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18:04
Apple seemingly culls games hyping Philippines drug...




Apple appears to have pulled from its App Store a number of games depicting the extrajudicial killing of drug users by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and national police chief Ronaldo "Bato" dela Rosa after activists demanded the company remove the titles for breaching App Store guidelines.

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17:31
Instagram continues Snapchat attack, adds new ‘Remix...

Instagram has not been shy about competing head-to-head with Snapchat, and a new update today continues that trend. In a blog post, Instagram announced a new feature that allows users to “remix” photos from friends…

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17:29
Apple working working on a fix for the roof access...

Apple has told Rene Ritchie of iMore that it’s working on a fix for the roof access vulnerability in macOS High Sierra. The bug, discovered by developer Lemi Ergin, lets anyone log into an admin account using the username "root" with no password.

This works when attempting to access an administrator's account on an unlocked Mac, and it also provides access at the login screen of a locked Mac. Here’s Apple’s statement:

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15:16
Apple says fix incoming for macOS High Sierra root...




Following revelations that a serious bug in macOS High Sierra allows anyone root access to Macs running Apple's latest operating system, the company on Tuesday said it is working on a fix that will be pushed out in a coming software update.

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14:56
iOS 11.2: Beta 5 is now available

Updated 11/28/17: The fifth iOS 11.2 beta is available to developers and public testers.

iOS 11 is the biggest change to Apple’s mobile operating system in years. It’s so ambitious in scope that many of it’s promised features still haven’t shipped yet. iOS 11.1 mostly fixed bugs and brought us a bunch of new emoji, but iOS 11.2 is more substantial, with the addition of Apple Pay Cash. Hopefully, it will also introduce iMessage in iCloud, though that seems increasingly unlikely.

Here’s what we know about 11.2 so far. What’s in it, when it’s coming, and how you can grab the beta right now.

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14:52
High Sierra Bug Provides Full Root Access

It turns out that there’s a bug in macOS 10.13 High Sierra that lets anyone gain admin access by entering root, without a password, when unlocking System Preference panes, authenticating certain actions, or even logging into the Mac. The solution is simple, but since the vulnerability is very real, and can be exploited both locally and remotely, you’ll want to protect yourself by setting a root password.

 

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14:51
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14:48
∞ Apple working to fix “root” password issue

Apple said it is working to fix an issue that allows someone to login as a root user when they have access to your machine. […]

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14:00
MacOS High Sierra Bug Allows Login As Root With No...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: A trivial-to-exploit flaw in macOS High Sierra, aka macOS 10.13, allows users to gain admin rights, or log in as root, without a password. The security bug is triggered via the authentication dialog box in Apple's operating system, which prompts you for an administrator's username and password when you need to do stuff like configure privacy and network settings. If you type in "root" as the username, leave the password box blank, hit "enter" and then click on unlock a few times, the prompt disappears and, congrats, you now have admin rights. You can do this from the user login screen. The vulnerability effectively allows someone with physical access to the machine to log in, cause extra mischief, install malware, and so on. You should not leave your vulnerable Mac unattended until you can fix the problem. And while obviously this situation is not the end of the world -- it's certainly far from a remote hole or a disk...

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13:47
Apple schedules downtime for iTunes Connect

Apple has scheduled downtime for iTunes Connect from Dec. 23-27, so its employees can celebrate the holidays. iTunes Connect is a suite of web-based tools for managing content sold on iTunes, the iBooks Store, and the various app stores. 

Apple says that new apps and app updates won’t be accepted during those dates, so any releases should be submitted, approved, and scheduled in advance. Other iTunes Connect and developer account features will remain available.

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13:35
Analyst: Apple sold six million iPhone X units on...

Rosenblatt Analyst Jun Zhang estimates that Apple sold six million iPhone X’s during Black Friday for a total of 15 million units so far, according to StreetInsider

Zhang thinks the production rate for the next gen smartphone increased to three million units per week and could reach four million per week next month. The research firm has raised its December quarter iPhone X shipment estimates from 27 million to 28 million to 30 million.

Zhang says demand for the 256GB model appears to be twice that of the 64GB model, which would be a positive for the average sales price and gross margin, as well as units. The analyst expects seasonality to follow the inventory build, which would cause some softness in March. Rosenblatt’s estimates for the March quarter have...

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13:28
Rumor: Apple is preparing to test autonomous...

Apple is preparing to test autonomous vehicles at an old Fiat Chrysler testing ground in the Arizona desert near Phoenix, according to a Jalopnik report. Quoting an unnamed “source familiar with the matter,” the article says the tech giant is recruiting engineers and technicians to the site.

Waymo and Uber are already running self-driving tests in the Phoenix region. As part of its autonomous/EV car strategy, Apple published a paper last week on how self-driving cars can better spot objects while using fewer sensors. It appears to be the company's first publicly disclosed paper on autonomous vehicles.

In June Apple CEO Tim Cook...

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13:21
AWT News Update: November 28, 2017

It's a buggy world after all! On today's Apple World Today News Update Podcast, we have news about some bugs that have worked their way into iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra:

  • Would you believe I.T.? An iOS bug is causing the word "it" to be autocorrected to "I.T."
  • A newly-discovered flaw in macOS High Sierra gives anyone the capability of signing onto a Mac using the username "root" and no password!
  • One of the Australian banks that wanted access to the NFC chips in Apple devices for its own wallet app has now embraced Apple Pay

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.

Text Version

This is Steve Sande for...

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13:11
Major vulnerability in Apple's macOS provides...




A new security flaw in macOS High Sierra has been discovered by researchers -- one that can grant users access to the system administrator account on a target machine, enabling access to the account without requiring a password.

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13:08
Apple rumored to be using Arizona proving grounds to...




Apple may be leasing former Fiat Chrysler proving grounds in Surprise, Ariz. to test its self-driving car platform in a range of different conditions, according to a report.

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12:48
∞ Security hole in macOS High Sierra lets anyone...

There’s a security hole in macOS High Sierra and we’ve verified the issue.

First reported in this tweet:

Dear @AppleSupport, we noticed a *HUGE* security issue at MacOS High Sierra. Anyone can login as "root" with empty password after clicking on login button several times. Are you aware of it @Apple?

— Lemi Orhan Ergin (@lemiorhan) November 28, 2017

Here’s how to reproduce it:

  • Log in to your Mac, as you normally would
  • Now launch System Preferences
  • Click the Users & Groups pane
  • Click the lock to make changes but do NOT enter your normal credentials
  • Instead, change the user name to root, leave the password field blank, but click in the password field (does not...
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12:46
After Apple's HomePod delay, Amazon touts...




Just days after Apple delayed its HomePod speaker and personal assistant into 2018, Amazon's low-priced Echo Dot was the company's top seller over Black Friday and Cyber Monday, giving the online retailer an even greater lead over rivals in the home speaker market.

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12:45
macOS High Sierra security vulnerability discovered...

A newly discovered macOS High Sierra flaw is potentially leaving your personal data at risk. Developer Lemi Orhan Ergin publicly contacted Apple Support to ask about the vulnerability he discovered. In the vulnerability he found, someone with physical access to a macOS machine can access and change personal files on the system without needing any admin credentials.

Users who haven’t disabled guest user account access or changed their root passwords (likely most) are currently open to this vulnerability. We’ve included instructions on how to protect yourself in the meantime until an official fix from Apple is released.

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12:16
50 best albums of 2017

I’m officially old. Not only do I not own any of these albums, I’ve never even heard of three-quarters of the listed bands.

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12:11
The complicated legacy of a panda who was really...

I bet when you woke up you didn’t think you’d be reading a really interesting story about panda sex today, did you?

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12:07
Apple schedules annual iTunes Connect downtime for...




iTunes Connect -- the portal through which developers submit and manage content for the App Store, iTunes Store, and iBooks Store -- will this year see its holiday downtime for app submissions run between Dec. 23 and 27.

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12:02
Report: Apple possibly leasing Chrysler’s former...

Rumors that Apple plans to develop and market a self-driving vehicle may have gone cold, but CEO Tim Cook has publicly acknowledged that the company is working on a ‘large project’ around autonomous systems.

The latest detail in the story comes via Jalopnik which reports that Apple may have leased Chrysler’s old proving grounds which could be used for testing autonomous cars.

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11:45
HDMI Forum releases more HDMI 2.1 spec details,...

The HDMI Forum today released more details about its HDMI 2.1 spec, and it includes support for technology like Dynamic HDR, and features enough bandwidth to support resolutions up to 10K. more…

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11:40
The FCC is peddling its net neutrality spin as facts

Last week, the FCC released the final draft of its proposal to rollback net neutrality protections, a plan that the agency will vote on next month. Removing these protections has been a targeted goal of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai since he took the positio...

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11:13
Apple announces App Store review downtime for...

Apple today has shared its annual App Store review shutdown window which will be the same as last year, December 23-27.

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11:10
Hyundai adds on-demand car washes to its Blue Link...

In a world where you can have your McDonald's delivered and the UPS driver has access to your Amazon-enabled foyer, keeping the family car clean remains a decidedly low tech affair. You've got the choice between pulling out the mop and bucket yoursel...

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11:09
Adobe demonstrates future Photoshop tool that uses...




Adobe has teased one of the AI-based features coming to Photoshop in the future, with the 'Select Subject' function simplifying the selection of an object, person, or animal in a scene, using machine learning to determine what is likely to be the main focus of an image.

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11:02
FCC to End Net Neutrality

The FCC is set to rescind Obama-era regulations that mandate net neutrality — and what happens next is anybody’s guess.

 

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11:02
Yandex wants to ensure its self-driving cars can...

Many self-driving car tests are conveniently run in warm, sunny climates where the road conditions are rarely less than ideal. But what about that significant chunk of the planet that gets snowfall? Yandex is finding out. The Russian internet giant h...

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10:41
HDMI 2.1 is here with 10K and Dynamic HDR support

Back in January, the HDMI Forum unveiled its new specifications for the HDMI connector, called HDMI 2.1. Now, that HDMI specification is available to all HDMI 2.0 adopters. It's backwards compatible with all previous HDMI specifications.

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10:22
'Yooka-Laylee' arrives on Nintendo Switch...

The wait is almost over: The whimsical, N64-styled retro platformer Yooka-Laylee will arrive on Nintendo Switch this December 14th. While versions for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One were released in April, the game seems custom-tailored for Nintendo'...

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10:19
Fifth developer beta releases of iOS 11.2, tvOS 11.2...




After a break for Thanksgiving, Apple has issued new builds of iOS 11.2, macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 and tvOS 11.2 to developers.

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10:06
Apple releases fifth iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and...

Apple has released the fifth beta version of iOS 11.2 beta for developers. tvOS 11.2 beta and macOS 10.13.2 beta 5 are also available for testing. There doesn’t appear to be a new watchOS 4.2 beta today.

iOS 11.2 will include Apple Pay Cash support in addition to SiriKit for HomePod which was detailed at the end of October. AirPlay 2 was also previously available in beta versions but disappeared in the previous beta when the HomePod delay was announced.

more…

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10:02
Apple's YouTube videos can help with dad's...

If spending a Saturday morning at an Apple store with a family member is your idea of Hell, then playing tech support for your relatives while you're home for the holidays is probably a lengthy stretch of the road to perdition. Well, Apple Support re...

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09:45
Leftovers: Here are the best Apple deals still going...




Cyber Monday has come and gone, and with it, some great flash deals and many stock-outs. But dozens of killer offers still remain this Cyber Week, such as exclusive savings on 2017 MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs, and iMac 5Ks.

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09:38
SoftBank offers to acquire Uber shares at 30%...




A group of investors led by Japan's SoftBank has reportedly made an offer to buy shares of ride-hailing service Uber, but the tender offer values the firm at a 30 percent discount, with the proposed price per share effectively knocking $20 billion off the value of the company.

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09:37
Huawei says it can do better than Apple's Face...

Huawei has a history of trying to beat Apple at its own game (it unveiled a "Force Touch" phone days before the iPhone 6s launch), and that's truer than ever now that the iPhone X is in town. At the end of a presentation for the Honor V10, the compan...

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09:32
Airbnb rolls out new split payment feature for group...

Airbnb today has announced that its new split payment feature that was first piloted this past summer is now rolling out globally.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: MacBook Air 128GB $745, $200...

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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09:30
iPad 2018 rumors: Thinner bezels, Face ID, and a...

When it comes to the tablet market, there’s the iPad and there’s everybody else. Apple dominates the market, especially in the premium price range. To hold on to its position, Apple has been kept things fresh with new models like the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and new technologies like Apple Pencil and ProMotion.

But the fundamental design of the iPad hasn’t changed much in years. That could all change in 2018, as Apple gives use the first holistic new iPad design in a very long time.

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09:16
Judge grants Waymo trial delay because Uber withheld...

Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving unit, sued Uber earlier this year over the alleged theft of self driving tech. The latest bit of drama comes today as a US judge granted a request from Alphabet to delay the trial, which was scheduled to start December...

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09:00
Windows 10's 'Timeline' continuity...

If you were bummed that this fall's Creators Update for Windows 10 didn't include Microsoft's version of Handoff, we feel you. But if you're a Windows Insider Program member, there's good news: Timeline will soon be available to folks in the Fast Rin...

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09:00
Microsoft's latest Windows 10 experiment:...

When it comes to multitasking, few UI upgrades were as helpful as browser tabs. Instead of juggling dozens of windows on your computer, they let you place multiple websites in a single pane. It's the sort of thing we take for granted today -- especia...

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08:50
Apple offers temporary workaround for iOS 11 bug...




Apple is currently coping with hundreds of complaints about an autocorrect bug in iOS 11, causing the word "it" to be autocorrected to "I.T."

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08:38
Airbnb's split payments option is now available...

One of the most requested features on Airbnb has been the ability to split payments among members of a group traveling together. After all, it's never fun to run after your friends for payment, and according to Airbnb, 43 percent of American group tr...

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08:19
Classified US Army and NSA data was stored on an...

Earlier this month, researchers at UpGuard reported that US military intelligence gathering data had been stored on a misconfigured Amazon Web Services S3 server that wasn't password protected and was publicly viewable. While the data in that leak ap...

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08:03
YouTube pulled 150,000 videos of children over...

YouTube is taking extensive action after word broke that pedophiles were targeting videos of children with vile comments. The streaming service reported that it had taken down over 150,000 videos that had fallen prey to comment abuse, and had disable...

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08:00
From Android to iOS - The 1st Day

November 16th, 2017 was the date that I decided to purchase the iPhone X to get my son the free iPhone 8. I knew going into it that there would be a wait for the iPhone X. I definitely one that loves instant gratification so this was going to be tough. The sales rep at the AT&T store told me it would be mid December before it arrived. This contradicted what the AT&T website said though. The website said that it would ship between 11/29/2017 and 12/6/2017. This was still going to be a tough waiting period for me. Shortly after I finalized the order, I received an email and text that aligned with the AT&T website's initial estimated date. 

I was surprised with an email on November 19th letting me know that my iPhone X shipped. The tracking told me that it should arrive on November 22nd and it was right. I picked the package up from the UPS store that morning. It wasn't instant gratification, but it was only 6 days instead of 2-3 weeks. We've started off pretty good...

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07:42
Thieves tell cops 'Mr. Tesla' said it was...

Tesla's aren't easy to steal, but thieves in Utah allegedly made off with three $80,000 models by breaking into a dealership and stealing the fobs. After that, however, their master plan fell comically apart. "One guy claimed a family member had died...

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07:27
Australia's Bendigo Bank adds Apple Pay, having...




Without access to the NFC chips in iPhones for a wallet of its own, Australia's Bendigo Bank on Tuesday officially launched support for Apple Pay.

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07:21
AT&T extends the deadline for its Time Warner...

When AT&T announced that it was going to buy Time Warner for $85.4 billion back in 2016, the deal was expected to close by the end of 2017. Now, it's clear that won't happen, and as a result, AT&T has extended the deadline for the merger to A...

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07:19
Report: 6 million iPhone X units sold over Black...

Apple appears to have done very well out of the Black Friday promotions. Regarding iPhone sales performance, analysts at Rosenblatt believe Apple saw around 6 million iPhone X sales over the Black Friday weekend, out of a total of 15 million iPhones sold. more…

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07:15
UK watchdog threatens ticket resale sites with court...

The UK's competition watchdog has fired another warning shot against secondary ticketing websites. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is partway through an investigation and says it has "widespread concerns" about the information sites are p...

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07:00
VR at the Tate Modern's Modigliani exhibition...

In recent years, HTC has partnered with several museums to cultivate VR as a tool for art and learning. New projects are always in the works, and recently the company launched the Vive Arts program, reaffirming its commitment to working with develope...

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06:59
Apple celebrates Hour of Code at its retail stores

Apple has opened registration for thousands of free Hour of Code sessions available at all Apple Stores Dec. 4-10. The company also introduced a new educational challenge in Swift Playgrounds and added new teacher resources to the Everyone Can Code curriculum to help teach Swift, Apple’s programming language.

For the fifth year, Apple Stores will participate in Hour of Code with daily coding sessions in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. Young aspiring coders can learn coding basics during a Kids Hour session, while those age 12 and above can use Swift Playgrounds on iPad to learn coding concepts and even program robots. A new Teacher Tuesdays session helps educators learn how to teach code to students using new resources and discussion topics.

A new Hour of Code challenge in the Swift Playgrounds app invites students to build a digital robot and customize it with new parts...

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06:56
Apple expands Support services on social media with...




Apple has started offering support through another form of social media, by setting up a YouTube channel dedicated to providing assistance for basic tasks its customers can perform on an iPhone or iPad.

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06:44
Adobe teases AI-powered Photoshop tool for...

If you’ve ever used Photoshop to select a person in order to place them on a different background, you’ll know what a fiddly and time-consuming process it can be. Adobe has announced an upcoming feature to allow you to get most of the job done with a single click …

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06:41
Senators introduce bill to criminalize revenge porn

Senators have introduced a bill today which, if passed, would establish federal criminal liability for those sharing revenge porn. The bill, Ending Nonconsensual Online User Graphic Harassment (ENOUGH) Act of 2017, will address what Congressperson Ja...

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06:34
Apple Stores kicking off free Hour of Code classes...

Apple is promoting Hour of Code at its retail stores next week for the fifth year running with free coding classes for kids. Apple is also rolling out a new Swift Playgrounds challenge for Hour of Code to promote the company’s developer language using its educational iPad app.

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06:23
Apple commemorates Computer Science Education Week...




Apple has opened up thousands of new Hour of Code sessions at every Apple Store location between Dec. 4 and Dec 10, with new Swift Playgrounds challenge and teacher resources available to all.

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06:22
Samsung bolsters Bixby with another AI startup

Samsung may have botched the launch of its virtual assistant Bixby, but it has already promised to patch things up with the next release, which will leverage "deep linking capabilities and enhanced natural language abilities" in order to deliver "a p...

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06:13
Removing a gigantic hornet’s nest. No, really, this...

[VIDEO] Scares me just watching this. Jump to about 2 minutes in (video embedded in main Loop post) for a real closeup of the innards. That’s one brave individual.

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06:11
Apple’s AirPods are among the top sellers on Cyber...

Adobe has released its 2017 online shopping data for Cyber Monday and the holiday weekend overall. Apple’s AirPods were some of the hottest sellers during the online shopping day.

Adobe says Cyber Monday is projected to hit a new record as the largest online sales day in history with $6.59 billion. This marks a 16.8% year-over-year (YoY) increase. In comparison, Black Friday and Thanksgiving Day brought in $5.03 billion and $2.87 billion in revenue respectively. Top sellers on Cyber Monday included the Nintendo Switch, PJ Masks and Hatchimals & Colleggtibles figurines, Apple AirPods, streaming devices like Google Chromecast and Roku, and Super Mario Odyssey, the video game. 

The holiday shopping season so far (November 1 to 27) drove a total of $50 billion in online revenue. Adobe predicts this will be the first-ever holiday season to break $100 billion in online sales.

Overall web traffic to retail sites increased by 11.9% on Cyber Monday, with the season...

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06:09
BOE makes push to become Apple's second OLED...




Major Chinese display maker BOE is reportedly investing billions into OLED production lines in an attempt to win orders from Apple, which currently relies exclusively on Samsung panels for the iPhone X.

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06:08
Apple Support launches YouTube channel featuring how...

Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac:

Apple began a support Twitter account early in 2016, answering customer queries and tweeting out the occasional iOS tip. It has now expanded into a dedicated Apple Support YouTube channel.

The account features highly-produced tutorial videos explaining all sorts of iOS features from how to change your wallpaper to deleting your call history.

Here’s a link to the Apple Support YouTube channel. Terrific resource, nice find from Benjamin Mayo.

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06:02
iPhone autocorrecting the word ‘it’ to ‘I.T’ on iOS...

Joe Rossignol, MacRumors:

At least a few hundred iPhone users and counting have complained about the word “it” autocorrecting to “I.T” on iOS 11 and later.

This is a bizarre new class of bugs. It started with autocorrect capitalizing the first letter of some words, even in The Middle of a sentence.

Then we saw a rash of autocorrects of the letter I to A[?], much to the amusement of Ohio State fans.

And now this. What’s going on here? Is this machine learning going awry? Is this the future of AI? Works most of the time, but every so often a robot goes insane and starts breaking things?

One problem with machine learning is that it creates evolving behavior, which creates a complex tree of possible behaviors, impossible to completely test.

That said, is that what’s going on here? Or is this something more mundane? It’d be...

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06:02
Photoshop uses AI to make selecting people less of a...

Masking a human or other subject out of a scene is a pretty common trick nowadays, but it's is still arguably one of the hardest and lowest-tech parts of Photoshop. Adobe's about to make that a lot easier, thanks to an upcoming AI-powered feature cal...

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06:00
Deal: Browse safely with a Disconnect Lifetime...

Tired of websites, social media services and other online sites tracking everything you do? Many people are! That's why Disconnect ($49 for a lifetime premium subscription) is gaining popularity -- it's a service that:

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  • Allows you to use blocked services, sites, & apps

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05:54
Apple patent involves Macs with a gesture-based user...

Apple has been granted another patent (number 20170185161) for a “gesture-based user interface” that hints at gesture controls for Macs. This one is dubbed “three dimensional user interface session using depth sensors.”

In the patent filing, Apple notes that many different types of user interface devices and methods are currently available, including keyboards, mice, joysticks and touchscreens. Computer interfaces based on three-dimensional (3D) sensing of parts of the user's body have also been proposed.

Apple is looking into a gesture recognition system using depth-perceptive sensors. A 3D sensor provides position information, which is used to identify gestures created by a body part of interest. The gestures are recognized based on a shape of a body part and its position and orientation over an interval. The gesture is classified for determining an input into a Mac.

Here’s Apple summary of the invention: “A method, including receiving, by a computer...

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05:54
Apple TV 4K 64GB model supply tight, new orders will...




Supplies of the 64GB Apple TV 4K have apparently dried up, with only limited stock available at retail -- and orders placed today won't ship until January 4.

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05:44
Apple patent hints at an AR screen for future Macs

Currently, Apple’s augmented reality (AR) efforts focus on the iPad and iPhone. But a newly granted patent (number 9,830,844) hints that those efforts will expand to the Mac.

The patent is for a method and system for displaying images on a transparent display of an electronic device. In other words, one display would overlay another with an AR interface that interacts with real world objects. The display may include one or more display screens as well as a flexible circuit for connecting the display screens with internal circuitry of the electronic device. 

What’s more, the display screens may allow for overlaying of images over real world viewable objects, as well as a visible window to be present on an otherwise opaque display screen. Additionally, the display may include active and passive display screens that may be utilized based on images to be displayed.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that electronic devices increasingly include display screens as...

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05:36
∞ Another pair of iPhone X ads from Apple

[VIDEO] Yesterday we posted a pair of Face ID iPhone X ads from Apple. Here’s another pair, embedded in the main Loop post.

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05:30
Apple launches Apple Support YouTube Channel

Apple has launched an official Apple Support YouTube channel, which already has 1,513 subscribers. 

The site is home to videos that cover assorted iOS and watchOS tips and tricks (no macOS items yet). Topics include “Add a Photo Filter in Camera,” “Use the Doc on Your iPad,” “Send a Message With the Echo Effect,” “Share Activity with the Apple Watch” and more.

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05:29
HP quietly installs system-slowing spyware on its PCs

Lenovo has only just settled a massive $3.5 million fine for preinstalling adware on laptops without users' consent, and now it seems HP is getting in on the stealth installation action, too. According to numerous reports gathered by Computer World,...

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05:27
Mac vs iPad

Gabe Weatherhead, MacDrifter:

When my 10.5″ iPad Pro arrived I decided to do a little experiment. You see, I honestly believe that the iPad, iPhone, and other micro super-computers are the future of computing and I want to force myself out of old-man complacency. Five months ago I committed to that experiment and avoided using my Mac unless there was absolutely no way to do something on my iPad or iPhone. Last week I ended my experiment and I have a few opinions (big surprise).

I use my Mac, iPhone, and iPad in a mix throughout the day. My iPhone is always with me, gets all the looks when I am away from my desk. My Mac gets all my looks at my desk. And my iPad gets the rest, those times when I am bopping about, laying about, or in a car (not driving!)

[Of course, my Apple Watch gets its share of looks, no matter the device I’m using, but in my view, does not impact the Mac vs iPad argument.]

Gabe’s piece really captures my feelings about the Mac, why it...

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05:24
You can use Apple Pay to aid charities on Giving...

Apple has emailed customers that they can donate to their favorite charitable causes using Apple Pay on Giving Tuesday (that’s today). The promotes six charities: the American Red Cross, charity: water, DonorsChoose.org, (PRODUCT)RED, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital and the World Wildlife Fund. 

Giving Tuesday refers to the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It’s a movement to create an international day of giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season. Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season.

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05:18
iPads & AirPods among best-selling items on...

Analytics data from Adobe shows Cyber Monday projected to be the largest online sales day in history, with a total spend of $6.59B.

iPads and AirPods were among the most popular purchases, and a comparison of iOS and Android mobile purchases show that Apple owners had the higher spend …

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05:01
Samsung made an app that adjusts its TVs for color...

Samsung has launched an app that makes watching TV a more vibrant experience for people with color vision deficiency (CVD) -- the inability to distinguish certain shades of color (also known as color blindness). Through the SeeColors app, users can t...

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04:48
Apple/PrimeSense patent describes using hand...

Apple has today been granted a patent for using hand gestures to control a Mac. The inventors named in the patent are from PrimeSense, the company that developed Microsoft’s Kinect sensor, and which Apple acquired back in 2013.

PrimeSense was also involved in developing some of the technology behind Face ID, and the patent here appears to rely on a similar TrueDepth camera in a Mac …

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04:30
TENC for iPhone X offers protection, easy access at...

The reasonably priced ($24.95) TENC for iPhone X from Just Mobile— available in crystal clear, matte clear and matte black — perfectly lines up with the smartphone’s edges (the top two corners are completely covered, and the bottom two corners are covered to the curve). The no-frills case offers protection while offering easy access to all ports, buttons, switches. 

The TENC’s abrasion resistant coating keeps the case looking sharp. And its flexible material makes it easy to install and remove.

I also like the way the TENC feels. It’s soft to the touch and actually adds some “grippability” when holding my iPhone X. The only downside is that it doesn’t protect the tablet’s display. For that you’ll have to pay extra for a screen protector.

Apple World Today Rating (out of 5 stars): ★★★★

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04:04
China’s BOE offers iPhone-exclusive OLED production...

China’s largest display manufacturer, BOE, is reported to be making a serious bid to win OLED orders for future iPhones. It’s said to have offered to construct not just one but two large-scale OLED production lines which would be used exclusively for Apple orders.

Apple is currently dependent on Samsung for all its OLED panels for the iPhone X, a position the company almost certainly wants to change …

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04:02
Google's lightweight YouTube Go app is out of...

Google is officially ripping the beta label off YouTube Go: the lightweight app that lets you save vids to watch offline. For now, it's still only available in India and Indonesia, but there's every chance it will spread to more countries now that a...

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04:00
How to mute and unmute audio in Safari tabs in macOS...

macOS High Sierra's Safari lets you mute audio in any open tabs. You can do this right from the Smart Search field, so there’s no need to click through all your tabs to locate the one you want to silence. If you’re viewing a tab that’s not playing audio, the Audio button in the Smart Search field is white with a blue outline. If the tab is playing audio, the Audio button is solid blue.

  • Mute audio in the tab you’re viewing: Click the Audio button  in the Smart Search field.
  • Mute audio in other tabs: If you’re viewing several websites that are playing audio, Option-click the Audio button  in the Smart Search field to let audio play in the tab you’re currently viewing and mute the audio in other tabs.
  • Mute all audio: If you’re viewing a website that’s not playing audio and other tabs are playing audio, click the Audio button  in the Smart Search field to quickly mute all audio in other tabs. 
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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Nov. 28, 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

GRID Autosport from Feral Interactive has driven onto the iOS scene. The $9.99 racing game uses tilt and touch controls to deliver a mix of simulation and arcade handling.

macOS Apps/Updates

St. Clair Software has announced Default Folder X 5.1.9, an upgrade to the utility for macOS. The tool enhances the file dialogs in all Mac apps.

It provides fast navigation to your files, convenient previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Default Folder X's custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent...

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03:19
Apple Support launches YouTube channel featuring how...

Apple began a support Twitter account early in 2016, answering customer queries and tweeting out the occasional iOS tip. It has now expanded into a dedicated Apple Support YouTube channel.

The account features highly-produced tutorial videos explaining all sorts of iOS features from how to change your wallpaper to deleting your call history.

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03:15
Bkav hacking group bypasses Face ID, shows second...

In spite of Face ID being an impressive feature, yet another successful proof of concept/hack seems to have taken place.

The security system, which has apparently been fooled by twins, children, and a mask has once again been bypassed by Vietnamese security company Bkav, which made headlines in mid-November after uploading a video featuring Face ID accessed by a mask. Though successful as a proof of concept, there were several questions about the unlocking methods used in the video, including whether “Require Attention” was turned on. On Monday, Bkav shared a second video with a new mask and a clearer look at how the mask was used to spoof Face ID.

The company used a 3D printed mask made of stone powder, which can be replicated for approximately $200. 2D infrared images of eyes were then taped over the mask to emulate real eyes.

Bkav reset Face ID on camera and then set it up anew with the demonstrator’s face. “Require Attention for Face ID” and “Attention...

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03:00
iPhone X inventory improves at Apple Store retail...

If you’re hankering for an iPhone X, the odds of your being able to hoof it over to an Apple retail location and pick one up have dramatically improved since the handset’s launch at the beginning of November.

The cool cats over at The Mac Observer used Apple’s own inventory availability checker to see where the iPhone X is available.

The results proved encouraging.

The 64 GB and 256 GB models in both silver and Space Gray were available at most Apple retail stores checked.

The retail option is currently the fastest means of snagging an iPhone X at the moment. And while an online order may be convenient, the current delivery windows run between December 11th and December 18th depending on your location.

The iPhone X is Apple’s new flagship smartphone. It sports a 5.8-inch Super Retina OLED screen, 12 megapixel wide angle and telephoto cameras, Face ID, Qi wireless charging support, and more. Pricing starts at $999, and it’s easier to snag one...

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03:00
The Morning After: Tuesday, November 28th 2017

Tuesday is here, and as you await delivery on any Cyber Monday splurges, we've got a substitute phone for app detox and an otherworldly combination of lightning and a volcano. Airbnb is also accused of involvement with money laundering.

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01:29
Uber may have to answer to Congress about data...

Five states are already investigating Uber's breach that exposed data on 57 million of its users, which the company hid for a year. But now the ridesharing titan will have to explain its actions to Congress. Five Democratic and Republican Senators se...

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Monday November 27

21:06
Apple Cyber Monday Roundup: Find the best deals and...




Cyber Monday is officially here and Apple authorized resellers are slashing prices on your favorite Macs, iPads, iPhones, Apple Watches, Apple TV 4K devices and headphones. From exclusive coupon deals to instant cash rebates, shoppers can save hundreds of dollars with 0% financing offers and no sales tax collected in 48 states on most items.

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21:06
Final hour! Flash Deals: Apple's top of the...




Ends at 11:59 p.m. ET! Today only, and while supplies last, shoppers can grab Apple's Late 2016 15" MacBook Pro in Space Gray with a 2.9GHz processor, 1TB of storage and Radeon 460 graphics for $2,499. In addition to the instant discount, expedited shipping is free with no sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

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17:40
Cybersecurity experts again trick Face ID w/ 3D-...

Earlier this month, a video from cybersecurity firm Bkav made the rounds for successfully being able to “trick” Face ID using a carefully constructed mask that mimicked a real person’s face. Now, the firm is back with a new attempt at tricking Face ID, showcasing a more advanced 3D printed mask…

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16:19
Apple's Face ID with attention detection fooled...




After supposedly tricking Apple's Face ID security system earlier this month with a $150 mask, Vietnamese security firm Bkav on Monday said it has repeated the process with a second 3D-printed mask that can also bypass iPhone X's attention detection safeguard.

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16:15
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp amasses 15M downloads...

Last week, Nintendo officially released the highly anticipated Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp for iOS. We offered our initial hands-on impressions, noting of a few downsides you should expect. Now, research firm SensorTower says the game has been downloaded some 15 million times in its first week of availability…

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16:05
iPhone Users Complain About the Word 'It'...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from MacRumors: At least a few hundred iPhone users and counting have complained about the word "it" autocorrecting to "I.T" on iOS 11 and later. When affected users type the word "it" into a text field, the keyboard first shows "I.T" as a QuickType suggestion. After tapping the space key, the word "it" automatically changes to "I.T" without actually tapping the predictive suggestion. A growing number of iPhone users have voiced their frustrations about the issue on the MacRumors discussion forums, Twitter, and other discussion platforms on the web since shortly after iOS 11 was released in late September. Many users claim the apparent autocorrect bug persists even after rebooting the device and performing other basic troubleshooting. A temporary workaround is to tap Settings: General: Keyboard: Text Replacement and enter "it" as both the phrase and shortcut, but some users insist this solution does not solve the problem. A less ideal workaround...

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15:59
Apple Black Friday 2017: Find the best deals and...




Black Friday deals are here and Apple authorized resellers are slashing prices on your favorite Macs, iPads, iPhones, Apple Watches, Apple TV 4K devices and headphones. From exclusive coupon deals to instant cash rebates, shoppers can save hundreds of dollars with no sales tax collected in 48 states on many items, as well as no interest financing incentives on popular products.

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15:59
Flash Deal: Apple's 15" MacBook Pro for $1...




For 48 hours only, and while supplies last, shoppers can grab Apple's Late 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro in Silver for $1,599, the absolute lowest price ever on this quad-core notebook. In addition to the instant $800 discount, expedited shipping to the contiguous U.S. is free with no sales tax on orders shipped to addresses outside NY and NJ.

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15:59
Killer Deals: Save $70 to $350 instantly on Apple...




New, lower prices for Black Friday! AppleInsider readers can take advantage of exclusive coupons and instant discounts this week to instantly save between $70 and $350 on every Mid 2017 MacBook Pro, including Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. Plus, sales tax will not be collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ and systems qualify for 0% financing offer

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15:59
B&H's Apple Black Friday sale delivers 13...




First come, first served! B&H's Black Friday sale starts now with cash discounts of up to $800 off MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs, Mac minis, iPads, Beats headphones and 27" iMac 5Ks. Each device qualifies for free shipping with no sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ. Don't delay, many of these deals are valid today only.

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15:59
Lowest price ever: Apple's high-end 15"...




Apple authorized reseller Adorama is taking $1,000 off the Late 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro with an upgraded 2.9GHz processor and top of the line Radeon 460 graphics. This Space Gray notebook also qualifies for free expedited shipping and no tax outside NY and NJ. Adorama is also offering no interest if paid in full within 12 months using the store card.

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