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Friday February 10

08:57
Gear: Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 7 and iPhone...

Mophie’s Juice Pack Air ($100) has arrived for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The wireless charging case can fully recharge an iPhone 7, while the iPhone 7 Plus case can recharge the larger iPhone back up to 60 percent battery. A matte slider-style case, Juice Pack Air’s Lightning connector plugs into the iPhone, while the case can be recharged using a micro-USB port at the bottom, or one of Mophie’s Charge Force magnetic wireless…

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08:52
Setapp for Mac review

The author is a developer himself (Product Designer and Founder of Realmac Software), so his thoughts on this subscription-based service are from a different perspective.

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08:40
Sprint’s latest unlimited data plan includes up to 5...

In their latest effort to pull customers away from other carriers, Sprint has started offering a new unlimited plan with up to 5 lines for $90/month. This limited time offer from the fourth most used U.S. wireless carrier comes on the heels of T-Mobile simplifying and bundling taxes and fees into their plans. In contrast, last month both AT&T and Verizon made changes to dissuade their customers from continuing on with grandfathered unlimited plans. We’ll break down the fine print of Sprint’s newest offer after the break…

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08:36
Snapchat is getting a reality TV show from A+E

The running theme for Snapchat this year? It wants to be seen as more than an ephemeral messaging service. One way it can accomplish that is by bringing on more original content, like with its exclusive Planet Earth II deal. Now Snapchat is planning...

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08:09
Dodge repurposes its parking tech to safeguard police

Fiat Chrysler has cleverly re-purposed some not-state-of-the-art tech on its police cars to protect officers. The radar and cameras at the rear of its Charger Pursuit vehicles can now detect movement behind the car when its parked, alerting officers...

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08:00
How to enable two-step verification in WhatsApp for...




Following a months-long testing period, Facebook's WhatsApp has enabled two-step account verification as extra security for all users of its mobile messaging app. Here's how to enable the feature on your iPhone.

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07:42
Sprint offers five unlimited lines for $90, but only...

Sprint's latest subscription deal makes a great headline: Get five lines of unlimited data, talk and text for just $90 a month! But, as usual in the mobile world, there's a catch. That great pricing will only last until the end of March 2018, accordi...

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07:34
Apple meets with Chinese consumer watchdog in...




A representative from Apple has met with the government-affiliated China Consumer Association, advising the watchdog of the progress it has made in combatting the battery issues plaguing some iPhone 6s units.

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07:31
Apple VP Jennifer Bailey says Australian customers...

Apple Pay vice president Jennifer Bailey has responded to the legal dispute taking place between Apple and the major Australian banks, in an interview with AFR.com. Bailey revealed that participating customers in Australia use the contactless payment service more frequently than any other country, and that the holdout banks do not fully understand the benefits of Apple Pay yet.

Bailey says customers are prepared to switch banks in order to use Apple Pay, which should help Apple wield its bargaining power. In fact, a handful of smaller Australian banks have signed up to Apple Pay as of today …

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07:17
Android Wear 2.0 uses offline AI for its smart...

One of the new features on Android Wear 2.0 is Smart Reply, which suggests responses to messages that you can quickly tap if you're busy doing something else. In its research blog, Google explained that the feature uses on-device machine intelligence...

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07:06
Rumor: 2017 iPhones to enter production early

Personally, I’m not expecting new iPhones until September, but DigiTimes Research says the next gen smartphones will enter production early. Quoting unnamed “industry sources,” the article says Apple has requested its chip and component suppliers start trial production, inspection and prepare inventories for the new iPhone series sooner than usual. 

Deliveries of chips and parts for the new models are expected to kick off in the second half of first-quarter 2017, the article adds. The upcoming smartphone will probably be dubbed the “iPhone 8,” but some pundits believe it will be called the
“iPhone X” to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the device.

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07:03
iPhone 8 production to begin early, supply chain...

A new supply chain report from Digitimes claims Apple is shifting iPhone 8 production up earlier than usual for the company. The report also continues to push the rumor that Apple is planning iris scanning technology in the next flagship iPhone.

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07:03
How to enable WhatsApp's two-step verification

WhatsApp is adding an extra security feature to help keep its more than a billion users safe from hacks. The company is rolling out two-step verification to its users worldwide.

When it’s available you will find it in the messaging service’s app under Settings > Account > Two-step verification > Enable.

WhatsApp’s approach to two-step verification differs from what other online services such as Facebook or Google do. Instead of using an app that generates one-time passcodes, WhatsApp requires you to create your own memorable six-digit passcode. To help you remember your code, WhatsApp will prompt you to enter it from time to time.

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06:58
Apple's Tim Cook visits UK's Regent Street...




As a part of his ongoing European tour, Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday visited the U.K.'s famous Tate Britain gallery as well as "Monument Valley" developers ustwo Games, and discussed the issue of fake news in an interview with "Good Morning Britain." On Friday he also appeared at the company's flagship store in the country, based on Regent Street in London.

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06:35
Happy Hour Podcast 106 | BeatsX launch, Android Wear...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss the delayed launch of BeatsX, Apple’s AirPods alternative, Android Wear 2.0 and how the new smartwatches compare to Apple Watch, iPhone 8 rumors including a premium price tag and wireless charging, and Apple Campus 2 details. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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06:17
∞ Watch this robot walk, maintain balance on two legs

[VIDEO] This is incredible work. Jump to about 2:23 in and watch Cassie maintain its balance when pushed side to side. This is an incredibly difficult problem to solve. Video in the main Loop post.

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06:12
Rumor: Apple to begin 'iPhone 8'...




While the handsets are still on track to launch September, Apple's 2017 iPhone lineup --?led by an anticipated high-end OLED model --?is rumored to go into production earlier than the usual timeframe, in a move that could allow the company more time to iron out kinks associated with new technology.

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06:01
Apple users have higher credit scores, loan amounts...

Think you’re clever for using Apple products? You’re right! A new study says we have higher credit scores, loan amounts and better rates than Android and Windows users.

LendingTree, an online loan marketplace, analyzed over two million purchase mortgage and personal loan requests to better understand how Americans are shopping for their loans. The findings show that 41% of purchase mortgage shoppers and almost half (48.53%) of personal loan shoppers use a mobile device to shop and compare loan offers from different lenders. Additionally, the analysis suggests a correlation between a user's device, credit score, and loan amount.

Overall, potential borrowers using a Mac have the highest average credit score in both the mortgage (FICO average 722) and personal loan (FICO average 683) categories, along with the highest average loan amount in each. In 2016, the average loan amount for Mac users was $274,412 for a mortgage and $14,650 for a personal loan, much higher than...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Airy YouTube Video Downloader,...

For Friday’s iLounge Deal, you can pick up a lifetime license to the Airy YouTube Video Downloader for only $12.99 — that’s 56% off the regular price. This handy app for your Mac lets you grab your favorite YouTube videos for offline viewing, or even just extract the audio portion as MP3 files to listen to on the go. Airy supports saving YouTube videos straight to your desktop in HD and ultra HD quality, and you can even grab multiple…

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05:47
Macquarie, ING to support Apple Pay in Australia

Macquarie Group and ING Direct plan to start using Apple Pay in Australia this month, “hoping to snatch market share from the major retail banks through digital technology,” reports Reuters.

So far only one of the major banks, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, has adopted the Apple Pay system, creating an opportunity for smaller rivals in a market dominated by the “Big Four” lenders. Those banks, including the top lender, National Australia Bank, have lodged a joint application with anti-trust regulators seeking approval to collectively negotiate with Apple to install their own electronic payments applications on iPhones. 

Apple, which operates its Apple Pay mobile payment service, doesn’t allow third-party electronic payment apps to be installed on the smartphone. The banks are seeking to be able to negotiate jointly for access to Apple's...

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05:46
How to type the trademark and copyright symbols in...

Interesting tip. The QuickType solution doesn’t seem to work for me. This a setting of some kind? Seems to me, the (c), (r), and TM shortcuts used to work, at least on the Mac. But no more.

The emoji solution always works. Copy and paste works too, especially if I do the copy on my Mac and paste on my iOS device.

UPDATE: Thanks to a big wave of Twitter response, I can see that there are some iOS installs with default text substitutions for (c), etc. But others do not have these substitutions. Perhaps they were replaced? Regardless, you can add them back in via Settings > General > Keyboards > Text Replacement.

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05:42
On the future of the iPad

Jason Snell, writing for Macworld:

Look out to 2025 and imagine a futuristic computing device made from Apple that’s larger than a phone, filling the ecosystem that currently is filled by laptops and iPads (and maybe even desktop Macs). This is a thin, light device, with battery life and sensors and other features that we can only dream about today.

And:

Apple seems to see the Mac as a rock-solid platform for laptop and desktop computers that people depend on to do their jobs. The Mac is, in many ways, defined by the fact that it’s a keyboard-and-trackpad-driven system with a windowed user interface. If you take that away and simplify the Mac, you might be able to get to something a bit closer to the iPad–but you risk losing some of the key attributes that make the Mac what it is.

And:

The iPad, on the other hand, seems not too far away from that 2025 device already. What’s required is an evolution of the very simple touch interface pioneered by...

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05:30
Get a great deal on this Eye Level In-Car Smartphone...

Smartphone mounts for cars are nothing new, but most of them have one of two failings. First, if they use some sort of suction cup or friction pad to hold onto the dashboard or window, chances of having the entire assembly -- smartphone and all -- come crashing down while you're driving are pretty good. Second, if they use a vent clip to hold the smartphone in place in front of a car air vent, the phone can either get too hot in the winter with the heat on or quite chilly in the summer with the A/C cranked up. Today we have a deal on the Sky Innovations Eye Level In-Car Smartphone Holder ($23.95), which eliminates both of the shortcomings with a clever design.

This mount is ingenious -- it clips onto the rear view mirror so...

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05:28
AppleInsider podcast talks wireless charging, '...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about the 'iPhone 8', weather apps for Apple Watch, wireless charging, and more.

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05:26
The myth of Apple’s great design

Ian Bogost wrote an article for The Atlantic with the provocative title The Myth of Apple’s Great Design.

Here’s a quote:

Apple has great design is the biggest myth in technology today. The latest victim of this ideology comes in the form a remarkable report on the late Steve Jobs’s final project, still in production: a new, $5 billion Cupertino headquarters for Apple Inc.

And:

But if Apple designs at its best when attending closely to details like those revealed in the construction of its spaceship headquarters, then presumably the details of its products would stand out as worthy precedents. Yet, when this premise is tested, it comes up wanting. In truth, Apple’s products hide a shambles of bad design under the perfection of sleek exteriors....

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05:15
Some iPhone 7 matte black owners complain of paint...

You waited weeks for the ultra-cool iPhone 7 in a matte black color and this begins to happen.

According to a growing number of users on Apple’s Support forums, some iPhone 7 matte black units are suffering from paint chips. The issue seems to be occurring even with the use of a case, wherein, the paint chips around the edges of the device as well as on the back.

The issue is similar to one that plagued the black iPhone 5 when it was first released. While the issue appears to be rather limited in scope as of right now, the Apple Support forum has reached multiple pages in length and continues to grow

From the reports issues, the iPhone 7 Plus model seems to be more affected than the smaller iPhone 7 model. Apple Support seems to have been less than helpful in replacing or repairing affected units and has called it “an uncovered cosmetic flaw.”

One user offered the following:

I’ve bought my iPhone 7 Plus and after 3 weeks the paint started...

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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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13:35
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

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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.

more…

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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop...

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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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