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Thursday March 16

01:42
Google Play Music has a few new options for playback...

After seemingly forgetting about Google Play Music for an extended period of time, the search juggernaut has been showing its music streaming app newfound love lately. The newest update across Android and iOS adds options for playback quality (low, n...

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00:19
Get ready to see more Twitter live streams

Twitter seriously wants to give Facebook a run for its money in its bid to transform into one of the largest online destination for live videos. According to The Information, the social network plans to announce next week that it's opening up its liv...

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Wednesday March 15

23:22
Watch these declassified nuclear test films on...

There's something both beautiful and unnerving about a mushroom cloud. The United States conducted around 216 atmospheric nuclear tests between 1945 and 1992, many taking place in Nevada and the Pacific Proving Grounds. Now, rare videos of those deto...

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21:47
NVIDIA and Bosch team up for AI-powered autonomous...

NVIDIA lined up quite a few partners at CES this year, including Audi and Mercedes, to use its powerful upcoming Xavier chip in autonomous vehicles. But days ago, Intel bought MobilEye for $15 billion to develop self-driving software and hardware to...

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20:31
Lucid's luxury electric car will start at $52,...

When the Lucid Air made its debut late last year, all the hype over the electric car's trick features was countered by one overriding question: would the price be anywhere near competitive with that of the Tesla Model S? Apparently, the answer is a s...

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20:30
Apple Park Flyover imagery, informational data shows...




Apple in a recent update to its Apple Maps service added satellite and drone imagery, as well as related geolocation tags, covering Apple Park, the company's headquarters that is currently under construction in Cupertino, Calif.

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19:46
The Great Barrier Reef's fate rests on slowing...

There's no question that the Great Barrier Reef and other coral fields are hurting as a result of rising water temperatures. But is there a relatively straightforward way to save them, or do they require more drastic action? Unfortunately, it's not...

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19:21
Apple Maps updated with proper Apple Park details...

Apple’s new Apple Park campus is officially set to open next month, and ahead of that, the company has recently updated Apple Maps with satellite imagery of the new campus and a proper description.

As can see into image above, you get some beautiful 3D imagery of Apple Park in Apple Maps, though not necessarily up to date. Nevertheless, we have some more details and images below…

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19:10
Apple’s next chapter in podcasting

This is a great article by Jason Snell on some of the things that Apple may do in the future to help podcasting and those that make them. I honestly don’t think Apple will do anything to help the small podcaster, but they’ll do what they can to help the huge people in the business. In other words, exactly what they did with publications on Newsstand.

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19:06
Stare into an active volcano with Google Street View

Standing next to a boiling lake of molten rock the size of two football fields has got to be awe-inspiring, but it's also pretty damn dangerous. Google partnered with two explorers to capture images of one such volcano as they rappelled down the wall...

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18:57
Apple’s U.S. forestry programs protects 36,000 acres...

Two years ago, Apple bought 3,600 acres in Brunswick County, North Carolina. According to The Conservation Fund, the Arlington, Virginia-based group Apple tapped to manage the effort, the project is starting to show returns – both for the Cupertino, California-based company and for the state of North Carolina.

Jena Thompson Meredith, vice president of business partnerships at The Conservation Fund, told the Triangle Business Journal that through Apple’s forest purchases in North Carolina and Maine, the organization has been able to protect 36,000 acres of sustainable forest. In 2016, the group harvested more than 13,000 metric tons of wood between the two forests, she says, though she did not break that number down by state.

Meredith says the collective annual production from the forests in North Carolina and Maine was equivalent to...

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18:35
Apple's U.S. forestry programs generated more...




Two years after Apple partnered with The Conservation Fund to protect more than 36,000 acres of vulnerable forestland in Maine and North Carolina, the ambitious project is showing returns, with more than 13,000 metric tons of wood harvested between the two states last year.

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18:22
Facebook adds an easy way to find your local...

In part of his 5,700-word manifesto last month, Mark Zuckerberg hinted at plans to make Facebook a more informed and civically engaged social network. Now, some of those ideas are getting a concrete solution with a new feature called Town Hall, which...

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18:06
Report: Twitter to expand live video efforts next...

While Twitter has already placed a focus on live streaming with Periscope, it is apparently looking to do even more. According to a report from The Information, Twitter plans to expand its live video push by opening its live streaming API to additional partners…

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17:32
10 ScreenFlow tips for beginners [Video]

When it comes to recording your Mac’s screen, there are lots of options available for macOS. In fact, Apple includes a built-in screen recording option in QuickTime, and if you only record your screen once in a blue moon then it’s a satisfying option.

If, however, you find yourself recording your screen on a regular basis, you should definitely look into an app that’s more powerful and agile. ScreenFlow 6 is hands-down the best screen recording app available on any platform in my opinion. It features a healthy mix of powerful features, a beautiful UI, and an intuitive interface that’s easy to use.

If you’ve never used ScreenFlow, or you’re just getting started, then this post is for you. Check out our hands-on video walkthrough as I guide you through 10 basic ScreenFlow tips....

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17:31
'Family Link' app gives kids their own...

For some time, child-proofing your tech meant using kid-specific login profiles to wall-off your progeny into the most harmless corners of your tablet. That's hardly a delicate or complex safety setup. Google has released an app, Family Link, that le...

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17:08
Federal judge temporarily suspends the revised...

A federal judge in Hawaii has halted President Donald Trump's immigration ban targeting six majority-Muslim nations, just one day before the order was scheduled to take effect. The technology industry has been a leading voice of opposition to a propo...

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16:11
The Conservation Fund outlines effects of its...

Back in 2015, Apple partnered with The Conservation Fund to protect 36,000 acres of forest. The partnership saw Apple purchase the land and use the paper from the forests for sustainable product packaging, with the company claiming that “forests stay forests” and harvested timber is done so in a sustainable way.

Two years later, The Conservation Fund is offering some details on the effects of the partnership with Apple and says that the return it is showing, especially in the 3,600 acres located in North Carolina…

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15:40
Inside a Phishing Gang That Targets Victims of...

tsu doh nimh writes: Brian Krebs has a readable and ironic story about a phishing-as-a-service product that iPhone thieves can use to phish the Apple iCloud credentials from people who have recently had an iPhone lost or stolen. The phishing service -- which charged as much as $120 for successful phishing attempts targeting iPhone 6s users -- was poorly secured, and a security professional that Krebs worked with managed to guess several passwords for users on the service. From there, the story looks at how this phishing service works, how it tracks victims, and ultimately how one of its core resellers phished his own iCloud account and inadvertently gave his exact location as a result. An excerpt from the report via Krebs On Security: "Victims of iPhone theft can use the Find My iPhone feature to remotely locate, lock or erase their iPhone -- just by visiting Apple's site and entering their iCloud username and password. Likewise, an iPhone thief can use those iCloud credentials to...

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15:35
GoPro cuts another 270 jobs

Despite a disappointing earnings report at the end of 2016, GoPro now expects to land "in the upper end" of its revenue goals for the first quarter of 2017 -- somewhere in the neighborhood of $190 million to $210 million. That's the good news. The ba...

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15:32
Yet another analyst raises AAPL target price, this...

Yesterday, a Morgan Stanley analyst expressed just how big of an impact the upcoming iPhone 8 could have on Apple’s stock price and unit sales. Now, RBC analyst Amit Daryanani has expressed his own bullish attitude towards AAPL, but his expectations are based almost entirely on Apple’s Services sector.

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14:57
AWT News Update: March 15, 2017

Kind of a slow news day today...but we've got three interesting little stories for you anyway:

  • The battle between Apple and a cartel of Australian banks continues over control of the iPhone's NFC chip
  • McDonald's will be rolling out a new app to allow pre-ordering and pre-payment of food prior to arrival at a restaurant
  • First they thought the iPhone 8 would have a curved OLED screen, then a flat OLED screen. Now the rumor is that it will be curved, but not insanely so

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14:57
Popular teen social app Wishbone hacked

Popular teen social networking app Wishbone was hacked, according to a report today from Motherboard. Now, millions of email addresses and thousands of cell phone numbers are circulating the internet, many of them from kids under 18.

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14:53
What is your top requested feature for the Apple...

The Apple Watch Series 2 released last year put a big focus on health and fitness with the inclusion of a GPS chip, enhanced waterproofing, a Nike+ edition, and more. Those were some of the top requested features when we asked you prior to its launch, so now we want to know what features or hardware upgrades you’re most anticipating for the Apple Watch 3 expected later this year.

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14:40
The Big AppleCare Sale: Save $50 to $130 on...




Now through March 17, AI readers can exclusively save $50 to $130 on standalone AppleCare plans for MacBooks, MacBook Airs, MacBook Pros, Mac Pros and iMacs with free shipping. Plus, Adorama will not collect sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

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14:34
Twitter hopes you want to watch live lacrosse

Good news -- Twitter has landed another sports streaming deal! Only... it's probably not what you were expecting. The social network has scored the rights to stream National Lacrosse League games for the 2017 and 2018 seasons in the US and Canada. Th...

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14:30
Review: Circle with Disney Parental Control and...

Internet-enabled iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices have made households more connected than ever, and a lot of families have moved away from the "one shared family computer" of days gone by into a situation where young kids may have their own iPods or shared iPads, and pre-teens and teens likely even have their own iPhones, all with the ability to independently access the Internet. While Apple does a pretty good job of offering parental restrictions, these have to be configured on each device specifically, and of course only apply to Apple's own devices; throw a few PCs or other non-Apple devices into the mix, and you're left trying to reconcile a confusing set of parental control options that will differ on every platform. This is where Circle Media's Circle with Disney ($99) comes into play — it's a simple box that connects to your Wi-Fi network to monitor and supervise your family's Internet activity, both in terms of where each member of your household can go...

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14:18
Tips and tricks for using Apple's Powerbeats3...




Though headphones are headphones for the most part, Apple's Powerbeats3 -- equipped with a proprietary W1 wireless chip, and geared towards fitness enthusiasts -- does have some unique features. Here's some tips for making the most of them.

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14:15
Apple Pay leads sluggish mobile wallet market

A new study by PYMNTS.com reveals that mobile wallet usage in the U.S.  remains small and shows no signs of increasing soon. However, Apple Pay leads the pack when it comes to number of consumer have at tied it at least once at 22%. That compares to about 15% for Samsung Pay and less than 10% for Android Pay.

According to the latest edition of the PYMNTS/InfoScout Mobile Payment Adoption less than one in 20 consumers who have one of the main wallet (Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Android Pay) use it when they can. The study also showed percentage of people who have so much as tried a mobile wallets appears has flatlined for most mobile wallets – except Apple Pay, which has been in the market the longest and actually seen its first time...

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14:10
Fossil's smartwatches start receiving Android...

Fossil may have been a bit late to introducing Android Wear watches, but it's one of the fastest out of the gate with the Android Wear 2.0 upgrade. The fashion brand has started rolling out Google's latest software to its Q Founder, Q Marshal and Q W...

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14:03
Analyst: Apple is on track for its Services business...

In a note to clients — as note by AppleInsider — RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani says Apple is on track for its Services business revenue estimates so far.

Services — Apple Music subscriptions, iTunes Music, iCloud storage plans, paid apps from Apple's App Store, and Apple Care service plans, Apple Pay, etc. — now account for 9% of Apple's overall revenue. In January Apple CEO Tim Cook said the Services category is on the verge of being a Fortune 100 business unto itself. He adds that the goal is to double the $7.17 figure over the next four years. Services now accounts for 9% of Apple’s revenue.

Daryanani says that for Apple to hit its Services projections, the company would have to grow revenues from the division by 18% over the next four years. On the average, Apple has grown Services by 21% per year,...

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13:52
NASA plans to make a telescope out of the Sun

As NASA astronomers peer further and further into space, they require ever larger and more powerful telescopes to do so. That's why one team of researchers from the Jet Propulsion Lab have proposed using the biggest object in our solar system, the Su...

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13:51
Kantar: iPhone 7 top selling smartphone in U.S.,...




A new report by Kantar Worldpanel examining global smartphone sales data shows Apple's flagship iPhone 7 continues to win new market share for Apple in most of the regions tracked, outside of Spain, China and Japan.

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13:35
Notable apps and app updates for March 15, 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.

macOS Apps/Updates

Twocanoes Software has released Winclone 6, an upgrade to its Boot Camp cloning and migration software for the Mac. 

The software lets you clone Windows on a Mac Boot Camp partition. The update features support for migrating Boot Camp to new MacBook Pro models, an updated interface, a new toolbar, in-app purchasing, file-based cloning, read/write mounting of NTFS volumes and support for Windows WIM format for package-based deployments.

Winclone 6 requires macOS 10.11 or higher, Windows 7 64-bit (on supported Mac hardware) or higher including Windows 10, and a Boot Camp partition.

A basic license (non-commercial, one license per computer) costs $19.9. A standard license (commercial and personal, one...

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13:30
This 8K 'VR' ride is the craziest thing I...

When I heard that several Japanese companies were getting together to show off an 8K VR ride at SXSW, I was instantly excited. I've spent a lot of time writing about 4K video, but haven't had much time with 8K setups, let alone one in VR. After getti...

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13:24
Services growth on track to deliver big long-term...




An analyst claims that Apple is on track for its services business revenue estimates so far, and any large acquisitions it may make will just accelerate the growth driven by the iPhone 7, and successor "iPhone 7s" and "iPhone 8" devices expected in 2017.

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13:03
Apple invites customers to three global store grand...

First mentioned last February, Apple is finally opening their largest Florida-based retail store in the growing Downtown Miami area. Alongside its March 25th unveiling, Apple is also inviting customers to their Nanjing Jinmao and Schildergasse location openings.

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13:00
Moog celebrates music and the machines that make it

The synth-heavy Moogfest at SXSW (the main event is in May) is scheduled during the overlap of the festival's Interactive and Music tracks. That makes sense, because it's the perfect combination of music and technology. The pulsing tones of a synthes...

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12:43
Chrome 57 for Mac throttles background tabs for...




The desktop versions of Chrome -- including the Mac edition -- now throttle the performance of background tabs, according to Google, reducing CPU demand and hence the browser's power consumption on MacBooks.

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12:38
Chrome for iOS adds a Safari-like Reading List

As part of its latest update, Google Chrome for iOS just got a so-called Reading List feature, allowing users to save pages for offline viewing. If that sounds familiar, it's because Safari has had a similar feature for years now.

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12:17
McDonald's tests mobile ordering on coastal...

If you've ever thought that fast food wasn't fast enough, then it looks like McDonald's latest initiative has you covered. The takeout chain has begun trialling mobile ordering at restaurants in Monterey and Salinas, California. Hungry patrons will n...

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12:08
Polar H10 Bluetooth Heart Rate Sensor offers...




Wearable technology company Polar has introduced the H10 Bluetooth Heart Rate Sensor, with the new version of the chest-worn device offering greater accuracy over previous models, plus the ability to be connected to an iPhone and Apple Watch using the company's app.

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11:55
Facebook's Snapchat-like Stories are now...

Facebook's quest to clone Snapchat features wherever possible just took its next logical step. Just a couple of months after it started testing Stories in the main Facebook app, the social network has rolled out the feature to many (though currently...

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11:51
Accenture and Docker Team on Container Services


Accenture and Docker on Wednesday announced an expanded global alliance and the availability of container services within the Accenture Cloud Factory. The new services provide a faster industrialized on-ramp solution for enterprises moving to the cloud. They focus on container enablement of applications and feature use of Docker Datacenter Enterprise Edition - Standard. Docker Datacenter is an integrated container management platform for development and IT operations that brings security, policy and controls to the software delivery lifecycle.

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11:37
McDonald’s says new mobile ordering app will be...

Earlier this month, we told you about a new mobile ordering app being planned and tested by McDonald’s. Now, a new report from Reuters offers more details on the upcoming app, as well as the company’s push to catch up with established mobile ordering offerings from competitors like Starbucks…

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11:33
58 tech companies file amicus brief against revised...

Nearly 60 tech companies have submitted an amicus curiae brief to a Hawaii district court on Wednesday, denouncing the Trump administration's revised travel ban, which is scheduled to go into effect on tomorrow.

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11:15
Frank Oz on Muppets, puppets and CG Yoda

Frank Oz needs no introduction. He's voiced iconic characters like Yoda and Miss Piggy and directed classic films like Little Shop of Horrors and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. His impact extends far beyond geek circles; he's a creative legend in Hollywood...

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11:14
Buzz Aldrin’s hologram will take you on a dazzling...

The VR film “Cycling Pathways to Mars” is coming to Steam and HTC’s Viveport on March 17.

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11:01
Comment: Apple Watch Series 3 could solve these...

The challenges and benefits of a cellular Apple Watch is something I’ve considered throughout different pieces before, but I haven’t always been sure one actually needs to exist yet. I’ve continued thinking about this possibility, however, and now a cellular option is at the top of my wish list for the Apple Watch Series 3. A cellular option could solve specific problems that the faster, GPS-equipped Apple Watch Series 2 hasn’t resolved.

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10:51
Facebook Gets Tough on Spy Apps


Facebook has moved to prevent spy applications from accessing its users' data. The company has updated its Facebook and Instagram policies to prohibit developers from using data obtained from those platforms in surveillance tools, according to Rob Sherman, deputy chief privacy officer. Facebook already has taken enforcement actions against devs who created and marketed surveillance tools in violation of the company's previous policy, he noted, adding that "we want to be sure everyone understands the underlying policy and how to comply."

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10:50
NVIDIA brings benchmarking to VR

If you've ever wanted to make sure that your PC's virtual reality setup is running as well as it possibly can, you now have the software you need. NVIDIA has released its promised FCAT VR tool, which can check for dropped or synthesized frames, warp...

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10:47
McDonald's tests mobile ordering from iOS app...




McDonald's has started to test mobile ordering of food from some of its restaurants, with customers in areas of Washington and California among the first to try out the iOS app's new feature, which the fast food chain hopes to spread globally later this year.

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10:34
Three new Apple retail stores to open this Saturday

Apple will open a new retail store at the new Brickell City Centre shopping mall in Miami this Saturday, March 25, at 10 a.m. (local time). It will be the company’s fourth store in the city. 

The store is located at 701 S. Miami Avenue. The Brickell City Centre establishment won’t be the only Apple retail store opening that day. New Apple stores will open at Schildergasse in Cologne, Germany and Jinmao Place in Nanjing, China, which also open at 10 a.m. (local time), respectively. All three are brand new stores, not renovated or relocated ones. 

With the opening of the stores, Apple will have 493 retail stores in 22 countries and an online store available in 39 countries.

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10:28
Cancelled '90s arcade fighter 'Primal Rage...

Forget Tekken 7, 2017's hottest new fighting game has just arrived - only it's 22 years later than originally expected. After being cancelled in 1995, Kotaku reports that Atari's long-lost Primal Rage II has found its way onto the internet. Downloadi...

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10:14
Opinion: HP has out-"Mac mini'd" the...

Apple has been sitting on its hands, literally doing nothing with most of the Mac desktop lineup. Sure, we've seen fairly recent updates to the MacBook and MacBook Pro lines, and the iMac received a speed bump a few years ago, but the company has totally ignored both the Mac Pro (last updated 12/19/2013) and the Mac mini (10/6/2014). Now HP has released a new desktop box called the HP Elite Slice Desktop that puts the Mac mini to shame in terms of size and expandability.

HP Elite Slice Desktop

This thing makes the Mac mini look downright dated. It's in a sleek black box with cooling slots along the top that is only 6.5 x 6.5 x 1.38 inches big. By comparison, the Mac mini is 7.7 inches on a side. But the one feature that impressed me the most is that there's a modular architecture that provides connectivity to "slices", which are modules that stack with the HP Elite Slice Desktop...

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10:06
Universal Audio’s Fuchs Overdrive Supreme 50...

An homage to the lusted after, utterly mysterious Dumble Overdrive Special, the Fuchs Overdrive Supreme 50 Amplifier caught on with players nearly two decades ago, delivering smooth, complex overdrive, and deep, three-dimensional clean tones with endless headroom.

This new Brainworx amp plug-in made for Universal Audio sounds outstanding. I got it last night and will be giving it a go over the next few days. Watch the video and take a listen to the sound samples. Amazing.

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10:03
Sound waves can be used to fool your phone's...

It's tempting to assume that the sensors on your mobile devices are trustworthy. Surely something that relies on real-world activity can't lie, right? Unfortunately, that's no longer the case. Scientists have discovered that you can fool mobile devic...

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09:58
Retirees knit tiny sweaters to warm backyard chickens

When a group of Boston retirees learned that their feathered next-door neighbours were too cold to lay eggs, they busted out their needles and got to work.

I had to post this, I just had to. Much respect.

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09:54
News: More than 180,000 apps could be rendered...

A warning dialog discovered by developers working with the iOS 10.3 beta stating that apps that have not been updated to include 64-bit support “will not work with future versions of iOS” has led Sensor Tower to determine that the new restriction could affect about 8 percent of apps on the App Store, effectively rendering them obsolete. While there’s no solid evidence that iOS 11 will be the final cutoff for apps that are 32-bit-only, Apple…

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09:45
Winclone 6: The best way to Migrate and Backup your...

My thanks to Twocanoes Software for sponsoring The Loop with Winclone 6 this week.

Winclone is the award-winning Mac app used to backup, clone, restore, and migrate Windows installed on your Boot Camp partition. Winclone 6 adds in a bunch of new features, including full compatibility with the new MacBooks and MacBook Pros, ability to mount your Boot Camp partition as a writable volume, a fresh new look and much more.

Get 50% off all editions of Winclone 6 this week with coupon code THELOOP

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09:43
Apple's Brickell City Centre store in downtown...




Apple's first store in downtown Miami -- Brickell City Centre -- will see a grand opening on Saturday, March 25, the company has announced.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: SanDisk 32GB USB-A/C Flash...

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09:13
This deal lasts a lifetime: The 10-app Lifetime Mac...

Some our most popular deals in the Apple World Today Deals Shop recently have been for lifetime licenses to various apps. The lifetime licenses give you free access to all major and minor upgrades...forever. Now we've taken ten top-rated Mac apps with lifetime licenses, rolled 'em into the Lifetime Mac Bundle, and we're selling them to you for just $49. 

Um, wait. Did we just say $49? If you enter the coupon code MACBUNDLE10 at checkout, you can take an additional $10 off the price to make it just $39.

What apps do you get in the Lifetime Mac Bundle?

  • NetSpot Pro: Optimize your Wi-Fi connection
  • Sticky Password Premium: Never forget a...
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09:05
Google adds a read-it-later feature to Chrome for iOS

Google just added “read it later” bookmarking functionality to the latest version of Chrome for iOS. This appears to be an iOS-only function for now and is similar to Safari’s reading list feature that first rolled out with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion in 2011.

Like Safari’s Reading List, you hit the share button in Chrome and choose Read Later from the menu. Chrome will then save the page for you. To access your reading list, tap the menu button in the upper right corner (the three vertical dots) and select Reading List.

Ian Paul/Macworld

The Read Later option on Chrome for iOS.

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09:02
Apple Found Guilty of Russian Price-Fixing

An anonymous reader shares a BBC report: Russia's competition watchdog has found that Apple fixed the prices of certain iPhone models sold in the country. The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (Fas) said that Apple's local subsidiary told 16 retailers to maintain the recommended prices of phones in the iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 families. Non-compliance with the pricing guidelines may have led to the termination of contracts, it found. At the time of the investigation, Apple denied that it controlled its products' pricing, telling Reuters that resellers "set their own prices for the Apple products they sell in Russia and around the world." The regulator said Apple had now ended its price-fixing practices but has not said whether the company faces a fine. The FAS claimed that Apple Rus monitored the retail prices for the iPhone 5c, 5s, 6, 6 Plus, 6s and 6s Plus.

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08:56
Australian banks call alternatives to NFC '...




Major banks in Australia find alternatives to NFC-based payments, such as Apple Pay, to be an "unrealistic" prospect to the Australian mobile payment marketplace, according to a submission provided to a government regulator, arguing for Apple to open up access of the iPhone's NFC technology to third parties.

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08:50
New 9.7-inch iPad Pro 2 reported to be minor upgrade...

With rumors swirling about three different iPads in the wings, but with no event confirmed, it’s still unclear what Apple has in the cards for the spring product releases. There have been rumors about Apple pushing forward production of the edge-to-edge 10.5-inch iPad but an absence of online leaks. An update to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is also expected but the timeline is unclear.

Today, Macotakara is posing the idea that a new 9.7-inch iPad Pro 2, with the first version released almost a year ago, could be the first new Apple product of the year. It is reportedly a minor, iterative, update over the current iPad Pro with no external design changes.

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08:47
WhatsApp & Telegram vulnerabilities allowed...

A recently disclosed vulnerability by Check Point proved that both WhatsApp and Telegram were susceptible to particularly nefarious online attacks. While most attacks only garner tidbits of user data, these allowed attackers to gain full control of user accounts. Once in, attackers could download previously shared photos, contact information, and even more importantly gain access to a user’s friends accounts as well. Both companies acknowledged and released fixes to help patch the web client vulnerabilities.

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08:12
Supply chain suggests Apple's 'iPhone 8...




Yet another report has emerged from the Chinese supply chain, suggesting that while the high-end "iPhone 8" will have a curved screen, but it won't be so pronounced as to make it unrecognizable as an iPhone at first glance.

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07:59
Drone Diary: The DJI Mavic Pro flies autonomously...

Flying a drone manually is fun, but there are some manoeuvres that are virtually impossible to fly smoothly. Circling an object or person, for example. You’d need to constantly change the balance of forward/backward and left/right inputs to fly the circle in the first place, then simultaneously keep rotating the camera by just the right amount to keep it pointed at the centre of the circle. Anyone who can do that perfectly is either a drone genius or has way more than the usual number of hands.

The DJI Go app offers a range of intelligent flight modes – aka autonomous flying. But a third-party app, Litchi, goes even further: it allows you to program your flight path in Google Earth before you even leave home. As soon as you arrive on site, just load the pre-programmed flight and hit Start.

I decided to give it a go with my ultraportable done, the DJI Mavic Pro I reviewed ...

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07:54
iPhone manufacturer Pegatron says it’s ready for U.S...

Apple has recently been facing increased pressure to move some of its manufacturing to the United States, with reports claiming that the company was investigating cost and other factors. Now, the CEO of Pegatron, one of Apple’s manufacturing partners, has addressed the topic of U.S. manufacturing in a new interview…

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Samsung could rejoin Apple's iPhone processor...




Samsung is reportedly intensifying its investments into chip production, with an eye on once again manufacturing A-series processors for Apple starting in 2018.

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07:39
Nikkei: iPhone 8 OLED display curves to be ‘gentler...

Latest iPhone 8 design concept

This fall Apple is expected to introduce three new iPhone models: iterative iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus updates, and a third model with a new design and screen size. According to a new report today, however, the so-called premium iPhone 8 model may only be visually more advanced rather than functionally.

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07:29
Latest drone footage of Apple Park makes iPad event...

The latest drone footage of the Apple Park construction progress is in, and it makes an iPad event in the Steve Jobs Theater seem unlikely. We can only now be a matter of weeks away from the event, and there appears to be just too much mess – and too many potential hazards – for Apple to risk having 1,000 people wandering through the site.

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07:20
News: Russian government finds Apple guilty of price...

After an investigation that started last August, Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service has found Apple guilty of price fixing, The Financial Times reports. The FAS claims Apple told 16 Russian retailers to set prices at a specific level and threatened to terminate sales agreements with those who refused to comply. In its statement, the FAS said Apple’s Russian subsidiary has been monitoring resellers’ pricing since the release of the…

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07:18
A look inside the first Apple HomeKit homes in San...

After first announcing plans to offer new home upgrade packages for Apple’s HomeKit platform last year, homebuilder KB Home this week gave local news station Kron 4 a tour of the first builds with the accessories installed.

The homes featured in the video below are part of a KB Home development in San Jose, the first to offer the new HomeKit packages, known as Promenade at Communications Hill. The development is located at 307 Adeline Street and offers three floor plans for the new builds ranging from $970,000 to just over $1.1 million....

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07:09
Speculation suggests Apple could debut new 9.7-inch...




With Apple rumored to unveil new products next week, but no media event seemingly planned, onlookers have been left to guess what --?if anything --?the company could launch with so little fanfare. One wild guess: A new 9.7-inch iPad, potentially replacing the iPad Air 2.

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07:04
Over 187,000 apps will be obsolete when iOS goes 64-...

Some 187,000 apps could be rendered useless with the launch of "iOS 11," according to the app analytics firm Sensor Tower — as noted by AppleInsider. That is the update is when Apple plans to kill 32-bit support.

That seems like a reasonable time table. The next version of iOS 11 will almost certainly be previewed at Apple’s 2017 Worldwide Developer Conference, which will be held June 5-9.

Apple has supported 64-bit apps on iOS since the launch of the iPhone 5s in September 2013. However, the company has also required developers submit new apps with 64-bit support since February 2015 and app updates since June 2015.

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06:50
News: Leaked image reveals Apple’s ‘iPhone...

Photo: Motherboard New images obtained by Motherboard appear to show the specially designed “iPhone Calibration Machine” that Apple uses for screen replacements. One former Apple employee said the machine appeared after the release of the iPhone 5s and was “not very Apple-like at all.” The ex-Apple Genius said the machine had a much more utilitarian feel than Apple’s consumer devices, resembling something more like “a…

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06:40
Over 187,000 apps could become obsolete with Apple...




Some 187,000 apps could be rendered useless with the launch of "iOS 11," according to an app analytics firm, assuming the anticipated update is when Apple plans to kill 32-bit support.

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06:38
Canalys: the smartwatch market will grow 18% in 2017

Good news for the Apple Watch: the Canalys research group predicts that the smartwatch market will grow 18% in 2017, with 28.5 million units being shipped. This will mean the total value of smartwatch shipments in 2017 will reach $10 billion.

Canalys forecasts that there will be further declines in the traditional watch industry as smartwatch manufacturers release more high-end models. As the average selling price of smartwatches climbs, the value of the smartwatch market will reach about two-thirds that of the predicted value of the traditional Swiss watch market this year, according to the research group.

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06:16
Rare working Apple I heading to auction

[VIDEO] MacRumors:

In 1976, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak designed and built the Apple I, or Apple-1, the company’s first computer. Of the 175 sold, only 50 to 60 or so remain in existence, including just eight functioning ones, making the iconic machine a rare collector’s item worth significantly more than its original $666.66 price.

This one is coming up for auction in May. Click through to the main Loop post for a video showing the Apple I at work.

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06:13
Pegatron willing to make iPhones, iPads in the U.S....

Pegatron Corp., one of the two Taiwanese companies that assemble iPhones and iPads, is willing to move that part of its operations to the U.S. if Apple will absorb the additional costs, reports Focus Taiwan.

Pegatron CEO Liao Syh-jang was responding to questions raised at an investor conference about the company's plans for its assembly plants in light of the comments by U.S. President Donald Trump that American brands should keep their production on home soil.

"As long as there is demand, whether the clients are American or Chinese, Pegatron already has its production lines in place," Liao said. "If Trump institutes his Made in America proposal, it will be fine for Pegatron as long the client is willing to absorb the costs.”

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06:13
News: Apple releases sixth betas of tvOS 10.2 and...

Apple has released a sixth set of new betas to developers today — tvOS 10.2 for Apple TV and watchOS 3.2 for Apple Watch. The tvOS 10.2 update boasts improved scrolling support, and watchOS 3.2 brings the screen-disabling Theater Mode to the Apple Watch, among other improvements....

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06:11
Apple Watch shines in Cleveland Clinic heart rate...

Science Daily:

Researchers at Cleveland Clinic put five popular wrist-worn fitness trackers to the test to find out how accurately they gauge heart rate across several types of exercise and intensity levels.

And:

The devices chosen for testing (Apple Watch, Fitbit Blaze, Garmin Forerunner 235, and TomTom Spark Cardio) were based on their popularity and sales figures. Researchers then recorded volunteers’ heart rates at rest and after light, moderate and vigorous exercise across three types of activities, including the treadmill, stationary bike and elliptical (with and without hand levers). Measurements on the wearable devices were compared to readings from the chest strap and EKG.

And:

While the watch-style heart rate monitors may accurately report heart rate at rest, and most were acceptable on the treadmill, they were fairly inaccurate while bicycling or using the elliptical. Of the wrist-worn heart rate monitors, only the Apple Watch provided...

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06:10
Samsung planning to win back iPhone & iPad chip...

Samsung’s chip business has been increasingly left out in the cold by Apple as the company has favored Taiwanese rival TSMC for the A-series processors used it its iPhones and iPads. TSMC won all of Apple’s business for the A-series chips used in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7, and is reported to be the exclusive supplier for the 10nm A11 chip destined for the iPhone 8.

But it seems Samsung hasn’t yet given up hope of winning future business from Apple. Korea’s ET News reports that the company is accelerating plans for 7nm chips in the hopes that these might be used for next year’s iPhones …

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06:01
iOS market share grows in all but three markets over...

The latest mobile operating system sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech shows that iOS achieved continued growth across most regions tracked, except for Japan, Spain, and Urban China. Android also continued to post market share increases in all regions but the U.S., as “no other ecosystem is challenging the two giants – iOS and Android,” according to the research group.

In the three months ending January 2017, Android accounted for 56.4% of smartphone sales in the US, down 1.8 percentage points from the period a year earlier. iOS accounted for 42% of smartphone sales, up 2.9 percentage points year-on-year.

In EU5 [France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and United Kingdom], Android accounted for 74.3% of smartphone sales in the latest period, a marginal increase from 72.9% in the three months ending January 2016. iOS held a 22.7% share, with iPhone 7 remaining the top-selling device in Great Britain, France,...

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06:00
Popular email app Spark updated with labels, better...

Spark, Readdle’s free email app for macOS, has been updated today to version 1.2 with new features that should help out compulsive inbox organizers. The update introduces labels, improved folder management, and a smarter search functionality, helping round out the app’s overall productivity.

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News: Daily Deal: Gekkopod Mobile Smartphone Mount

Today in iLounge Deals, you can pick up the Gekkopod Mobile Smartphone Mount for only $19.95 — that’s 20% off the regular price. This light and versatile smartphone and GoPro mount will let you position your iPhone in just about any position you can imagine for rock steady shots every time. Perch it on a rock or tree, hook it onto your bike, or just use it as a glorified selfie stick; it’s compatible with nearly all smartphones and GoPros,…

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05:57
Ugreen Apple Watch charger, no cable required

Jeff Benjamin, 9to5Mac, reviews a portable Apple Watch charger stick that not only comes with a built-in magnetic Apple Watch charging bubble, it also comes with a built-in USB-A port so you can top off your iPhone charge at the same time as you charge your watch.

Great concept. Wish all chargers had this. I’d never need to travel with that single-purpose Apple Watch cable again.

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05:55
Pegatron confirms it can build the iPhone in the US...




After a few months of revenue boosted by Apple production demands, manufacturing partner Pegatron's CEO says that the company could build the "iPhone 7s" and "iPhone 8" in the U.S. if it is asked to -- but Apple would have to shoulder all of the company's costs for doing so.

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05:49
iOS 11 lock screen concept

Matt Birchler:

iOS 11 will all but surely be revealed at WWDC in June this year, and I would expect something to change on the lock screen there. So before Apple shows us what we’re getting in iOS 11, I decided to design my own new lock screen for iOS.

Matt has some excellent ideas here, designed to wring some usefulness from the lock screen, beyond checking the data and time and seeing notifications that have occurred since your last unlock.

I’ve long felt we should have the ability to fine tune what shows up on the lock screen and that Apple should open up the lock screen to developers. For example, I’d love to see the current temp/weather, along with my next appointment, on my lock screen.

Great writeup, worth reading.

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05:45
Hackers hijack Twitter accounts to tweet about Nazis...

Twitter Counter, a third-party analytics service, appears once again to have provided a gateway for hackers to post messages to high-profile Twitter accounts.

An unlikely number of Twitter users suddenly learned to speak Turkish on Wednesday, posting an inflammatory message in the language replete with Nazi swastikas.

Among those posting the message were the Twitter accounts of Forbes magazine, the Atlanta Police Department, and Amnesty International, one of the few hacked accounts one might expect to speak Turkish.

Fears that these accounts had all been hacked were quickly allayed, when Twitter identified a third-party app as being to blame.

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05:24
Futuracha Pro: quirky font, watch the magic as you...

Futuracha Pro is an Open Type Font, originally based on Futura, which includes a large set of ligatures which change dramatically depending on the letter before and after the letter you are typing. This concept is best seen in motion.

Watch the video embedded in the main Loop post and jump to about 1:07 to watch the magic.

The key is the ever-expanding library of ligatures, which you can add to. Futuracha Pro is homing in on the end of its Indiegogo campaign, having long ago reached their original funding goal. This is definitely my favorite new font.

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05:10
PSA: Here’s how to secure your Twitter account...

Thousands of Twitter users have this morning had their accounts hijacked and used to tweet a swastika and Nazi hashtags. The attack appears to be in support of Turkey’s President, urging support for a referendum which could allow President Erdoğan to remain in power until 2029.

The Verge reports that many verified and high-profile Twitter accounts were compromised, and that the hijack appears to have been carried out via a third-party app.

Accounts operated by Amnesty International, Duke University, Reuters Japan, and BBC North America were among those hijacked. Several users have noted that all hijacked tweets appear to have been linked to Twitter Counter, a Netherlands-based analytics application. Twitter Counter was...

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05:06
While you slept, massive swastika-laced Twitter hack

The Guardian:

Thousands of Twitter accounts, including high profile ones belonging to users such as Forbes, Amnesty International, the BBC’s North American service, and tennis star Boris Becker were compromised on Wednesday morning, resulting in them tweeting propaganda related to Turkey’s escalating diplomatic conflict with Germany and the Netherlands.

All the compromised accounts were attacked through their use of a popular third-party analytics service, Twitter Counter.

There are captured images of a few of the tweets in the Guardian article.

This does beg the question: If your account was hacked, what do you do?

Here’s a link to Twitter’s official My account has been hacked page. Tuck this one away and hope you never need it.

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05:00
Apple joins Google, other tech companies in...

Apple has joined Amazon and Microsoft in a court filing which supports Google’s decision to resist an FBI warrant demanding that it hand over emails stored outside the USA. The tech companies argue that this would set a ‘troubling’ precedent.

As reported, the FBI served search warrants ordering Google to surrender emails belonging to suspects in a criminal investigation. The emails themselves were stored on a server outside the USA. Google, in turn, refused, arguing that a domestic search warrant could not apply to data stored in a foreign country.

A Pennsylvania court both disagreed and instructed Google to comply with the warrant. Google has since appeared the ruling, with Apple, Amazon and Microsoft jointly filing an amicus brief in support of Google.

The filing does not suggest that the government is necessarily wrong to seek to extend the law to data stored overseas, but rather argues that the current law does not permit this, and it is for Congress –...

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05:00
LG uses third-party fixes to provide shielding,...

It looks like the interference issue on the LG UltraFine 5K displays available through Apple have been resolved.

Following continued testing, the new monitors are apparently very slightly sensitive to high-powered RF emissions like from a very close cell tower or military radar like any monitor, the interference problems are rectified, with older monitors retrofitted by authorized third parties even less sensitive to the same emissions.

The new units, which have a slightly different shielding plate than the first run of fixed units. While the vast majority of users won’t see a problem, users within about 50 feet of an active cell tower, or a civil or military radar installation are experiencing the disconnect issues.

As it turns out, most monitors can be impacted up to 35 feet from a very powerful emitter. An original LG UltraFine 5K display with the retrofitted shielding is protected to 21 feet, better than average.

The testers offered the following...

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04:30
The second gen Gamevice really enhances game playing...

The second generation of the Gamevice controller has been upgraded with new buttons and thumb sticks, and it’s great for “old school” (think Pac Man) gamers like me. 

It’s compatible with the iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPad mini, iPad Air , 9.7-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro. I’m using it with my iPhone 7 Plus, though I’m tempted to get one for my 12.9-inch iPad Pro, though I suspect that would make the super-sized tablet just too unwieldy.

The Gamevice clamps around the top and bottom of your iOS device and provides buttons and analog sticks. The two halves of the controller are connected by a rubberized strap that runs the length of the back of your iPhone or iPad with the Gamevice attaching to your Apple device via a Lightning port. Bluetooth connectivity would be a nice alternative, but, alas, this isn’t an option. Once plugged in, the Gamevice is automatically recognized by your iOS. 

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04:04
iPhone market share grew in all but three countries...

The latest Kantar data shows that iOS continued to grow its market share in all but three countries – with the iPhone 7 remaining the top-selling smartphone in the largest markets.

In the three months ending January 2017, iPhone market share in the U.S. was up 2.9 points year-on-year to hit 42%. This was a 1.5% increase on the two-year record reported for the previous quarter. All Android manufacturers combined totalled 56.4%, with other mobile operating systems all essentially now irrelevant.

In Europe, the iPhone retained its 22.7% share, with the iPhone 7 the best-selling phone in France, Germany and the UK. iOS did, however, see its market share fall in three markets …

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