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Friday February 10

05:15
Apple and magic

Carolina Milanesi:

Another common argument shared by some Apple critics is that the inability to deliver a killer product rests solely with Tim Cook. When we consider the two new lines of products Apple brought to market under Cook — Apple Watch and AirPods — I struggle to see how people could honestly believe Cook is failing.

And:

I have been wearing an Apple Watch every day since it first came out. Yet, whenever people ask me if I love it, I hesitate to say I do because it is hard to explain why. Apple Watch gives back what you put in. You need to invest some time in setting up your preferences when it comes to notifications, pick your apps, buy into fitness, and add your credit cards. Most importantly, you need to trust Apple Watch to pick up some of the responsibility you have given to your iPhone for so long. When you do so, Apple Watch becomes a trusted companion you will not easily go without.

And:

This is the slogan of Apple’s AirPod...

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05:11
WhatsApp launches two-step verification for all...

WhatsApp, the popular free cross-platform messaging app, is today launching a two-step verification security feature for all users of the service. The feature adds an additional layer of protection by requiring a passcode when resetting and verifying your account.

This combats a recent hack where if your phone number was hijacked somehow, your WhatsApp account would be available meaning crooks could freely read your private messages and conversations. Two Step Verification requires setting up a six-digit passcode and an optional backup email address. Here’s how to enable it …

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05:00
Apple delays shipments for LG UltraFine 5K Display...

While LG works on a fix for the Wi-Fi router/shielding conflict on its UltraFine 5K Display, Apple has delayed shipments for the unit and removed in store pickup options.

New orders for the LG UltraFine 5K Display will now ship out in five to six weeks, ensuring buyers will get a display with updated hardware that fixes the Wi-Fi interference problem.

Before the issue had been made public, the displays were set to ship out in a few weeks’ time. For a time in January, shipping estimates ranged from three to five days.

The delay surfaced after customers began complaining about the conflict back in December. Users began noticing display glitches and freezes that were eventually attributed to interference caused by close proximity to a Wi-Fi router. LG confirmed the existence of a problem last week, apologized, and announced an official hardware fix.

Going forward, all UltraFine 5K Displays manufactured after February 2017 include additional shielding...

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04:52
BeatsX Earphones shipping dates, reviews,...

Apple’s new BeatsX Earphones are now live in the Apple Store, both brick and mortar and online.

BeatsX are available in four colors: white, black, gray, and blue, all priced at $149.95.

The white and black models ship pretty much immediately. If I order them online today, I can have them by Tuesday for a $17 next day shipping charge, $19 if I want them before noon, or free two shipping if I am willing to wait until Wednesday. Obviously, depending where you live, your shipping charges may be different.

The gray and blue models are currently showing delivery dates of February 23-28 (13 to 18 days from now) with free two day shipping, one day sooner with the overnight shipping fees mentioned above.

As to reviews, Chance Miller, 9to5Mac did a nice job gathering a series of YouTube reviews...

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04:30
I want an Magic Trackpad for the Mac with Apple...

I expect the Touch Bar on certain models of the 2016 MacBook Pro is just the beginning of ways Apple will offer touch input on Macs without actually have touch screens on laptops or desktops. I expect to see a Magic Keyboard with Touch Bar for iMacs, Mac Pros, and Mac minis when (“if,” in some cases) the desktops are updated.

I’d also love to see a Magic Trackpad 2 with Apple Pencil support. In July 2016, Apple was granted a patent (number 9,400,570) for a “stylus with inertial sensor” with images (shown) showing the Apple Pencil working with a Mac.

What’s more, per the patent, the Apple Pencil may also be operated as a as a joystick, a rotational controller, or other input devices in addition to serving as a touch sensor input device. For example, on-screen content may be rotated, tilted, or otherwise manipulated using rotational controller and joystick input from the inertial sensor.

Who knows? We might just see an Apple Pencil 2 with Mac support this year....

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04:16
Tim Cook says UK will be ‘just fine’ after Brexit,...

Tim Cook’s Europe tour is not over just yet. Cook met the UK Prime Minister yesterday, discussing Apple’s UK investment commitments. Cook said he believes Britain will be just fine after Brexit, when the country leaves the European Union, even if there are some ‘bumps in the road along the way’.

Cook then met the Mayor of London, as well as visiting a London school that uses iPads in the classroom and saw a digital artwork exhibition at the Tate Britain gallery. As usual, he documented his tour on Twitter …

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04:00
PiPifier is a handy utility for macOS Safari

Mac users should download PiPifier, a free app for macOS 10.12 or later that’s found in the Mac App Store. It’s a handy extension that lets you play any HTML 5 video in Picture-in-Picture mode. Sweet!

Once the app is installed, it gives you a Safari extension that you turn on to enable the feature. To launch PiPifier:

  • Open Safari and go to Preferences.
  • Go to Extensions.
  • Enable PiPifier.
  • Choose View > Customize Toolbar and drag the PiPifier icon to your toolbar.

To use Pipifier just press the icon when you're watching to an HTML5 video (Note: You need to interact with the video once. If it's autoplaying just pause and play again)

Now, if you have an HTML5 video playing on any website like Youtube , you can just press the PiPifier icon in Safari's toolbar to enable Picture-In-Picture for this video....

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02:18
Apple's W1-equipped BeatsX earphones now...




After missing a scheduled fall 2016 release, Apple on Friday initiated sales of its new BeatsX wireless earphone model, with select models ready to pick up in store today ahead of initial shipments next week.

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00:28
BeatsX, Apple’s AirPods alternative, now available...

Apple’s BeatsX wireless earphones (stylized as Beatsx) are now available to purchase from Apple.com after an extended delay following their introduction in September. Like AirPods, BeatsX earphones use Apple’s special W1 chip that makes pairing and switching between Apple devices nearly instant.

Apple.com is quoting short shipping times for the black and white BeatsX, with delivery for Valentine’s Day. Apple’s website is also selling the newly-announced gray and blue colors with longer 2-3 week wait times.

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Thursday February 9

21:15
Growing number of matte black iPhone 7 users report...

According to a growing number of posts on Apple’s Support forums, some iPhone 7 matte black models are suffering from paint chips. Affected users claim that even with the use of a case, their iPhone 7 matte black model is showing paint chips around the edges of the device and on the back…

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18:36
Comment: LG’s UltraFine 5K mess is the strongest...

Earlier today, Apple silently pushed shipping times for the LG UltraFine 5K display back to 5 to 6 weeks. The move came following our report last week highlighting problems using the display with 2 feet of wireless routers due to poor shielding.

With the LG woes in mind, is now the perfect time for Apple to re-enter the display market?

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17:47
Apple Pay to support cards from ING, Macquarie in...




As Apple fights off regulatory attacks from Australia's "big three" banks in a bid to widen regional Apple Pay adoption, major international brands ING and Macquarie on Friday local time promised to support the digital payments system in the near future.

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16:45
All Three New 2017 iPhones To Feature Wireless...

In late October, Nikkei Asian Review released a report claiming Foxconn was testing wireless charging modules for the iPhone 8. Another report has surfaced recently that further reinforces those claims. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo now claims that all three new iPhones expected to launch later this year will feature wireless charging. MacRumors reports: Kuo said wireless charging increases the internal temperature of smartphones, so he expects the rumored iPhone 8 with an OLED display and glass casing to have a new 3D Touch module with "additional graphite sheet lamination" in order to prevent the device from malfunctioning due to overheating. An excerpt from Kuo's research note obtained by MacRumors: "While we don't expect general users to notice any difference, lamination of an additional graphite sheet is needed for better thermal control and, thus, steady operation; this is because FPCB is replaced with film, which is more sensitive to temperature change of the 3D touch...

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16:30
Apple's iCloud saved deleted browser records,...

Apple’s iCloud appears to have been holding on to users’ deleted internet browsing histories, including records over a year old.

Moscow-based forensics firm Elcomsoft noticed it was able to pull supposedly deleted Safari browser histories from iCloud accounts, such as the date and time the site was visited and when the record was deleted.

“In fact, we were able to access records dated more than one year back,” wrote Elcomsoft’s CEO Vladimir Katalov in a Thursday blog post.

Users can set iCloud to store their browsing history so that it's available from all connected devices. The researchers found that when a user deletes that history, iCloud doesn't actually erase it but keeps it in a format invisible to the user.

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15:57
Quickly adjust AirPods volume by percentage and...




Due to its distinct lack of physical controls, setting sound levels on Apple's new AirPods requires the use of either Siri or the volume buttons on a paired iPhone, both of which operate on preset magnitudes. For greater control, use Siri to raise or lower the beats by percentage.

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15:48
Roundup: Early BeatsX reviews note of improved...

The delayed BeatsX earbuds go on sale tomorrow on Apple.com and in retail stores after a lengthy delay. Ahead of the release to the public, a trio of YouTube reviewers got their hands on the W1-equipped headphones from Apple and Beats. The videos offer a first-look at BeatsX and compare them Apple’s own AirPods.

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15:40
Tim Cook visits the Tate

Tim getting a tour by curator Chris Stephens to see a retrospective on David Hockney’s work on iPad and iPhone.

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15:21
Appeals court denies Trump's attempt to revive...

The San Francisco Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday afternoon to keep the stay on President Donald Trump's travel ban, which aims to halt people from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States. More than 100 technolog...

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15:07
'South Park: The Fractured But Whole'...

The latest adventure of the Coon and Friends has suffered another setback. South Park: The Fractured But Whole will now hit store shelves sometime between April 2017 and March 2018, publisher Ubisoft announced today during an earnings call.

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15:03
LG UltraFine 5K Display shipments slip to 5 to 6...




Shipping estimates for LG's UltraFine 5K Display, sold exclusively through Apple's retail network, have slipped to over a month as the Korean company issues updated hardware with better RF shielding.

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15:00
Following shielding defect, Apple pushes shipping of...

Last week, we were the first to report on shielding issues that plagued Apple’s external monitor solution, the LG UltraFine 5K. In our usage, we found that using the display within 2 meters of a router effectively rendered the display useless.

While LG stated that it was fixing the WiFi interference shortly thereafter, Apple has now pushed shipping of the UltraFine 5K display on its website to 5 weeks to 6 weeks…

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14:55
Apple delays shipments of LG UltraFine 5K displays

Apple has delayed shipments for LG UltraFine 5K, a 27-inch model touted as the perfect display for 2016 MacBook Pros, and removed in store pickup options, reports MacRumors. New orders for the LG UltraFine 5K Display will now ship out in five to six weeks with fixes to a reported issue with router.

Last week 9to5Mac reported that the LG UltraFine 5K Display can be effectively unusable if placed near a Wi-Fi router with some kind of radio interference causing the monitor to regularly black out and hang the connected MacBook Pro. LG says it’s identified the hardware problem in which Wi-Fi routers within two feet of the display may result in signal interference issues — although, as I...

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14:46
Buy BeatsX wireless headphones, get three free...

Apple subsidiary Beats will have the $149.95 BeatsX wireless headphones available for purchase in the U.S. on Feb.10. Scoop one up and you’ll get three free months of Apple Music, which costs $9.99 per month (or $4.99 for students).

A card with the bonus is included in the box, YouTube host Jonathan Morrison noted in a clip comparing the earbuds with Apple's AirPods. Naturally, since I paid for ‘em myself, no such card is bundled with the latter.

The BeatsX not only use the W1 chip found in Apple's own AirPods, but also use in-ear earbuds instead of the "earpod-like" design of the AirPods. They’re available now in black and white colors, but blue and grey versions are supposedly in the works.

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14:42
You don't need to touch the Amazon Tap to use...

Having to touch a device to use voice commands kind of defeats the purpose of having voice commands at all. For example, my use of "Okay, Google" went down dramatically once I switched from Android to iOS. Amazon realizes this problem is a problem to...

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14:34
Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 9, 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

plasq has unveiled Comic Draw for Schools for the iPad. It’s a comic creation app that provides a suite of comic drawing tools, script editing and lettering. Comic Draw for Schools costs $19.99. When schools purchase more than 20 licenses on the Volume Purchase Program for Education store, the price is $9.99.

 

macOS Apps/Updates

St. Clair Software has released an upgrade (2.3) to App Tamer, its Mac utility that manages applications to deliver more efficient CPU usage and increased battery life. This version detects CPU-...

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14:27
Facebook bolsters original video ambitions with MTV...

As rumored a couple of months ago, Facebook is getting serious about making its own original content. The company has now hired a former MTV executive, Mina Lefevre, to be its Head of Development. According to Deadline, she will be leading Facebook's...

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14:10
How to remove and merge duplicate contacts

You’ve probably experienced the frustration of duplicate contact cards at one time or another and the more contacts you have (especially if the duplicates have different information) the more of a headache it can be.

Luckily there are a couple easy ways to remove duplicates whether you have your Mac with you or not, as well as a way to merge contact card data. Follow along for how to make quick work of cleaning up your contacts.

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14:01
The Wirecutter's best deals: Marshall Mode in-...

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

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13:40
Tip of the Day: Selecting the best network...

With its support for a wide range of apps, along with its new role as a HomeKit hub, the fourth-generation Apple TV has become a more central device for many users than ever before. Since the device supports both wired (Ethernet) and Wi-Fi networking options, you may be led to believe that you’ll get the best network performance from your Apple TV by going with the wired option — after all, wired connections have traditionally always been…

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13:35
Volvo melds technology and luxury in the XC90 T8...

The name Volvo conjures up the incredibly safe but visually bland 240 Wagon sold during the '70s, '80s and '90s. You'd buy a Volvo because you were practical and possibly a bit paranoid about other drivers slamming into you. But the Swedish automaker...

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13:23
Google's Street View head moves to Lyft to work...

Lyft is refocusing its mapping efforts with a major new hire: Luc Vincent, who previously founded and led Google's Street View team. As a vice president of engineering at Lyft, Vincent will be in charge of the company's mapping and marketplace divisi...

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13:00
Keybase's encrypted chat works with accounts...

With their first release, Keybase simplified encrypted file sharing, allowing anyone to securely send data without the need for additional third-party software. Now the company wants to bring that same security and simplicity to encrypted messaging w...

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12:41
This tiny drone can pollinate flowers like a bee

As a species, bumblebees aren't doing well, so sadly, we may have to consider a future with fewer of the endangered insects. Humanity would be in trouble without these active pollinators, so Japanese scientists have created drones that mimic them by...

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12:39
Nintendo president gaining confidence in iPhone...




Nintendo has latest mobile game, 'Fire Emblem: Heroes', has so far earned the game company $5 million dollars since its launch on February 2, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima advised in an interview, with the Japanese firm increasing its confidence in producing apps for iOS and other platforms.

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12:39
Cortana scans your emails to remind you about...

If you've ever said you'd do something in an email then whiffed on adding it to your calendar, Cortana can now help. As it previewed last year, Microsoft's assistant will check your emails and, using machine learning tech, pick out things you say you...

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12:18
Apple’s new $199 Pro Apps Bundle for Education now...

After launching a new Pro Apps Bundle earlier this month that includes Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro X, and Apple’s other pro apps at a discounted price for education customers, the offer is now available in additional countries outside of the US.

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12:16
On Apple’s Capital Return Program

Eric Jackson, writing for Forbes:

I have been a staunch critic of Apple’s capital return plan since
it started in 2012. I think it signals to Wall Street that Apple
is out of growth ideas, which is preposterous even though it’s now
a $700 billion market cap company. […]

I think I remember some Wall Street analysts defending the
dividend component of the Apple capital return plan in 2012
because it would “bring in a whole new class of investors to the
stock.” Congrats on attracting a few more widows and orphans
retail investors. […]

The whole capital return program has been a lot of work on Apple’s
part to basically do a little bit of stock buyback.

He quotes from my 2014 piece, “Just Do Something”, which you should read now to refresh your memory. Jackson...

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12:15
AWT News Update: February 9, 2017

A rather sparse Apple news day today, but we have some stories that will make your day:

  • That great Apple Pro Apps Bundle for Education is now available in over 30 more countries
  • Five Apple execs made Billboard's Power 100 list
  • The Facebook app for iOS has some fascinating new features; Weather and Find Wi-Fi

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

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This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for February 9, 2017.

A few weeks ago we covered Apple’s Pro Apps Bundle for Education, which provides all of Apple’s professional audio and video editing apps for Mac in one package. It includes Final Cut Pro X,...

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12:14
Panasonic's new image sensor could help cars...

Panasonic's new image sensor tech is designed for taking shots in the dark. Literally. The company has made an advancement that provides "electrical control of the near infrared (NIR) light sensitivity of the same pixel in an organic CMOS image senso...

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11:58
BeatsX bundling promo code for 3 months of Apple...

BeatsX are set to go on sale tomorrow after missing their promised fall launch, and YouTuber Jonathan Morrison has a new video featuring an early look at the new wireless earphones. In his hands-on video, Morrison discovers that Apple is bundling a promo code for three months of Apple Music with BeatsX purchases.

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11:57
B&O Beoplay H4 $299 wireless headphones launch...




B&O Play has launched the Beoplay H4 wireless headphones, the Bang & Olufen brand's cheapest wireless option in its over-ear headphone range, with users able to alter the settings of the headset from an Apple Watch.

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11:54
Apple's Pro Apps Bundle for Education arrives...




People wanting to take advantage of Apple's heavily-discounted Pro Apps Bundle for Education can now do so in over 30 more countries around the world, thanks to expanded distribution this week.

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11:53
Science confirms what we already know: It's all...

To find out what people think of lady dancing, you don't need to head to the club. Instead, researchers in the UK outfitted female dancers with motion capture rigs, much like the ones that bring digital movie characters like Gollum or Jar Jar Binks t...

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11:30
Twitch 'Communities' help you find...

Despite YouTube and Facebook's best efforts, Twitch is still the king of video game live streaming. The platform's popularity has given rise to a new problem though: discoverability. When so many different people are streaming, how do you find the ch...

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11:19
5 Apple execs crack Billboard Power 100 list,...




Apple executives have received high placings in Billboard's 2017 Power 100, a list of the major players in the music industry, with Eddy Cue, Jimmy Iovine, and Robert Kondrk sharing fourth place behind the chief executives of Live Nation, Universal Music, and Spotify.

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11:13
Review: Elgato Eve Motion is a standalone HomeKit...

Elgato Eve Motion is a standalone motion detection sensor that’s compatible with Apple’s HomeKit feature. Eve Motion can be used as a sensor in iOS 10’s Home app to trigger scenes and control accessories.

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11:13
Algae can survive nearly a year and a half in outer...

Algae from the Arctic Circle are used to tough weather, and it turns out they're also able to survive the extreme conditions of outer space. Two specimens recently spent 16 months on the exterior of the International Space Station and became the firs...

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11:00
New battery technology being developed doesn’t...

In a new NOVA documentary episode that recently aired on PBS, David Pogue hosts and checks out a next generation battery invented by Mike Zimmerman that won’t explode like the Samsung Note 7 (or create a thermal event) even when cut or punctured. The Search for the Super Battery episode is an hour-long look at “the hidden world of energy storage and how it holds the keys to a greener future.”

With the lithium-ion waste fire at Samsung’s SDI battery factory this week, it’s clear the evolution of batteries should not only focus on capacity, function and end-user safety, but should also consider the employees that produce batteries and the waste’s environmental impacts…

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10:54
LG wins $168 million lawsuit against knockoff...

Last year LG filed a $200 million lawsuit against companies producing counterfeit versions of its wraparound Tone headsets. Now, the presiding judge has spoken. While the amount the company was awarded wasn't as high as it asked for, $168 million for...

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10:40
Here’s why people are saying iCloud is secretly...

A report shared earlier today by Elcomsoft’s CEO Vladimir Katalov claimed your iCloud account may have been storing more Safari history than it should, pointing to a database of “deleted” browsing history that could be extracted in plain text to reveal URLs. But the data is outdated and we’ve learned from sources that the problem has been fixed for the majority of users for almost a year and for the rest quickly after the issue was discovered.

The data that Apple does store is kept for good reason… more…

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10:32
The Cybathlon returns in 2020

The world's first Cybathlon, a single-day sporting competition designed for people with severe disabilities, was a massive success in 2016. We documented the games, tech and cheering crowds that filled Zürich's Swiss Arena in a five-part video s...

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10:30
AI Smackdown! Apple's Siri vs. Amazon Alexa

One of the big surprises of the past few years has been the rise in popularity of Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant. Alexa resides in a number of Amazon and third-party products now like the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Tap, Fire TV, and Fire Tablet. Although it’s not an Apple product — in fact, Alexa is designed to compete directly on many fronts with Apple services — I thought it would be a good idea to introduce Alexa to Apple World Today readers…if they haven’t already introduced themselves to “her”.

My experiences have come over the past three months with a $50 Echo Dot (affiliate link) and a $65 JAM HX-P590BK Jam Voice portable speaker with Alexa. The Dot is equipped with what Amazon refers to as “far field voice recognition”, meaning that it listens to all sounds and responds to a voice prompt — “Alexa”. You don’t need to be right next to the...

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10:20
BeatsX earbuds launching Friday come with 3 months...




Customers who have been waiting months for Apple's delayed BeatsX earbuds will be given a consolation: three free months of Apple Music streaming.

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10:05
Flipboard redesigns itself around ‘smart’ digital...

I like the idea of Flipboard and have a couple of “magazines” of my own but I don’t seem to find the time to use the app the way it is intended. It just isn’t as compelling or full featured as I’d like it to be.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:05
External Link: Apple Preparing to Move into “...

Reuters reports that, after years of delays and an estimated $5 billion price tag, Apple hopes to start moving into its new “spaceship” campus in a few months. One of Steve Jobs’s final initiatives, the round glass building was projected to be finished in 2015 but was held up by a lengthy city approval process and insane attention to detail. Although it looks (and sounds) impressive, some architects wonder if the building is an example of form over function. Louise Mozingo, chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at U.C. Berkeley, told Reuters that the building could be tough to navigate. Other sources have said that the building has been a tremendous drain on Apple; we can hope that completing it will help the company devote more time, attention, and resources to its core products and services.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology...

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10:01
Behind the scenes photos of the Westminster Dog Show

I post this less about the dog show, which is great fun to watch and is on this weekend, and more about the choice of black and white for the photos. I love B&W photography but it doesn’t work in all situations. I think this is one of those times when it really doesn’t work.

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10:00
Chrome for Android adds WebVR support for the...

If you have a Daydream VR headset, you may want to update your Android phone's Chrome browser ASAP. Chrome's stable version now supports WebVR, a JavaScript API necessary for experiences loaded on browsers to work on a VR device. Google introduced We...

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10:00
Trump's FCC head is doing exactly what we...

The newly minted head of the FCC has only been in the job for a few weeks but has already begun to make changes. Ajit Pai is a vocal opponent of net neutrality, promising to "fire up the weed whacker" against his agency shortly before assuming leader...

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09:45
Dozens of iOS Apps Vulnerable to WiFi Snooping


Dozens of applications for Apple's mobile devices are vulnerable to WiFi snoopers, according to Will Strafach, CEO of the Sudo Security Group. He identified 76 popular iOS apps available at Apple's App Store that were vulnerable to wireless eavesdroppers, even though the connections were supposed to be protected by encryption. There have been 18 million downloads of the vulnerable apps, he said. Strafach categorized 33 of the vulnerable apps as "low risk." Another 24 iOS apps were "medium risk," and the remaining 19 were "high risk."

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09:43
Rumor: all 2017 iPhones will support wireless...

In a note to clients — as noted by MacRumors — KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo analyst says that all three new iPhones that will launch this year will support wireless charging.

This feature will increase the internal temperature of the smartphone, so he thinks the “iPhone 8” with an OLED display and glass casing will sport a new 3D Touch module with "additional graphite sheet lamination.

“While we don’t expect general users to notice any difference, lamination of an additional graphite sheet is needed for better thermal control and, thus, steady operation; this is because FPCB is replaced with film, which is more sensitive to temperature change of the 3D touch sensor in OLED iPhone,” Kuo writes.

Chances this rumor is true (IMHO): 100%. iPhone users have long wanted wireless charging; this is the year we’ll get it.

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09:43
Taser bought two computer vision AI companies

Law enforcement agencies across the country are adopting body-worn cameras as a means both of increasing their transparency with the public and generating actionable feedback to improve officer performance. Problem is, all these body cams produce ter...

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09:36
Safari histories are stored in iCloud for more than...

According to the CEO of Russian hacking tool creator Elcomsoft, Apple is storing Safari histories in the iCloud going back more than a year, possibly much longer, even where the user has asked for them to be wiped from memory.

Elcomsoft chief Vladimir Katalov told FORBES that Apple kept a separate iCloud record, titled “tombstone,” in which deleted web visits were stored, ostensibly for syncing across devices. When Katalov took Elcomsoft's Phone Breaker software to extract data from the linked iCloud account, he found "deleted" records going back a year.

“It's unclear just how or why Apple is storing cleared browsing history for such a long period. It would appear to be a design issue rather than anything suspicious, and is likely to do with the syncing mechanism between iOS, Mac OS X and Apple servers,” Thomas Fox-Brewster...

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09:36
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPhone 7 128GB refurb $600,...

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09:25
DeepMind is using games to test AI aggression and...

As our ability to create AI grows, it's important that we assess how it behaves in different situations. DeepMind, Google's AI division in London, has been concerned with one aspect in particular: what happens when two or more AI have similar or conf...

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09:05
Track today's blizzard with the best third-...




Apple's native iOS Weather app is pretty spartan. Given that we're in the midst of a very strange winter in the U.S. -- with record temperatures, thunderstorms, tornadoes, ice storms, and epic snow all in the same week -- use one of these six weather apps to get a bit more data than Apple supplies.

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09:05
MIT and Segway's robo-hackathon focuses on...

Robots have become smarter and more useful over the last year alone, and Segway Robotics is turning to developers for ideas on more meaningful applications for its Loomo bot. For three days starting February 10th, the company is co-hosting the MIT Ha...

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09:01
Billboard’s top 100 power people in the music...

If the music industry is indeed in turnaround, that’s in no small part due to the digital disrupter at No. 1, the live titan at No. 3, Alexa’s mastermind at No. 12 and the visionary label bosses, tech gurus, artist managers and media moguls (including 41 first-timers!) who comprise Billboard’s annual ranking of executive excellence.

Apple’s Eddy Cue, Jimmy Iovine, and Robert Kondrk are all tied at No. 4, while Larry Jackson and Bozoma Saint John are tied at No. 67.

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08:57
Apple's iPhone declines in China, and this year...

Perhaps the next iPhone 8 will be Apple’s next shot at achieving greatness in China.

The current iPhones aren’t helping Apple gain market share in China, according to Canalys. Markets like China and India are at the top of Apple’s agenda to grow the iPhone business.

China accounts for a third of worldwide smartphone shipments. Buyers in the market are leaning toward local brands like Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi, which formed the top four smartphone vendors in China in 2016, according to Canalys.

Apple was in the fifth spot, and Samsung doesn’t figure in the top five.

In 2016, Apple’s phone shipments in China totaled 43.8 million units, a drop of 18.2 percent compared to 2015. It’s not looking any better for Apple in 2017.

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08:56
Researchers find iCloud storing Safari history...




iCloud-stored Safari browser history was discovered to be stored on iCloud and accessible by an update to a newly-updated forensics data gathering suite for over a year even after deletion -- but Apple has already taken steps to rectify the problem.

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08:45
Samsung's QLED 4K TVs will start at $2,500

If you've been waiting to buy one of Samsung's QLED 4K TVs, which were unveiled at CES 2017, today is your lucky day. The company is now taking pre-orders for its Q7 and Q8 sets, starting at $2,500 for a 55-inch, non-curved model. In case that's not...

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08:35
Screen protector bubbles on your iPhone could be a...




Kawasaki this week showed off an industrial robot called "duAro" that can perfectly apply a screen protector to Apple's iPhone with no trapped air bubbles, accomplished in conjunction with Aldebaran and SoftBank's humanoid Pepper robot.

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08:24
Classic Hot Wheels cars are coming to 'Rocket...

It was announced a few days ago that real-life Rocket League toy cars are hitting shelves this spring. Now, the circle has been completed: Psyonix revealed this morning that it will introduce Hot Wheels to the Rocket League arena.

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08:23
iCloud was quietly storing years of cleared browsing...

The Verge:

This morning, a Russian forensics firm named Elcomsoft announced a way to extract years’ worth of web browsing records from Apple’s iCloud storage system, a method first reported by Forbes. Those records included site names, URLs, and when a given site was visited. Cleared browsing records are also visible in the records, although they are marked as “deleted” in the table. Mobile browsing records are also visible, although the sites themselves appear to be hashed in the most recent versions of iOS.

Wow. Looking forward to Apple’s official take on this.

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08:13
What’s next for Apple Watch? How sleep tracking,...

Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 both address a major flaw of the first-generation model with significant speed improvements, and all Apple Watches benefit from a performance boost and a simpler interface with watchOS 3. So what’s next for Apple Watch and watchOS this year? Let’s take a look at some of the next opportunities for Apple Watch (and a few rumors) that may tell us what Apple could be planning.

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08:12
KGI predicts wireless charging for all three new...

A new report from KGI predicts that all new iPhone models introduced in 2017 will feature wireless charging, on both the redesigned iPhone 8 and the iterative iPhone 7 devices expected to debut in the fall.

KGI has mentioned the addition of wireless charging previously. Today’s report reaffirms it will be available on all three new models after some reports to the contrary, not merely limited to the premium OLED device. However, the analyst warns there may be higher costs in production, especially with the 3D Touch sensor …

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08:07
∞ Bill Nye Saves the World

[VIDEO] Bill Nye Saves the World is coming to Netflix on April 21st. I am looking forward to this one. Click through to the main Loop post for the trailer.

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08:05
Wireless charging and new glass casing will require...




In reimagining the iPhone from the ground up with new features like wireless charging, Apple will reportedly also have to rethink how the handset is built, adding a thin graphite sheet to the handset's internals to prevent overheating.

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08:04
Deadbird shows a user’s deleted tweets

This is amazing. I’ve got a feeling about the first account people are going to check with this tool. Nice logo.

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08:00
After 50 years, scientists discover first-ever white...

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07:57
Steve Jobs’ NeXT IPO application

Click through for a glimpse at the NeXT public offering application, the so-called Form S-1. The form is dated November 18th, 1996, about seven months before Steve Jobs came back to Apple.

If that IPO had gone through, the world might be a radically different place.

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07:52
Samsung files for a ‘Samsung Hello’ trademark

The way I read this, this is Samsung striking out on their own, moving to brand their own voice personality, apart from “OK Google”, and competing with Siri and Alexa (and to a lesser extent, Cortana). The main difference is, Apple and Amazon have complete control over the hardware on which their voice assistants run. Google is, at some level, dependent on third party hardware (thought Google Home and the Pixel phone are Google from the ground up). Samsung does control its hardware, but is dependent on Google for Android.

All very interesting.

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07:45
The Apple Watch killer app? The flick of the wrist.

Bernard Desarnauts, writing about a Wristly panel of more than 2,400 Apple Watch users:

A majority of the panel members were checking their notifications via the watch regularly, which by definition means they’re not looking for that information on their phone.

And:

We found that an average Apple Watch user is using his or her iPhone quite a bit more than non-Apple Watch users.

Interesting. Here’s why:

This data point can be explained by the stage of market development, whereby an Apple Watch user is by definition among the power users of mobile.

Makes sense.

But what is insightful and somewhat contradictory to this data point is that those same Apple Watch owners open/pick up their iPhone at least 20 percent less than non-Apple Watch owners.

This quantifies the anecdotal reporting from our panel; wearing an Apple Watch helps reduce the number of notifications and interruptions from your iPhone, and helps users remain focused...

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07:40
Apple’s latest Safari Technology Preview beta...

Apple seeded its latest beta of Safari for developers yesterday, as it does every two weeks. Whilst the seeds usually contain little of interest to non-developers, the newest seed (Release 23) includes a few interesting changes.

Most notably, it includes Mac laptop battery life improvements for WebGL content by relying less on the dedicated GPU.

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07:40
Mobile app approved as an alternative contraceptive

For the first time, an app that monitors fertility via algorithms has been officially certified for contraception use. Germany's Department of Health approved the mobile Natural Cycles app, meaning it can now be prescribed by doctors in Europe and th...

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07:29
Touch Bar support is available to Microsoft Office...

John Voorhees, MacStories, shows off the specifics of Microsoft’s just-released support for the MacBook Pro Touch Bar. Currently, that support is only available via Microsoft’s Office Insider beta program, which you can sign up for here.

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07:24
Apple begins recruiting for unannounced store in...




Apple's rumored store in the Austrian capital of Vienna was confirmed on Thursday, as the company posted job listings for an unspecified location in the city.

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07:22
Feature Request: Tidy up the iOS status bar

For an operating system as simple as iOS, it’s surprising how much stuff can appear in the 20px status bar almost always visible when using an iPhone or iPad. Ever since the Apple Watch came out, I’ve had a bit of a pet peeve that the Bluetooth symbol is always visible there as I’m always paired to the watch.

Is it really necessary to show me something that is always there? This leads me into a feature request that isn’t a critical new addition to the system by any means, but a small refinement to polish the iOS experience. I believe the status bar is too cluttered with redundant information and would like to see Apple make it tidier and less busy …

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07:22
∞ Apple is not late to the VR game

Facebook is shuttering 200 Oculus VR popup stores. Magic Leap is said to be struggling to pull together a demo for a critical Board meeting. And some are complaining that Apple is late to the VR game. Click through to the main Loop post for details, and a bit of op-ed.

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07:20
Apple CEO Tim Cook Tackles Truth in the Digital Age

Apple CEO Tim Cook visited the University of Glasgow yesterday to be awarded an honorary doctorate. During the Q&A session, one audience member asked Cook to tell what the future looks like. Following is Cook's response: "The world is going through an enormous change. We used to watch three or four people tell us the news, and generally speaking most of us trusted that ... now you are growing up in an environment where everyone is telling you the news and everyone is trying to influence your opinion on something," Cook said. "Generally society hasn't moved as fast as technology has ... so all of us have been put in a position to make sure that when we hear something we automatically take it as our opinion that we think through the different views on it and unfortunately make sure it is accurate as well."


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07:06
Mac malware discovered in Microsoft Word document...




A second example of malware targeting macOS users has surfaced this week, with the discovery of a Word document that attempts to use an automatically-running macro, one that tries to download a hazardous payload to infect the target Mac.

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06:18
Apple's Tim Cook talks Brexit & more with...




In a Downing Street meeting on Thursday, Apple CEO Tim Cook and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May discussed a variety of topics, including local Apple investments and May's plans to withdraw her country from the European Union following a 2016 referendum.

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06:13
Sonnet announces Mac-compatible Dual-Port 10 Gigabit...

Sonnet Technologies has announced Mac compatible Twin 10G Thunderbolt 3 Edition Thunderbolt 3 to Dual-Port 10GBASE-T 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) adapter, and the Twin 10G SFP+ Thunderbolt 3 Edition Thunderbolt 3 to Dual-Port SFP+ 10GbE adapter. 

Both allow you to add10GbE network connectivity to a Mac with a Thunderbolt 3 port. They also enable users to connect their computers via copper or optical cables to high-speed network infrastructure and storage systems using the 10GbE standard. 

The Twin 10G Thunderbolt 3 adapter is equipped with two RJ45 ports, enabling users to connect their computers to a switch or other 10GbE interface via inexpensive CAT-6 or CAT-6A copper cabling at distances up to 55 or 100 meters, respectively. 

The Twin 10G SFP+ Thunderbolt 3 adapter is equipped with two SFP+ sockets, allowing users to select either short-range (up to 300 meters) or long-range (up to 10 kilometers) SFP+...

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06:13
LinkedIn enhances Premium subscriptions to help you...

LinkedIn is rolling out updates to its Premium subscription plans in a move to boost the value proposition and direct outcomes delivered through LinkedIn data on businesses, careers and education.

The changes are designed to make better use of both existing data and the new datasets LinkedIn is gathering on salary, company details and the courses its users are completing on LinkedIn Learning, a new service the company repackaged in September following its 2015 acquisition of Lynda.com.

“The goal for us on the Premium team is to deliver direct economic outcomes to our members,” says Gyanda Sachdeva, senior director of product management and head of LinkedIn’s Premium subscription products.

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06:04
Fate of screen supplier Japan Display unclear if...




Analysts predict that recent reorganizational efforts and a financial assist by the Japanese government for Apple supplier Japan Display, the prime supplier of iPhone screens, may not matter much if Apple does in fact shift to OLED screens in the "iPhone 8" and future models.

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05:42
Patent report: iOS/macOS items with flexible...

Future iPhones and iPads (and perhaps even Mac laptops) could have flexible displays. Apple has filed for a patent (number 20170040306) for “electronic devices with soft input-out components.”

In the patent filing, Apple notes that it can be challenging to incorporate input-output devices into an electronic device such as smartphones, tablets and computers. Form factor considerations, reliability considerations, and various other factors may make it difficult or impossible for conventional input-output components to be used in certain devices. 

For example, if an electronic device has bendable portions, traditional displays and touch sensors mounted in the device may be subject to stress-induced failures. Apple wants to be able to provide electronic devices with improved input-output devices — in other words, flexible screens.

Here’s Apple’s summary of the patent: “A flexible input-output device may be formed from an elastomeric substrate layer...

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05:15
iPad Air 2 models experiencing stock-outs, updated...

When Apple’s inventory runs low, a new model tends to be around the corner.

This seems to be the case with the iPad Air 2, wherein inventory levels have dropped as a trio of new models are rumored to soon launch, potentially suggesting the popular iPad Air 2 will be axed for a new model with faster processor.

Certain models of the table are not available from a number of authorized Apple resellers. At MacMall, neither the space gray nor silver variants of the 32-gigabyte Wi-Fi-only iPad Air 2 are in stock. And on the high end, B&H lists all LTE-equipped 128-gigabyte models as “no longer available,” suggesting inventory will not be replenished.

Over at the Apple Store, the silver, gold and space gray versions of the Wi-Fi iPad Air 2 will deliver no sooner than February 20th for online order. Retail availability also seems to be drying up, as some Apple store locations have stated that new inventory will arrive no sooner than February 24th.

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05:15
Rumor: special anniversary edition of the iPhone to...

Apple will launch a special 10th anniversary edition of the iPhone that will cost more than $1,000, according to Fast Company, quoting an unnamed “source with knowledge of Apple’s plans.”

I think this is true, though it’s not particularly shocking since the 256GB of the iPhone 7 Plus costs $969. Fast Company says the 2017 Apple smartphone — which may be dubbed the “iPhone 8” (the logical naming progression) or the “iPhone X” (in honor of the smartphone’s 10th birthday) — will sport a new 5.—inch OLED display, “which is said to look great and stretch across the whole front of the phone” but “will probably cost Apple roughly twice as much as the LCD display used in current iPhones.”

Fast Company says the iPhone X will also:

  • Look something like a smooth black monolith, with few visual...
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05:10
Tim Cook met with UK Prime Minister Theresa May this...

Following on from an appearance at the University of Glasgow yesterday, Tim Cook was spotted entering 10 Downing Street in London this morning, the home of the UK Prime Minister. A statement from a government representative confirms that Tim Cook did indeed meet with Prime Minister Theresa May at 10 AM GMT this morning.

The meeting covered Apple’s investments in the UK and the importance of digital skills in the workforce. May also outlined her Brexit plan to Cook, which will see the UK leave the European Union by 2019.

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05:00
Microsoft offers Touch Bar features in Office for...

This could be pretty nifty.

Following the original October event for the 2016 MacBook Pro, wherein it was announced that Microsoft Office would offer Touch Bar integration in the coming months, this appears to be about to come true.

Microsoft has announced that Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook would feature Touch Bar support, including quick access to text formatting, object ordering and other tools.

In the case of Word, users can enter Focus Mode to hide all distractions on their primary display with the most-commonly used formatting options visible, instead, on the Touch Bar.

Heading and paragraph styles appear pre-rendered as Touch Bar buttons so you can preview what the text will look like at a glance.

For PowerPoint, the the Touch Bar offers a miniature slide deck, wherein you can navigate and reorder a presentation with a few taps. You can also tap a Reorder Objects button to bring up a graphical map of all the slide’s elements.

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04:31
New Mac malware detected this week, based on...

Mac security researchers have found two separate instances of new macOS malware making the rounds this week, although the Mac exploit scene still remains far behind the sophisticated worms and trojan horses seen on Windows as noted by ArsTechnica.

One of the new malware exploits relies on an old Windows technique, exploiting code execution inside Word documents using macros. It is believed to be the first of its kind targeted at the Mac platform. Luckily, it’s easy to avoid in large part because it relies on such an old attack vector …

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