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Thursday August 3

Dive into what the Web looked like 10 years ago with...

Spoiler alert: It was an ugly, ugly place.

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Large iPhones have nearly killed off small screens...

Earlier this week Apple announced that it sold 41 million iPhones during the last quarter, and today CIRP is out with new analysis on the overall iPhone install base in the United States plus a breakdown by install base.


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How Apple is putting voices in users’ heads—literally

Apple doesn’t get nearly the credit they deserve for the work they do in accessibility. I know quite a few people with varying levels and kinds of disability and accessibility issues and they all say that, while there’s lots of work to be done, Apple is far ahead of the rest of the industry in their commitment to these users.

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WNBA teams make their console debut in ‘NBA Live 18’

It looks like EA is finally getting the idea that women play sports and that video game fans want to see them in their sports titles. Since the video game company has women's soccer teams in soccer sim FIFA, it's now set to add WNBA teams and players...

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FBI arrests UK security researcher who stopped...

Marcus Hutchins, the 23-year-old security researcher who is credited with halting the spread of the WannaCry malware program earlier this year has been arrested by the FBI while attending the DefCon security conference in Las Vegas, Motherboard repor...

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Facebook is still terrible at managing hate speech

Facebook has failed yet again at managing and removing hate speech. Ijeoma Oluo, a black activist and writer, was on a road trip with her children recently when she decided to make a meal stop at a Cracker Barrel. While at the restaurant, which has b...

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Tidying up with the iPhone-controlled Ecovacs Deebot...

Today we’re looking at a floor cleaning robot from a company you may not have heard about — Ecovacs. The Deebot N79 (US$199.98, Amazon affiliate link provides Apple World Today with an affiliate payment if you purchase one) is designed for deep-cleaning of carpets and other surfaces, and has a feature that makes it of interest of Apple World Today — an iPhone app that can be used to control and schedule cleaning. 

Ecovacs Deebot N79 happily resting on its charging dock after cleaning the house. Photo ©2017, Steven Sande

I’ve been a fan of robot vacuums since the first Roomba models appeared on the market. After owning two early Roombas and being unhappy with their bin capacity, battery life and other quirks, I replaced both with a Neato...

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‘Minecraft: Story Mode’ arrives on Nintendo Switch...

The second episode of Minecraft: Story Mode - Season Two will be released on August 15th and like the first episode, it will be available for download on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, iOS and Android devices. Entitled "Giant Consequences," episod...

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Amazon is selling a 2.5-inch hard drive enclosure...

So you've finally decided to swap that 1TB hard drive for a 500GB SSD, in order to benefit from the SSD's faster read/write speeds. But what are you going to do with that old hard drive loaded up with all your photos and documents? Well, you can throw it into this Aukey 2.5-inch enclosure, which is available right now for $7.

To get this sale price, you have to click on the "Buy 1, get 30% off" link below the price. (You may need to use a desktop browser to see it.)

This enclosure isn't particularly different than anything else you'll find out there, but its price makes it an easy buy. Inside, there's a SATA connector, and on the outside you've got USB 3.0. As with other enclosures, you've got that specialized connector that feeds into the enclosure, with a regular USB connector on the other end. The enclosure...

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Facebook is slowly becoming less white and less male

Facebook's latest diversity stats are in, and it seems that while the process is glacially-slow, the company is becoming less white and less male. In the last year, the number of women in tech has risen from 17% to 19%, with women accounting for 27%...

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Photography algorithm alters perspective after...

Combining multiple photographs to create a new image isn't uncommon, but researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in partnership with NVIDIA have come up with a a pretty wild new technique to create entirely new compositions....

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Vector successfully launches prototype rocket for...

Today, Vector, a company that aims to deliver small and nano-satellites into orbit, successfully launched a full-scale prototype of its Vector-R rocket. It was a suborbital flight; the rocket took off from a spaceport in Camden, GA. It's the first fo...

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Deals: 2017 13" Touch Bar MacBook Pro for $1,...

Apple authorized reseller B&H Photo is offering instant cash rebates on popular Mid 2017 Macs this week starting with $150 off the 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. Apple's latest 27" iMac 5K is also $100 off with no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ, while an upgraded 2015 15" MacBook Pro is now $2,199 while supplies last.

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iPhone 8 concept explores how iOS 11 could reimagine...

Thanks to the leaked HomePod software last week, we now expect the rumored iPhone 8 design with a top notch for the speaker and sensors to be what Apple ships later this year. If the nearly bezel-less design is accurate, there are several possibilities of how iOS could be designed around the top notch. Designer Max Rudberg shares three possible scenarios for the iPhone 8 and iOS 11…


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Facebook is testing Stories beside your desktop News...

Facebook's Snapchat-like Stories feature launched on its mobile app earlier this year and now it looks like the company is testing it out on its desktop site. As TechCrunch reports, for some users, Stories are now showing up in the top right corner o...

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: 2017 27″ 5K iMac $1,575,...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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Xiaomi now sells more wearables than Apple or Fitbit

It hasn't been a great time for Fitbit lately, and reports that rival Xiaomi has now taken the lead in worldwide wearable device sales can't be welcome news for the company. Findings from research firm Strategy Analytics show that second quarter earn...

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New concept art shows how Apple may adapt iOS 11 to...

New images published on Thursday offer a glimpse at how iOS 11 could conform to the unique edge-to-edge OLED display of this fall's "iPhone 8," which will have a sensor "notch" at the top, and do away with a physical home button and its surrounding bezel at the bottom.

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PayPal made digital money cards to send to your...

Remember those birthday and Christmas cards you used to get from family as a kid? They were no Game Boys or PlayStations, but they were still pretty sweet because there was almost always a few bucks tucked inside. Now, PayPal has launched a virtual c...

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Vinpok Bolt-S Cable: MagSafe capability for the...

Vinpok Bolt-S Magnetic Charging Cable. Photo ©2017, Steven Sande

So, you’ve moved up to a new MacBook Pro but you miss the safety provided by Apple’s clever MagSafe power connector. Vinpok has a magnetic charging cable called the Bolt-S (US$50, available for pre-order for $24) coming soon that may be what you need to resurrect the functionality of the MagSafe — keeping your MacBook Pro (or MacBook) from dropping to the ground when someone trips over the power cable. 


Let’s get one thing out front right away — the Bolt-S Cable cannot be used as a data cable as it’s not designed for that functionality. It’s a magnetically detachable power cable, and that’s it. On one end is a USB-C connector that plugs into Apple’s provided AC adapter. On the other, you’ll find the special feature of the Bolt-S...


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Video: Will Apple's 'iPhone 8' launch...

After numerous rumors suggested the "iPhone 8" may not launch until as late as November, the guidance for Apple's next fiscal quarter suggests that the flagship handset could debut sooner than expected. AppleInsider brings you up to speed on the news and rumors you need to know in this new video.

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∞ The iPhone Pro and the disappearing home button

Dave here. James Thomson, in a Twitter thread with Steve Troughton Smith, pondering the interface possibilities of the coming iPhone Pro (and I use that name as a shorthand for any and all phones Apple announces next month with a new hardware layout):

I’m curious what will happen for full screen stuff where the status bar would be hidden. Hide the home indicator too, and use everything?

— James Thomson (@jamesthomson) August 2, 2017

This raises an interesting question. If the home button no longer has dedicated real estate but is, instead a fungible, virtual spot, with the ability to be turned on and off, what happens if an app runs full screen? How will you exit the app?

In other words, if a game takes over the full screen, presumably the home button will not be there. What will the user do to force exit the app, to return to the home screen?


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Embracing the notch

Max Rudberg:

Apple’s accidental release of the HomePod firmware prompted Steven Throughthon-Smith’s to go digging through and uncovering a lot of exciting pieces on the upcoming high-end iPhone, codename D22. Allen Pike then had an interesting take on what that new form factor could mean for the UI.

Max took Allen Pike’s thoughts on the notch and its impact on the nav bar (here’s my summary, with a link to Allen’s brilliant post) and worked up some beautiful, high-res mockups.

Lovely stuff.

[Via MacStories]


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The New York Times, Apple growth, and doomed

Vindu Goel, The New York Times:

At 41 years old, Apple is a respected elder of the tech industry. But rather than easing slowly into retirement, the company is going through another growth spurt.

On Wednesday, Apple’s stock surged 5 percent to a record high of $157.14 after it reported surprisingly strong financial results. It is now worth $822 billion, more than any other company in the stock market.

High praise from the New York Times. Interesting.


For Apple, which is far more dependent on hardware sales than other tech leaders, the recent performance is all the more impressive after its dismal 2016, when quarterly revenue fell for the first time in 13 years and the company’s sales in China dropped through the floor.

There it is. That’s the paper I know and love.


“Wall Street is waking up to the reality that the next great product might not be an Apple car or the TV or the Watch,” said Trip Miller of Gullane...

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Apple owns more US Treasury securities than most...


If Apple were a foreign country, CEO Tim Cook might have considerable political clout in the United States.

That’s because Apple owns $52.6 billion in U.S. Treasury securities, which would rank it among the top 25 major foreign holders, according to estimates from the Treasury Department and Apple’s SEC filings released on Wednesday.

Apple would be 23rd in all countries. That’s just one measure of a company’s financial heft, but amazing nonetheless.

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Opinion: There are signs Apple is starting to target...

If there’s one certainty in life where Apple is concerned, it’s that it targets the premium end of the market. Apple would tell you that it aims to make the best products, and that these cost money to make. A more cynical observer might say that Apple aims to make the highest margins and makes the products (and adds the marketing) it takes to achieve this.

But either way, the company has always targeted those customers willing to pay the big bucks for premium products. That approach has meant that while Samsung sells almost twice as many smartphones as Apple, it’s the Cupertino company that hoovers up almost 80% of the total profits in the industry.

But there are signs that Apple may be broadening its horizons …


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In praise of Apple services

Jared White:

It’s very apparent there’s a product category that outshines all others in terms of growth. It’s one Apple has been understandably proud of in their earnings calls for several years now, and that is Services.


The Services category encompasses all the stuff Apple does online, “in the cloud.” Things like the App Store. iCloud. Apple Pay. Apple Music. The iTunes store. In other words, Services is everything you buy from Apple after you buy your initial hardware.

And this business has been exploding.

Jared digs into the details, starting with the vast difference between Apple’s cloud business of 5 years ago and the stellar operation into which that cloud business has evolved.

Another point is the way, as a percentage of the whole, Apple’s services business is increasing as the iPhone business decreases. The point being, Apple’s services growth represents diversification, less (slightly) dependence on iPhone sales. Will there...

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Estimates peg Apple Watch at third place in...

The Apple Watch's share of the global wearables market is on the rise, but still leaving the company behind rivals Xiaomi and Fitbit, according to research data published this week.

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Five easy, interactive Apple financials charts

Did you enjoy Jason Snell’s page o’ charts? Want more? No worries, Philip Elmer-DeWitt has your back.

Even if you are not a finances wonk, click over to the charts and click one of the chart headers, watch them animate. Pretty.

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Apple exploring combination of quantum dot and OLED...

Future Apple devices could merge the enhanced power efficiency of quantum dot LED and speed of response of OLED screens in one unit, offering the best of both worlds in terms of battery life and image quality.

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Apple shipped 2.8 million wearables worldwide in the...

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

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

Apple shipped 2.8 million wearables worldwide in Q2...

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Apple is looking into ‘true’ quantum dot displays

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

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

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

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Once more, with feeling: Uniloc sues Apple yet again

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

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

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

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Beyond Portrait Mode … next-generation computational...

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


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Apple looking to hire more than 70 map tech experts

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

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

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

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

Improving and developing new map...

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

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

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How to use Memories in the Photos app in macOS Sierra

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

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

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

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)

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

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


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

By Aaron Lee

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

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

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

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

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Notable apps and app updates for Aug. 3, 2017

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

iOS Apps/Updates

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

macOS Apps/Updates

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

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

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Leaked HomePod firmware hints at facial recognition...

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday August 2

Tech group representing Apple rebukes proposed GOP...

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

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

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


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

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

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Amazon Echo vulnerability allows hackers to...

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

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

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

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Apple developed new BLE Audio streaming tech for...

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

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

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


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

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

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AWT News Update: August 2, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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Researchers think algorithms can improve your trash...

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

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Watch: Apple beats Street estimates with strong Q3

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

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

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

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

iPhone 8 render via Forbes

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


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HBO data breach included thousands of internal...

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

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Tesla is getting 1,800 Model 3 reservations per day

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

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

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

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Goofy AirPod pockets are the latest ridiculous...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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‘Real people’ do not want secure communications

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Cyber attacks affect corporate earnings

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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WSL to Ship With Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

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

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Amazon is solving our cable management problems...

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

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Pentagon officials can view classified material on...

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

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

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

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Lofree Poison M Wireless Speaker features retro...

Lofree Poison M speaker. Photo ©2017, Steven Sande

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


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

The FM tuner, with white LED...

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Glittery iPhone cases recalled after reports of...

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

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Lyft to match riders' Apple Pay charity...

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

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

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

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Apple TV now works with Plex’s Live TV offering

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The pleasantly alarming sounds of the Apple HomePod

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2v2 is coming back to Clash Royale in a big way. Although it's only been available for temporary periods of time, 2v2 has seen a hugely positive fan response, with players clamoring for more team-based gameplay. Soon we'll get yet another taste of... | Read more »
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Joycity’s hit Game of Dice gets a big new update this week, introducing new maps, mechanics, and even costumes. The update sets players loose on an exciting new map, The Cursed Tower, that allows folks to use special Runes mid-match. If you feel... | Read more »
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If you somehow missed the news, many parts of the United States will be witness to a total solar eclipse on August 21 for the first time in over 90 years. It'll be possible to see the eclipse in at least some capacity throughout the continental U... | Read more »
The 5 best mobile survival games
Games like ARK: Survival Evolved and Conan Exiles have taken the world of gaming by storm. The market is now flooded with hardcore survival games that send players off into the game's world with nothing but maybe the clothes on their back. Never... | Read more »
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Supercell has been teasing fans with 2v2 windows that allow players to team up for limited periods of time. The Summer of 2v2 was just this past July, but players are already clamoring for more of that sweet, sweet team-based action. The fans have... | Read more »

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