you can use your favorite backup utility such as Windows 10's File History. This drive also has a two-year warranty.


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‘ESPN Plus’ streaming service launching this spring...

In conjunction with the company’s earnings release today, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced that ESPN’s upcoming streaming service will cost $4.99 per month. The service is the first direct-to-consumer offering from ESPN and was originally teased last year


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Uber reinstates Maps extensions, Siri integration in...

Uber in an update to its iOS app on Tuesday re-enabled Maps and Siri integrations that were inexplicably removed in January, suggesting the apparent error originated with the ride sharing app and not Apple's operating system.

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EU to scrutinize Apple's Shazam takeover on...

The European Commission on Tuesday said it will look into whether Apple's proposed Shazam acquisition meets competition standards, following a request by several EU countries.

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Apple makes available second macOS High Sierra 10.13...

Three hours after the release of the second iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3 betas, Apple has deployed the second macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 beta.

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Apple releases macOS 10.13.4 beta 2 for developers

Apple has released macOS 10.13.4 beta 2 for registered developers to test on compatible Macs. We’ll dig in to the new version and detail changes below.


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First look: iPhone Battery Health settings in iOS 11...

Apple's second beta of iOS 11.3 adds the anticipated iPhone Battery Health section, allowing users to check the longevity and remaining capacity of their device's battery, and also control throttling of it. AppleInsider offers a first look at how it will work when iOS 11.3 ships to the public later this spring.

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Apple support page discusses iPhone performance...

Apple has published a new page about lithium ion batteries in an iPhone, discussing how they work in simple terms, why throttling is necessary, and how iPhone performance management works in iOS 11.3.

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ZAGG debuts Rugged Book keyboard/detachable case for...

ZAGG has announced the $129.99 Rugged Book, a wireless keyboard and detachable case for the Apple iPad, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad Air 2. 

It boasts four modes (book, keyboard, case, and video), an adjustable cradle hinge for 180 degrees of viewing angles, and a detachable keyboard with reinforced metal plating. The Rugged Book also features four layers of construction that meet military drop-test standards, allowing it to protect the device from drops from up to two meters/6.6 feet, says Charlie Quong, vice president, product development for ZAGG. 

Backlit keys, available in seven different colors, make typing easy in low-light conditions, he adds. The rechargeable battery purportedly lasts up to two years between charges; built-in magnets activate the keyboard’s sleep/wake function to preserve battery life.

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Apple preps second Chinese data center, switch-on...

Putting aside privacy concerns about the first one, Apple is reportedly laying the groundwork for a second Chinese data center that will go online two years from now.

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How will new iPhones manage power? Apple’s response...

Enlarge (credit: Samuel Axon)

In early January, Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, called upon Apple to answer for the lack of transparency it showed surrounding its slow-down practices for aging iPhones. Today, Thune's office released Apple's response: a five-page letter in which...

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Data mining efforts reveal quests arriving in future...

'Pokemon Go' may soon get an update to add some single player-focused content to the popular Niantic game for iPhone, after data mining efforts revealed elements of a new quest system that could offer more things to do in the game, as well as teaching new players basic gameplay concepts.

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How to check battery health and disable battery...

As promised, Apple has included a new screen in the iOS 11.3 beta 2 settings called Battery Health (Beta) available on all iPhones since iPhone 6. This view includes information about the maximum capacity of the battery in the device, and describes whether the battery has degraded to the point where it can no longer offer peak performance.

All devices upgrading to iOS 11.3 start with performance management disabled. It will be enabled by the system when the device first experiences an unexpected shutdown. However, users can go into Settings -> Battery -> Battery Health and disable it. See how (as well as all the different states) after the break …


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iOS 11.3 beta 2 adds brand new ClassKit framework...

The second beta of iOS 11.3, released earlier today, includes the new battery health screen where users will be able to see whether their devices are being affected by poor battery health, but that’s not the only new thing in this release.


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Apple files patent for stylus that works without a...

A new Apple patent details a stylus that can be used without a screen. It specifically mentions “force sensors” which leads us to believe that this could be used with future versions of the Mac that have Force Touch trackpads.


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Apple’s plan to buy Shazam just hit a European...

Apple officially announced its acquisition of the music recognition and tagging company, Shazam, last December. While this deal may not sound like one to experience antitrust hurdles, the EU is launching a probe to review the acquisition’s effect on competition.


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Apple unveils second iOS 11.3, tvOS 11.3 betas for...

Two weeks after the debut, Apple has updated the iOS 11.3 beta adding the first Battery Health beta features, and also deployed a new tvOS beta version.

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Apple Is Seeing 'Strong Demand' For...

In a letter addressed to the U.S. lawmakers, Apple said earlier this month that it was seeing "strong demand" for replacement iPhone batteries. The company added that it may offer rebates for consumers who paid full price for new batteries. From a report: Apple confirmed in December that software to deal with aging batteries in iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE models could slow down performance. The company apologized and lowered the price of battery replacements for affected models from $79 to $29. In the letter released Tuesday, amid nagging allegations that it slowed down phones with older batteries as a way to push people into buying new phones, the company said it was considering issuing rebates to consumers who paid full price for replacement batteries.


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Apple may offer rebates to customers who have...

Apple is exploring whether to offer rebates to customers who previously purchased fresh iPhone batteries in the wake of “Batterygate,” the controversy about the company’s practice of slowing down older devices, reports Recode.

Sen. John Thune, who leads the tech-focused Commerce Committee, asked Apple in a letter last month: “Has Apple explored whether consumers who paid the full, non-discounted price for a replacement batter in an effort to restore performance should be allowed to seek a rebate for some of the purchase price?”

In response, Cynthia Hogan, the iPhone giant’s vice president for public policy in the Americas, told Thune in a reply released today: “Yes,...

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tvOS 11.3 beta 2 for Apple TV developers now...

Apple has released tvOS 11.3 beta 2 for registered developers to test on Apple TV (fourth-gen) and Apple TV 4K. We’ll dig in to the new version and detail changes below.


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Apple releases iOS 11.3 beta 2 with battery health...

Thirteen days after the first developer beta, Apple has released iOS 11.3 beta 2 for registered developers to test on iPhone and iPad. We’ll dig in to the new version and detail changes below.


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Apple considering whether to offer rebates for full-...

Apple may offer rebates to people who bought a full-cost replacement iPhone battery to get around throttled performance, according to a newly-published response from the company.

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European Commission to examine Apple’s acquisition...

The European Commission — an institution of the European Union, responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the EU treaties and managing the day-to-day business of the EU — says it’s accepted a request from Austria, France, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden to assess under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Shazam by Apple. 

The Commission will look into whether the transaction may threaten to adversely affect competition in the European Economic Area (EEA). The EEA is the area in which the Agreement on the EEA provides for the free movement of persons, goods, services and capital within the European Single Market, including the freedom to choose residence in any country within this area. The EEA was established on Jan. 1, 1994. The European Single Market is a single market which seeks to guarantee the free movement of goods, capital, services, and labor – the "four freedoms" – within the European Union, the political and...

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Apple plans not one, but two, new data centers in...

On Saturday, reports said that Apple plans to open its first China data center in 2020. Now it looks like Apple will have two centers operable by that date. 

The official Xinhua news agency, citing local government, says the second center will be built in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in the north. As Apple's first data center in north China, it would commence operation in 2020 and offer iCloud services on the Chinese mainland. Last year, Apple set up a data center in the southern province of Guizhou, its first in China, to comply with the tougher cyber-security laws.

The first facility, which will be entirely driven by renewable energy, will be built and run in partnership with Guizhou on the Cloud Big Data. The center is part of Apple's planned $1 billion investment the southern province of Guizhou.


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Apple considering reimbursing customers who paid $79...

Recode reports that Apple is looking into the possibility of reimbursing customers who have paid the full $79 for an iPhone battery replacement. Lawmaker Sen. John Thune asked Apple about the issue and the company says that it is exploring ways to do so.


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9to5Toys Lunch Break: BOSS CarPlay Dash Receiver $...

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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Report: 2017 brings huge Apple Watch growth, 18...

New data from Canalys today shares details on Apple Watch shipments, and 2017 was a big win for Apple’s wearable. The reports says that Apple beat expectations with sales of 18 million units.


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Apple cutting back on bond buys ahead of plans to...

As it gets ready to bring billions in foreign cash back to the U.S., Apple is also reportly drawing back on its purchases of corporate bonds.

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BBEdit 12.1 adds Touch Bar support on MacBook Pros,...

Bare Bones Software has just released an important new update to its BBEdit HTML and text editor. Version 12.1 makes BBEdit a 64-bit application for the first time, which has performance advantages now and future-proofs BBEdit for upcoming macOS updates.


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Apple sells 18 million Apple Watches in 2017 (up 54...

Apple Watch shipments beat expectations, topping 18 million in 2017, up by more than 54% from 2016, according to Canalys

The Series 3 was the key growth driver, as total shipments of the latest version of the smartwatch were just under nine million, making up nearly half of all shipments in 2017, adds the research group. Apple’s fourth quarter performance was impressive in itself, as shipments grew by more than 32% over quarter four of 2016 to eight million, the highest ever number of shipments in a single quarter, not just for Apple, but for any wearable vendor.

“The cellular version of the Apple Watch was in strong demand in the U.S., Japan and Australia, where all major operators stocked it in time for the holiday season,” says Vincent Thielke, research analyst at Canalys. 

The Apple Watch Series 3 is the fastest-selling LTE wearable on the market, with shipments doubling quarter on quarter to reach 1.6...

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Bloomberg: Apple decreases bond purchases ahead of...

A new report from Bloomberg today says that Apple is reducing its bond purchases ahead of bringing its overseas cash back to the US. As other tech companies are doing the same, there are concerns about how this will affect the corporate bond market.


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Apple error sends Search Ads Basic advertising...

An issue with the way Apple provides reports to iPhone and iPad app developers about advertising and installation rates has been uncovered, with a number of app developers claiming to receive reports for apps belonging to other developers instead of their own creations.

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Apple takes media on tour of audio lab in run-up to...

Apple recently took a well-known blog on a tour of its audio labs, using the occasion to talk up its first smartspeaker, the HomePod, shipping on Feb. 9 for $349.

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HomePod review roundup: 'Room filling,'...

With less than 72 hours until its release, the first HomePod reviews are in from a hand-picked group of media outlets, and they’re very positive—as long as you’re buying Apple’s $349 smart speaker for sound quality. The Homepod’s “smarts,” though, leave much to be desired.

That’s not a total surprise, since Siri is woefully inadequate on other devices and Apple hadn’t given us any indication that it has enhanced Siri for HomePod. But in action it’s even worse than we expected. Brian X. Chen of The New York Times laments Siri’s capabilities on the new speaker and concludes that “Siri doesn’t even work as well on HomePod as it does on the iPhone.”


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∞ “The blue marble”

This guy is a mad genius. I hope he continues to use his powers for good and never evil.

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The art of sound mixing vs sound editing

This is a great series of videos explaining the differences between sound mixing vs sound editing by Oscar winner Walter Murch. I don’t know much about sound but I know I’d watch Murch explain the phone book. Always an interesting guy to listen to.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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HomePod review roundup: not as smart as it could be...

Apple seeded HomePod review units to a number of websites, embargoed for today, and the first reviews are landing.

There are quibbles. More than one reviewer said that, for a smart speaker, it wasn’t as smart as its rivals. But when it comes to audio quality, everyone was universally impressed. The clear consensus here is that the sound quality isn’t just the best available from a smart speaker, it out-performs many more expensive speakers.

Even What HiFi gave it a full five stars, and based on the rave reviews below, I’m really looking forward to taking delivery of mine and finding out whether the sound really is so much better than I’d so far been expecting


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HomePod review roundup: Apple's smart speaker...

As a home audio device, Apple's HomePod is a hit with critics, who have lauded the $349 accessory's superior sound quality. But the standalone speaker has not addressed the shortcomings of Siri, an area where HomePod lagged behind the capabilities of competitors Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

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Apple is Sending Some Developers Ad Spend and...

An issue at Apple appears to be resulting in app developers getting emails of ad spend and install summaries for apps belonging to other developers. From a report: The issue -- which appears specific right now to developers using Search Ads Basic, pay-per-install ads that appear as promoted apps when people search on the App Store -- was raised on Twitter by a number of those affected, including prominent developer Steve Troughton-Smith, who posted a screenshot of an email that summarized January's ad spend and install data another developer's two apps. Several others replied noting the same issue, listing more developers and random apps.


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Glucose sensor app said to be first third-party...

An app for Abbott's FreeStyle Libre glucose reader is said to be the first third-party iOS title to make use of the NFC chip in Apple's iPhone, previously reserved only for Apple Pay.

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Apple offers glimpse inside audio lab it used to...

Apple gave The Loop a look inside the audio labs the company uses to test speakers for its iPhone and iPad devices, as well as the company’s new HomePod smart speaker which trumpets sound quality as its number 1 feature. Apple said that the HomePod project began six years ago. All parts inside HomePod are custom designed by Apple, even including the fabric that wraps around the outside.


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Farrago: A Fun and Useful Soundboard for the Mac

Farrago is Rogue Amoeba’s new soundboard tool for podcasts and live performances. It’s a neat little tool for enhancing recordings or events of any sort with predefined sound clips.


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Supplies of the HomePod are beginning to dwindle

As noted by MacRumors, the HomePod supply is beginning to shorten ahead of the speaker's launch this Friday across the U.S. United Kingdom, and Australia. 

Apple Store pickup is now unavailable for the wireless speaker system in all three countries. Delivery estimates for online orders of the speaker in white and space gray have been pushed back to Feb. 12 in both Australia and the United Kingdom. 

HomePod orders placed today on Apple's online store are still estimated for delivery on Feb. 9 in the U.S. Limited quantities of the speaker may be available to walk-in customers at select Apple Stores and resellers, including Best Buy, John Lewis, Harvey Norman, Telstra, and EE. 

The $349 device is just under seven inches tall and looks like a piece of furniture. As well as a wireless speaker, it also acts as a hub for HomeKit devices to provide remote access to home automation.

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Review: The $129 DJI Osmo Mobile 2 is the best-value...

If you’ve got any recent model iPhone, you’ve got a great camera – both for still photos and for video. So good, in fact, that many independent filmmakers use it to shoot both shorts and full-length movies.

But such reports can give a somewhat misleading impression. Very often, the iPhone is the capture device, but it’s coupled to far more expensive supplementary kit like professional lenses, and gimbals to smooth footage.

What DJI has done with its latest gimbal is to bring smooth mobile shooting – and more – down to a price level that makes it extremely affordable. So much so that, when you consider all the things it can do, I’d say it qualifies as the best-value iPhone accessory on the market at the moment …


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∞ Review: Apple HomePod

I’ve been using the HomePod for almost a week now. The device is part technological marvel with a little bit of magic thrown in to make it a really compelling device for every home. […]

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∞ Inside Apple’s HomePod Audio Lab

Apple didn’t build its audio products by choosing off-the-shelf components that any other company can use—it designed and built them from scratch. The testing for all its products happens in the company’s audio lab in Cupertino, Calif. Last week, they took me on a tour of the lab to show me what’s involved in making an audio product at Apple. […]

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Apple granted another patent for a gesture-based UI...

Apple has been granted another patent (number 9885459) for a Mac user interface that utilizes gesture recognition. The invention involves “pattern projection using micro-lenses.”

The patent involves methods and systems for mapping of three-dimensional (3D) objects, and, specifically,  to optical 3D mapping. Apple says it provides user motions that can control an interactive computer application, such as a game, in place of tactile interface elements such as a mouse, joystick or other accessory.

Here’s a summary of the patent: “An illumination assembly includes a light source, which is configured to emit optical radiation. A transparency containing a plurality of micro-lenses, which are arranged in a non-uniform pattern and are configured to focus the optical radiation to form, at a focal plane, respective focal spots in the non-uniform pattern. Optics are configured to project the non-uniform pattern of the focal spots from the focal plane onto an object.”


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France bans handheld smartphone use in cars, even...

In what seems a very misguided attempt to address the problem of road deaths and injuries in France, the government has just banned handheld smartphone use even when the car is stationary and the engine switched off …


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The NYPD arms Manhattan police officers with iPhones

The New York Police Department has begun scrapping 36,000 smartphones it gave police officers over the past two years because they’re already obsolete and can’t be upgraded, and are turning to iPhones, reports The New York Post.

Police officers try out their new iPhones at the 13th Precinct on Thursday, Jan. 25. (SUSAN WATTS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

The move follows Microsoft’s decision to stop supporting the operating system that runs the NYPD’s devices. The rollout has begun in Patrol Borough Manhattan South, which spans from Wall St. to 59th St.

Within the next week, cops covering these neighborhoods will be “i-ready” to protect and serve, NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Information and Technology...

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Health research Stephen Friend bids Apple adieu

Stephen Friend, a health researcher and co-founder of Sage Bionetworks, has left Apple after serving less than two years on the job to become an “independent entrepreneur,” reports CNBC. No reason was given for the departure.

Sage Bionetworks launched in 2009 as part of Friend’s vision “to drive open science and fundamentally change the relationship between patients and their doctors.” The company has been a partner on most of the high-profile apps to come out on Apple's health-focused platforms, ResearchKit and CareKit.

Another member of Apple's health team, Anil Sethi, also left the company at the end of 2017 to work on a start-up focused on gathering health information for cancer patients.

In the past few years, Apple has recruited a team of medical experts to help guide its strategy as it moves into health care. Its team currently includes: Rajiv...

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Will Apple ever make its own search engine? (Apple...

A couple of years ago, Apple posted a listing to its Jobs at Apple page describing an engineering project manager position for "Apple Search." Could the company could be working on a full-fledged search engine for use on macOS and iOS platforms?

Here's Apple's job summary (as it appeared at the time): "Apple seeks a technical, driven and creative program manager to manage backend operations projects for a search platform supporting hundreds of millions of users. Play a part in revolutionizing how people use their computers and mobile devices. Manage operational projects that support groundbreaking technology and the most scalable big-data systems in existence.

This position requires a team player and a self-starter with experience leading cross-functional tactical and detailed oriented projects. Must have a successful track record in project management. A successful candidate has a great track record of effectively getting things done and uses resources efficiently....

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Snapchat continues cautious roll-out of redesign,...

Snapchat is continuing its gradual rollout of a major app redesign. It is treading cautiously, with a widespread rollout of the the redesign limited to a handful of countries to date, perhaps mindful of the poor reviews it has been receiving.

In the US and elsewhere, Snapchat continues to drip-feed new features, with one quietly rolled out in the last few weeks and another on the way …


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HomePod sells out on Australia Apple Online Store,...

As anticipation for HomePod builds, Apple’s smart speaker has sold out in Australia. Apple’s website reports that new orders for the HomePod in White or Space Gray will now deliver from the 12th in the country (which is the 11th in most parts of the world due to timezone differences).


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TouchCopy is handy for transferring your iTunes,...

Sometimes you need transfer music and other files from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. That’s when TouchCopy comes in handy. And the latest version (16) adds support for the iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

Let's say you need to move an iTunes library from an old Mac to a new one. Or transfer music, photos, SMS, voice mails, contacts, etc. from your iDevice to iTunes. Or recover your iTunes content from your iOS device when you get a new Mac or are recovering after a hard drive failure. 

If the music, playlists, song data, album art, ratings, play counts, ebooks, games, videos and Messages are still available on your iDevice, TouchCopy can retrieve all of these and more and safely restore your iTunes library. Conveniently, TouchCopy will prevent iTunes from attempting to re-sync your device while it's running. 

What's more, the software lets you view and copy your iDevice photos to your computer, including photos and...

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iPad boosts market share as tablet market declines;...

The iPad boosted its market share in the final quarter of last year, achieving very slight growth as the tablet market as a whole declined, reports IDC.

The company attributes Apple’s ‘solid lead’ to a balance of entry-level and iPad Pro shipments.

Apple maintained a solid lead in the holiday quarter driving growth both through its lower-priced 9.7-inch iPad as well as its newly refreshed iPad Pro products. While the lower-price iPad has continued to drive a strong consumer upgrade cycle, the shifting focus is to iPad Pro and its potential in the commercial and education segments …


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How to use Siri to set a timer in iOS 11

I’m an ice cream addict. Twice a week I make a big batch of the world’s greatest dessert. In doing so, I have to time the mixing process for 30 minutes. I use iOS 11’s Siri to set a timer on my iPhone X to tell me when the mixing time is completed.

You can do the same to remind yourself to make a phone call, turn the oven on (or off), head out to pick up the kiddos from school, and more. Here’s how to do it:

  • Hold down the Home button on your iPhone (or iPad) to activate Siri. Or say "Hey, Siri" on supported devices such as the iPhone X.
  • Say something like "Set a timer for 30 minutes."
  • Siri will confirm that the timer was created and started.
  • Open the Clock app and click on the Timer icon if you want to watch the countdown.

Even with the timer set, you can continue to use your iPhone as usual. Press the Home button to return to the Home screen.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support...

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Some developers receiving Search Ads report emails...

In a rather embarrassing screw up, some developers are receiving report emails from Search Ads Basics featuring details for apps that aren’t theirs. This includes information that is usually confidential such as number of installs from the ad campaign as well as how much was spent.

There doesn’t seem to be any kind of systemic Apple ID hack; it just looks like a buggy email daemon is sending out the wrong information to different people.


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Patent application highlights ideas for next-gen...

The next-gen Apple Pencil could be capable of writing on any flat surface or in the air.

A recently-published patent application, numbered 62/363,172 and titled “Content Creation Using Electronic Input Device on Non-Electronic Surfaces” describes the use of an Apple Pencil-like device, in conjunction with some form of motion or orientation sensor external to the stylus on any surface, like a desktop.

The documentation associated with the patent is intentionally vague as to how this will be executed. Still, it highlights how the stylus’s movement can be tracked by “a motion and orientation sensor, a camera, or an electromagnetic- or sound-based triangulation scheme.”

The patent also details how the data generated by a pointing device could be tracked in three dimensions, even without requiring a surface to write on. Other utilizations of the technology beyond just handwriting include tracing a 3D object to make a model in the computer.


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Apple offering 32GB replacement units to some...

If your 16GB iPhone 5c is headed into the shop, Apple might be replacing it with a 32GB model instead.

A new directive sent out to Apple Authorized Service Providers this morning offered the following guidance:

“Orders for whole unit service inventory of iPhone 5c (16GB) models may be substituted to iPhone 5c (32GB) models until further notice.”

While not all 16GB iPhone 5c units will be replaced with a 32GB unit, some customers that take their units in for repair for a manufacturing issue or other problem may see an upgrade to the larger capacity 32GB model.

Apple has yet to offer a specific reason for the potential upgrade, albeit this is often due to the available supply at any given time.

Apple stopped offering 16 and 32GB iPhone 5c models for sale in most countries in September of 2014, but continued selling an 8GB model until September of 2015. In India, the iPhone 5c was still available through February of 2016, but since that time,...

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Grammarly patches bug that could expose everything...

Grammarly, a copyediting extension for Chrome and Firefox that points out typos and grammatical mistakes, had a major bug that allowed any website you visit to log into your account and read everything you ever wrote. It made all your documents, hist...

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Apple's iCloud key in takedown of notorious...

Data from Apple's iCloud service was used to identify, and potentially locate and arrest, the operator of the Kelihos botnet, a system notorious for its association spam networks and criminal conspirators, according to U.S. court documents unsealed on Monday.

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Health researcher Stephen Friend leaves Apple after...

According to a report on Monday, Stephen Friend, prominent health researcher and co-founder of Sage Bionetworks, has left Apple after serving less than two years on the job.

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NYPD begins deploying iPhone 7 & 7 Plus to...

As initially reported last year, The New York Police Department is moving away from Windows Phones after two years with the platform. Replacing some 36,000 Windows phones are iPhones, which are now being rolled out to police officers…


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Apple’s health team loses veteran researcher after...

As Apple works to grow and expand its health-related projects and the teams working on those efforts, there’s sure to be some turnover in the process. CNBC reports today that Stephen Friend, a top health researcher, departed Apple late in 2017… more…

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NYPD begins rolling out 36,000 iPhone 7, 7 Plus...

As part of a planned switch away from Microsoft's defunct Windows Phone platform, the New York Police Department recently began issuing officers their choice of iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus handsets, devices some cops are already lauding as the "ultimate tool" to fight crime.

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How iCloud helped investigators track down one of...

Apple played a surprisingly big role in helping track down one the world’s worst spammers, according to an affidavit unsealed today and picked up by The Verge. According to the document, Russian spam king Peter Levashov was tracked down in large part due to his iCloud usage…


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Report suggests Apple could begin 2018 product...

Supply chain source Digitimes is out with a new report today highlighting Apple’s suppliers involvement in upcoming product launches. The site claims that Apple could begin upgrading its various product lines as early as next month, but fails to offer specific information about what products are potentially on the docket…


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How to get Windows 10 up and running on Mac using...

Choosing between a Windows computer and a Mac can be a tough decision. Some users think they'll be giving up features or apps they enjoyed on Windows when making the switch to Mac. Luckily, you can have the best of both worlds by running Windows on a Mac using Apple's Boot Camp.

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Lifeprint’s ‘hyperphoto’ printer lets you instantly...

Good review of the pros and cons. I’d love to have a “quickie” printer for on the go prints but the downsides of the low picture quality and hugely expensive paper make these kinds of printers a no buy for me.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple was right to throttle iPhones, but some things...

Good explanation of what happened and why. There’s good and bad in Apple’s reasoning for doing it but, as I’ve often said, their lack of explanation and “full disclosure” can sometimes bite them in the ass.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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