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Wednesday February 7

Here are the 100+ new emoji arriving on iPhone and...

The final list for Emoji 11.0 has been finalized and it features 157 new emoji. The Unicode Consortium has announced that among the latest emoji will be superheroes, redheads, partying face, hot face, cold face, infinity, and much more.


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HomePod will use Apple’s analytics to tune EQ on...

We shared in December that Eddy Cue was set to appear at this year’s Pollstar conference, and today the Apple exec took the stage to discuss Apple Music and more. Cue danced around the discussion of Apple’s developing TV show lineup, but did share an interesting detail about how HomePod adjusts its audio with different music…


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Apple blames misdirected Search Ad reports on '...

A mistake in which Search Ads Basic reports were sent to the wrong developers was linked to a "processing error," and safeguards have been put in place to prevent a repeat incident, Apple said this week.

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48 Hours Left: Save $500 on every iMac Pro at B&...

Time is running out to exclusively save $500 on every new iMac Pro at B&H Photo, from the standard model for $4,494 to maxed out 18-core systems. This cash discount is in addition to free shipping with no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ. Request a coupon code today!

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HomeKit-compatible Philips Hue Bridge updated to...

Philips has issued new firmware for its HomeKit-compatible Hue lighting system, updating the Bridge to include support for Zigbee 3.0, allowing it to work with a wider array of connected lights, lamps, and similar devices produced by other companies.

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Snapchat thinks it can beat Instagram, stock climbs...

Reuters reports that Snapchat is confident that it can compete against Instagram, the company said in its latest earnings call. This statement has brought Snapchat’s shares up 20%.


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Apple on engineer hiring spree, with steady...

Data gleaned from Apple's job postings suggests that the company has amped up its hiring of hardware engineers, with an 80 percent increase in staffing needs from the fall of 2016 to the start of 2018.

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How to stream music from Spotify, Amazon, Tidal to a...

Apple’s HomePod, which will be released Feb. 9, has faced some criticism because it only works with Apple Music, Apple’s own music streaming service. However, you can use another iOS device's AirPlay feature to stream music from services other than Apple Music.

As noted by Business Insider, you can stream Spotify, Amazon Prime, Tidal, etc., to an HomePod from an iPhone or iPad. Here’s how:

  • Make sure your iPhone's Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections are switched on, and both the iPhone and HomePod are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  • Swipe up from the home screen of your iPhone (or down from the top-right corner on the iPhone X).
  • Locate the tile containing music playback controls.
  • Tap the icon in the top-right corner of the music playback tile.
  • Tap on your HomePod.

Now, music...

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New photos show construction progress at site of...

Apple’s rumored plans for an impressive new retail location in Walnut Creek, California are steadily progressing, seen in new photos of the structure provided to 9to5Mac.


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Apple lets public test iPhone Battery Health setting...

Members of Apple's public beta program can now test the new Battery Health settings available in iOS 11.3 beta 2 on select devices. In addition, a second beta of watchOS 4.3 was also issued.

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Apple releases second iOS 11.3 public beta

Apple has released the second iOS 11.3 public beta. The public beta is available on Apple's Beta Software Program website. Just remember that beta software, so proceed with care.

The iOS 11.3 public beta sports a "Battery Health" feature that provides info on your iPhone’s battery. There’s also four new Animoji for the iPhone X and new features such as Messages on iCloud for storing your iMessages in iCloud, and ARKit 1.5.

Apple does public betas in order to increase the size of the pool of testers. The tech giant recommends keeping back-ups of your files before installing a public beta.

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Apple releases second tvOS 11.3 public beta for...

Apple has released the second tvOS 11.3 public beta for Apple TV (fourth gen) and Apple TV 4K.


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The colour of the ancient world

Like most of us, I thought the statues and monuments we saw of the ancient Greeks, Egyptians and others were a dull white or a boring sandy brown colour.

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How to Watch the 2018 Winter Olympics on Your Apple...

The Olympics are upon us once again, so here’s how you can watch them on your Apple devices. Apologies in advance for these instructions working only for U.S. readers, but those of you in other countries probably get more sports coverage and fewer human interest stories.


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You can get a 3-port car charger for $7.40 today

If you've got a smartphone with a fancy new USB-C port—or you own a Nintendo Switch—today's deal will interest you. Aukey is selling a three-port car charger via Amazon for $7.40 when you use coupon code 6DULVOPL.

This charger is usually $20, so you're getting it for 63% off the usual price. Aukey's deal lasts until February 14.

As you might've guessed from the intro, this charger has one USB-C port and two standard USB-A ports. That means it can charge any device you throw at it, including a Type-C device with a Type-C charging cord. No need for adapters or Type-A-to-Type-C cables for your USB-C devices.

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Apple Pay picks up 26 more US banks & credit...

Apple has updated its roster of banks and credit unions with Apple Pay to include 26 more U.S. institutions, filling in a shrinking number of coverage gaps.

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Apple releases second iOS 11.3 public beta for...

Apple has released the second iOS 11.3 public beta loaded with new features for iPhone and iPad. Apple originally previewed several new features prior to the first developer beta:


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Carbonite Raises Online Backup Prices

Were you thinking about taking advantage of the 50 percent discount CrashPlan for Home users get when switching to Carbonite? Although those discount prices remain the same for the first year, the regular price you’ll pay later for Carbonite service has increased by 12 to 20 percent.


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watchOS 4.3 beta 2 for Apple Watch developers now...

Twelve days after the first developer beta, Apple has released watchOS 4.3 beta 2 for registered developers to test on Apple Watch. We’ll dig in to the new version and detail changes below.


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Goldman Sachs in talks with Apple to finance iPhone...

As Ben Bajarin said on Twitter, “The Bank of Apple is coming.”

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Apple Watch's heart rate sensor can detect...

The tiny Apple Watches on our wrists have already saved lives. Not only do they keep us more active, they can also detect a variety of heart diseases without needing any additional bands or accessories. But a new study by Cardiogram is taking it one step further.

The mobile health data company’s deep learning network, DeepHeart, already uses data from the Apple Watch ($429 on...

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“Smart” speaker – what makes a speaker smart?

Maybe if Apple had called the HomePod a “super speaker” or something else and more directly avoided the comparison to “smart” devices like the Echo and the Home, they wouldn’t be having so many tech reviewers reviewing a Ferrari as if it were a Corolla.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch or AirPods w/ Kohl...

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NYT reporter uses megaphone to decry 'slow...

An editorial in the New York Times complains about the slow death of the writer's five-year-old iPad mini, while still noting that everything about it functions fine -- if not in the eternally new fashion the author demands.

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Rescue Blurry Photos with Live Photos in iOS 11

“Take Control of iOS 11” author Josh Centers shares a quick Live Photos tip that can rescue blurry photos of hyperactive subjects like kids and dogs.


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Turn digital photos from "meh" to "...

Photolemur is the next-generation photo editing tool that we've reviewed several times here at Apple World Today -- and we've LOVED it! Photolemur uses artificial intelligence to analyze your photos and then apply adjustments that make your photos look better. The latest version of Photolemur is called Photolemur Spectre, and we have a heck of a deal on a family license for the app -- $19, which is 61 percent off of the usual $49 price tag.

The family license can be used on up to five devices in one household -- Mac or Windows!

What does Photolemur Spectre do with your digital photos?

  • Analyzes & adjusts all the various elements of your photos automatically...
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Beijing fines bogus 'Apple service center,...

Beijing has reportedly fined a fake "Apple service center" in the Chinese capital some $43,000 for intellectual property violations, confiscating fake products in the process.

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Apple Pay adds 26 more banks and credit unions in...

While Apple Pay works with nearly all of the major banks across the United States, there are still plenty of regional banks and credit unions with customers waiting for Apple Pay to work with their institution. The latest expansion includes several additional banks across the US.


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Goldman Sachs initiates coverage of AAPL stock with...

Investment firm Goldman Sachs initiated coverage of the investment world's largest company, Apple, this week, and set things off with a pessimistic tone, projecting the stock price will stay relatively flat over the next year.

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Large-scale study shows Apple Watch & other...

A large-scale study involving more than 14,000 Apple Watch and Android Wear users has shown that heart-rate data from the wearables can detect early signs of diabetes.

The study – a collaboration between UC San Francisco and digital health startup Cardiogram – was able to determine that 463 participants had previously undiagnosed diabetes …


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Apple cracks down on unsanctioned use of its emoji...

Apple appears to be taking a harder stance against developers using its custom emoji font, known as Apple Color Emoji, even in the case of apps that have been using the art for years.

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Apple Watch can detect early signs of diabetes with...

Amid rumors that Apple is working on a non-invasive glucose monitoring system for Apple Watch, researchers are using cutting edge software science to prove the heart rate sensors in current-generation wearables can successfully detect early signs of diabetes.

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Chinese authorities shut down elaborate fake Apple...

Chinese authorities have closed down an elaborate fake Apple service center in Beijing. The firm behind it was fined $43,000 as part of a reported crackdown on intellectual property breaches in the Chinese capital …


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∞ HomePod reviews of note. And one not so much.

Yesterday saw a river of HomePod reviews. Here are a few that struck me, each with its own unique spin. […]

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Proposed Federation Square Apple store criticized as...

An Apple Store proposed for Federation Square has been labelled a "Pizza Hut pagoda" as the Melbourne (Australia) City Council voted to pressure for a redesign.

At a meeting this week, the city council was told that the proposal has “overwhelmingly been rejected by the community,” with the council receiving about 800 submissions rejecting the design, reports ABC News. Councillors unanimously backed a motion by Greens Councillor Rohan Leppert to lobby the government for a new design for the store and public consultation. However, the council doesn’t have the power to actually block the development from going ahead, according to ABC News.

An artist's impression of a planned new Apple concept store at Melbourne's Federation Square. — Courtesy of the Victorian Government

Apple has three existing...

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Goldman Sachs in talks with Apple to finance iPhone...

Goldman Sachs is reportedly in talks with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) to finance iPhone purchases. According to Seeking Alphabuyers would theoretically borrow from Goldman at a cheaper interest rate than the typical credit card might charge. The bank's Marcus platform on average charges 12%.

Consumers borrowed more than $200 billion last year in point-of-sale loans, according to one consulting firm, with about $80B going toward big-ticket items. Goldman would like a piece of that, and a partnership with Apple “would be quite the coup,” says Seeking Alpha.

The Goldman Sachs Group is an American multinational finance company that engages in global investment banking, investment management, securities, and other financial services, including asset management, mergers and...

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Apple to begin accepting Alipay at its China retail...

Apple will begin accepting Alipay, a third-party mobile and online payment platform, at its local Chinese stores. The tech giant will accept Alipay payment across its 41 brick-and-mortar retail stores in China.

While Apple's China website, iTunes store and App Store have been accepting Alipay for more than a year, the new deal will make it the first third-party mobile payment system to be accepted at any physical Apple store worldwide. Alipay, which is managed by Alibaba affiliate firm Ant Financial, counts over 500 million users. Ant Financial said in a statement on Wednesday. Apple’s own payment system has had a lukewarm reception in China.

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Apple wants to make it easier to afford pricey...

Apple and Goldman Sachs are in conversations, which if fruitful, could result in alternate financing options for Apple buyers across the board in the future.

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As HomePod launches, Spotify cuts off support for...

Chris Welch, The Verge:

Spotify is removing itself from a number of home audio speakers and receivers from the likes of Onkyo, Denon, Marantz, Bang & Olufsen, Pioneer, and Yamaha. Some devices are losing Spotify integration completely, while others will require firmware updates if users want to continue receiving built-in access to their music. The products in question were once all able to independently play Spotify over the internet — no smartphone required.


[Spotify] announced this change was coming months and months ago. But at that time, things were still working as normal for users who would ultimately be impacted by the move. Over the last few weeks, the cutoff has actually occurred, and Spotify is getting a slew of complaints in its support forums about the lost functionality.

Curious timing. Is this strategy shift by Spotify related to Friday’s HomePod release? I can’t quite connect the dots, but hard to believe this is unrelated to...

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Apple’s emoji crackdown

Jeremy Burge, Emojipedia:

WhatsApp used Apple emojis on Android for years, and only recently created its own emoji set for use on Android and the web. Slack, too, offered Apple emojis on all platforms until today.

Whether these changes were due to pressure from Apple, or a growing realisation that this might not be the right way to go about cross-platform use, we don’t know for sure.

Other apps such as Signal and Telegram continue to use Apple emojis on Android.

That’s Android. How about using Apple emoji in your iOS app?

Last week app developer Sam Eckert reported that an update to his iOS app BitTracker was rejected by Apple due to lack of compliance with its guidelines for trademarks and copyrights.

Specifically, emoji use in BitTracker was called out as being problematic in both the iPhone app, and a small Chart Decreasing emoji used in the watchOS app was also an issue.

Jeremy goes on to show more examples of app rejection, and...

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You’ll be able to watch ‘live segments of key winter...

Snapchat has announced that users will be able to watch ‘live segments of key moments’ of the winter Olympics in South Korea from Saturday.

The firm says that it is aiming to complement rather than compete with TV coverage …


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∞ Android Nougat, which first shipped in August 2016...

Up until this week, the most used version of Android was Marshmallow, which shipped in October of 2015. That has now changed.

As you can see in this official Android pie chart, Android Nougat (which shipped in August 2016) has just squeaked by, with an adoption rate of 28.5% (as opposed to Marshmallow’s 28.1%).

Here’s the current (as of January 18th) iOS adoption picture:

iOS 11, which shipped this past September, is used on 65% of devices. Fragmentation is still a big issue for Android. If nothing else, those old versions of Android carry the malware susceptibilities that, presumably, have been patched in the most recent version of Android, called Oreo.

The capper? Oreo was released one month before iOS 11 and has an adoption rate of about 1%.

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Apple invention is for an in-vehicle wireless...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9885501) for an in-vehicle wireless communication system that involves CarPlay and an iOS device.

Compatible with the iPhone 5 and later models, CarPlay provides a simplified way to use your iPhone interface on a car’s touch screen, giving users access to Siri voice controls, as well as Apple Maps, Apple Music, Phone, Messages, and a variety of third party apps.

Apple’s patent enables a user device such as an iPhone or iPad to establish a secure, high-bandwidth wireless connection with a vehicle accessory system (CarPlay) to enable the user device to wirelessly stream user interface (UI) information to the vehicle accessory system. To implement this technique, a lower-bandwidth wireless technology (e.g., Bluetooth) is used as an initial means for establishing a Wi-Fi pairing between the user device and the vehicle accessory system. 

Wi-Fi parameters associated with a Wi-Fi network provided by the vehicle accessory system...

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Apple Pay takes further backseat in China as company...

Apple has had to work hard to promote Apple Pay in China due to the popularity of existing, local mobile wallet apps like WeChat Pat and Alipay.

The company had already bowed to the inevitable in allowing local apps to be used for online payments, but is now set to go even further …


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BBEdit 12.1 is major new release, built as 64-bit...

Simply put, if you use BBEdit (I use it all the time, so check it out if you don’t already own it), you should upgrade to 12.1.

Here’s a link to the BBEdit 12.1 release notes, so you can see what’s new.

It still doesn’t suck.

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FotoJet is a handy (and free!) web app for creating...

FotoJet is a useful, free web app that lets you quickly create good-looking photo cards, collages and social media arts without any downloading or installing. And free is always good.

The app includes more than 560 designs. Pick one and you've started your project. Click the Collage category to show all the collage templates divided into six styles: Modern, Classic, Art, Holiday, 3D and Creative.

Click the Photo Card category to show all the photo card templates for Anniversary, Baby, Birthday, Father’s Day, Graduation, Thank You, Travel and Wedding. Or click the Social Media category to show the templates for Facebook Cover and Facebook Post.

You can browse all the templates and choose your favorite one by double clicking or by clicking the Choose button.

Next, you can add your own photos from your Mac or from Facebook directly. Click Auto Fill to automatically fill your photos into the template. Or...

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Apple customers could get cheaper financing through...

Apple is reportedly in talks with investment bank Goldman Sachs to offer new financing to consumers buying iPhones, watches and other devices. For some customers, this could offer them a better deal than they can get today.

Few details are revealed, so it’s not known whether this would supplement or replace either of Apple’s existing financing schemes, which offer interest rates ranging from 0% to 28.24% …


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How to use Siri to get directions on your iPhone,...

It’s easy to use Siri, Apple’s “personal digital assistant,” on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch to get directions. Here’s how on your iOS device:

  • Hold down the Home button to activate Siri (or say “Hey, Siri” if your iOS device supports this feature).
  • Tell Siri the place you want directions to. For example. “Where is Barnes & Noble?”
  • Siri will show you the location on a map. If there are multiple locations, you can tap the one you want.
  • The location will be shown to you on a map.
  • Siri will then present you with directions from your current location to your destination.
  • Tap Start and you’re good to go.

Here’s how on the Apple Watch:

  • Open the Maps app by pressing the Digital Crown to access the home screen, and then tapping on the Maps icon. 
  • To search for a new location, tap Search (to look for a specific named location) or Nearby (to browse categories of nearby locations, such as...
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Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 7, 2018

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

BBC Worldwide and games publisher and developer Kalypso Media, have collaborated to produce The Official BBC Earth Quiz. It’s a “natural history-themed mobile quiz game” that features content from the hit series Blue Planet II, as well as other award-winning BBC natural history documentaries. The Official BBC Earth Quiz is free, but does tout in-app purchases.

Tekton Technologies has announced Swift Miles - Mileage Tracker. It’s a business expense tracker for business users and employees to claim deductions that provides automatic trip detection,...

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iOS 11.3 beta 2 released, sports battery monitoring/...

iOS 11.3 has entered its second developer beta and it appears that the new version of the operating system will add battery health information and management feature to iOS 11.3 in response to customer complaints about the way the company fixed an issue where iPhones with degrading batteries were experiencing unexpected device crashes. The crashes were caused by the processor trying to draw more power than the battery could provide, so Apple spread those intensive tasks over multiple processor cycles. The end result was slower iPhones, which many people interpreted as Apple intentionally hobbling performance to force new phone purchases.

To see the new battery information in iOS 11.3 go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health. This is where you’ll see your iPhone battery’s maximum capacity (100% when your battery is new). As your battery ages and loses the ability to hold the same charge it did when new you’ll see the percentage drop. That’s showing how much your...

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Apple may be considering full rebates for full-...

Apple may be looking to offer rebates to customers who purchased a full-cost replacement iPhone battery only to get around throttled performance.

One of the questions submitted in January by Senator John Thune, chairman of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, was whether Apple was exploring the possibility of rebates. Apple’s response was released on Tuesday.

“Yes, we are exploring this and will update you accordingly,” stated Cynthia Hogan, Apple’s VP for public policy in the Americas.

As of now, the current policy for AppleCare iPhone support is for Apple to offer a $29 replacement battery, complete with repair, for any battery installed since December 1st. This price is only available for customers who specifically request the replacement battery for qualifying iPhone models.

In late December Apple relented to public pressure after its admission that it was slowing down iPhones with weak batteries. The company has reduced out-of-warranty battery...

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HP's EliteBooks pack mics on both sides for...

Laptop updates are no longer confined to boring iterative improvements year after year. We're starting to see useful new features being introduced to PCs, even if they aren't the most groundbreaking ideas. Case in point: HP's new business notebooks w...

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Tuesday February 6

Apple retail stores to accept Alipay mobile payments...

In a move seemingly designed to increase sales and local sentiment, Apple will soon accept payments from popular Chinese service Alipay at its 41 brick-and-mortar stores in the country, the first third-party system in the world to enjoy support from Apple's retail arm.

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Apple's proposed Australian flagship store...

Apple is facing a rare adverse reaction to the design of a proposed global flagship store in Australia, with the Melbourne City Council on Tuesday voting to lobby the government and Apple for a new aesthetic.

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I’ve been testing Apple’s new HomePod for the last week or so, and this is the first product review I’ve written that could be accurately summarized in the length of a tweet, and an old-school 140-character tweet at that: HomePod does exactly what Apple says it does, doesn’t do anything more than what Apple says it does, and costs $349. There.

To wit, Apple says HomePod:

  • Has great audio quality.
  • Is easy to set up.
  • Makes it easy to play audio content from Apple (Apple Music, iTunes Store, iCloud Music Library, podcasts from iTunes’s directory).
  • Has primary interaction via Siri. You just talk to HomePod.
  • Allows secondary interaction using HomePod as an AirPlay speaker.

All of this is true.

Apple’s product names are sometimes inscrutable, but other times are perfectly sensible. AirPods and HomePod are such a case. The two products are very much siblings:...

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Back to the Mac 002: The apps that power my macOS...

In this week’s episode of Back to the Mac, I talk about ten of my favorite apps for macOS. It doesn’t matter if you’re using an iMac Pro or a MacBook Air, all of these apps may prove to be useful in your day-to-day workflow. more…

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What Apple's Battery Health 'Fix'...

Apple has released new battery health features in iOS 11.3 beta 2, which was seeded to developers today. BGR reports what those battery health functions look like, and how to disable power management if you're using an older iPhone: The feature is contained within a new "Battery Health" menu, which is under the "Battery" tab on iOS 11.3. The page only really has two fields: Maximum Capacity, which shows what percentage of the original charge your battery can still hold; and Peak Performance Capacity, which tells you if your phone's performance is being throttled due to the battery. Right now, there are no options to change anything within the menu. Maximum Capacity should be at 100% for newer phones, and it should fall down to around 80% over the course of about two years of normal use. A Redditor on the iOSBeta forum uploaded a photo of his iPhone 7, which is sitting at 87% capacity. That device still shows peak performance.

On older devices with a worse battery, the phone...

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ESPN to launch $4.99/month streaming service this...

Disney CEO Bob Iger on Tuesday officially announced plans to debut a long-rumored ESPN streaming service, saying the sports-centric offering will launch this spring as part of a redesigned ESPN app.

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Apple: iPhone 8 & iPhone X include ‘hardware...

Earlier today, Apple issued a response to inquisitions from Senator John Thune regarding its iPhone battery debacle. Apple explained in the response that it is “considering” offering rebates to those customers who paid full price for battery replacements.

The letter, shared in full by Business Insider, also offers some additional details on whether or not iPhone 8 iPhone X users could soon be plagued by the same throttling…


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Apple Homepod Review: Locked In

On Tuesday, the review embargo lifted for full reviews of Apple's new HomePod smart speaker. The Verge's Niley Patel shared his thoughts on Apple's new HomePod in video and written form. Patel found that while it offers best-in-class sound for the price, Siri is frustratingly limited and the voice controls only work with Apple Music. Furthermore, Siri can't tell different voices apart, therefore raising some privacy concerns as anyone can come up to the speaker and ask Siri to send and read text messages and other private information aloud. Here's an excerpt from the report: The HomePod, whether Apple likes it or not, is the company's answer to the wildly popular Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers. Apple is very insistent that the $349 HomePod has been in development for the past six years and that it's entirely focused on sound quality, but it's entering a market where Amazon is advertising Alexa as a lovable and well-known character during the Super Bowl instead of...

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Lowest Price Anywhere: $100 off plus free $10 gift...

Readers this week can preorder CalDigit's brand-new TS3 Plus 15-port Thunderbolt 3 Dock with a 1 meter cable for $269 ($100 off) with a free $10 B&H gift card. This exclusive bonus is in addition to free expedited shipping and no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

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Apple Daily Report for Feb. 6, 2018

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, deals with a death in the family. Prayers go out to the entire Sande family. In the place of the AWT News Update, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

Yikes! Apple has apparently sent several developers report emails for Search Ads Basics that belong to other developers, according to MacRumors

Apple is pulling back on buying corporate bonds with its overseas cash as it prepares to bring the money home to the U.S., reports Bloomberg, quoting unnamed “people with knowledge of the matter.”

An app for Abbott's FreeStyle Libre glucose reader is said to be...

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022: HomePod reviews, iOS 11.3 beta 2, iPhone...

Today we’ve got HomePod reviews, changes in iOS 11.3 beta 2, the new Battery Health feature for iPhone, and more.

9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.


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Best Buy is selling an 8TB external hard drive for $...

When you need external storage for your PC, you might as well go big: Best Buy has dropped the price of WD's 8TB easystore drive to $160.

The last time we saw this deal was early January, and as we acknowledged last time, this drive was cheaper in November during the Black Friday madness. However, this is still a good price. A similar drive sells for $20 more on Amazon right now.

WD's easystore drive features a promised data transfer rate of 5Gbps over USB 3.0, and comes with WD Backup software if you need help figuring out how to backup your PC's files. Otherwise you can use your favorite backup utility such as Windows 10's File History. This drive also has a two-year warranty.


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‘ESPN Plus’ streaming service launching this spring...

In conjunction with the company’s earnings release today, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced that ESPN’s upcoming streaming service will cost $4.99 per month. The service is the first direct-to-consumer offering from ESPN and was originally teased last year


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Uber reinstates Maps extensions, Siri integration in...

Uber in an update to its iOS app on Tuesday re-enabled Maps and Siri integrations that were inexplicably removed in January, suggesting the apparent error originated with the ride sharing app and not Apple's operating system.

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EU to scrutinize Apple's Shazam takeover on...

The European Commission on Tuesday said it will look into whether Apple's proposed Shazam acquisition meets competition standards, following a request by several EU countries.

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Apple makes available second macOS High Sierra 10.13...

Three hours after the release of the second iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3 betas, Apple has deployed the second macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 beta.

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Apple releases macOS 10.13.4 beta 2 for developers

Apple has released macOS 10.13.4 beta 2 for registered developers to test on compatible Macs. We’ll dig in to the new version and detail changes below.


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First look: iPhone Battery Health settings in iOS 11...

Apple's second beta of iOS 11.3 adds the anticipated iPhone Battery Health section, allowing users to check the longevity and remaining capacity of their device's battery, and also control throttling of it. AppleInsider offers a first look at how it will work when iOS 11.3 ships to the public later this spring.

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Apple support page discusses iPhone performance...

Apple has published a new page about lithium ion batteries in an iPhone, discussing how they work in simple terms, why throttling is necessary, and how iPhone performance management works in iOS 11.3.

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ZAGG debuts Rugged Book keyboard/detachable case for...

ZAGG has announced the $129.99 Rugged Book, a wireless keyboard and detachable case for the Apple iPad, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad Air 2. 

It boasts four modes (book, keyboard, case, and video), an adjustable cradle hinge for 180 degrees of viewing angles, and a detachable keyboard with reinforced metal plating. The Rugged Book also features four layers of construction that meet military drop-test standards, allowing it to protect the device from drops from up to two meters/6.6 feet, says Charlie Quong, vice president, product development for ZAGG. 

Backlit keys, available in seven different colors, make typing easy in low-light conditions, he adds. The rechargeable battery purportedly lasts up to two years between charges; built-in magnets activate the keyboard’s sleep/wake function to preserve battery life.

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Apple preps second Chinese data center, switch-on...

Putting aside privacy concerns about the first one, Apple is reportedly laying the groundwork for a second Chinese data center that will go online two years from now.

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How will new iPhones manage power? Apple’s response...

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In early January, Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, called upon Apple to answer for the lack of transparency it showed surrounding its slow-down practices for aging iPhones. Today, Thune's office released Apple's response: a five-page letter in which...

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Data mining efforts reveal quests arriving in future...

'Pokemon Go' may soon get an update to add some single player-focused content to the popular Niantic game for iPhone, after data mining efforts revealed elements of a new quest system that could offer more things to do in the game, as well as teaching new players basic gameplay concepts.

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How to check battery health and disable battery...

As promised, Apple has included a new screen in the iOS 11.3 beta 2 settings called Battery Health (Beta) available on all iPhones since iPhone 6. This view includes information about the maximum capacity of the battery in the device, and describes whether the battery has degraded to the point where it can no longer offer peak performance.

All devices upgrading to iOS 11.3 start with performance management disabled. It will be enabled by the system when the device first experiences an unexpected shutdown. However, users can go into Settings -> Battery -> Battery Health and disable it. See how (as well as all the different states) after the break …


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iOS 11.3 beta 2 adds brand new ClassKit framework...

The second beta of iOS 11.3, released earlier today, includes the new battery health screen where users will be able to see whether their devices are being affected by poor battery health, but that’s not the only new thing in this release.


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Apple files patent for stylus that works without a...

A new Apple patent details a stylus that can be used without a screen. It specifically mentions “force sensors” which leads us to believe that this could be used with future versions of the Mac that have Force Touch trackpads.


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Apple’s plan to buy Shazam just hit a European...

Apple officially announced its acquisition of the music recognition and tagging company, Shazam, last December. While this deal may not sound like one to experience antitrust hurdles, the EU is launching a probe to review the acquisition’s effect on competition.


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Apple unveils second iOS 11.3, tvOS 11.3 betas for...

Two weeks after the debut, Apple has updated the iOS 11.3 beta adding the first Battery Health beta features, and also deployed a new tvOS beta version.

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Apple Is Seeing 'Strong Demand' For...

In a letter addressed to the U.S. lawmakers, Apple said earlier this month that it was seeing "strong demand" for replacement iPhone batteries. The company added that it may offer rebates for consumers who paid full price for new batteries. From a report: Apple confirmed in December that software to deal with aging batteries in iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE models could slow down performance. The company apologized and lowered the price of battery replacements for affected models from $79 to $29. In the letter released Tuesday, amid nagging allegations that it slowed down phones with older batteries as a way to push people into buying new phones, the company said it was considering issuing rebates to consumers who paid full price for replacement batteries.


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Apple may offer rebates to customers who have...

Apple is exploring whether to offer rebates to customers who previously purchased fresh iPhone batteries in the wake of “Batterygate,” the controversy about the company’s practice of slowing down older devices, reports Recode.

Sen. John Thune, who leads the tech-focused Commerce Committee, asked Apple in a letter last month: “Has Apple explored whether consumers who paid the full, non-discounted price for a replacement batter in an effort to restore performance should be allowed to seek a rebate for some of the purchase price?”

In response, Cynthia Hogan, the iPhone giant’s vice president for public policy in the Americas, told Thune in a reply released today: “Yes,...

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tvOS 11.3 beta 2 for Apple TV developers now...

Apple has released tvOS 11.3 beta 2 for registered developers to test on Apple TV (fourth-gen) and Apple TV 4K. We’ll dig in to the new version and detail changes below.


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Apple releases iOS 11.3 beta 2 with battery health...

Thirteen days after the first developer beta, Apple has released iOS 11.3 beta 2 for registered developers to test on iPhone and iPad. We’ll dig in to the new version and detail changes below.


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Apple considering whether to offer rebates for full-...

Apple may offer rebates to people who bought a full-cost replacement iPhone battery to get around throttled performance, according to a newly-published response from the company.

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European Commission to examine Apple’s acquisition...

The European Commission — an institution of the European Union, responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the EU treaties and managing the day-to-day business of the EU — says it’s accepted a request from Austria, France, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden to assess under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Shazam by Apple. 

The Commission will look into whether the transaction may threaten to adversely affect competition in the European Economic Area (EEA). The EEA is the area in which the Agreement on the EEA provides for the free movement of persons, goods, services and capital within the European Single Market, including the freedom to choose residence in any country within this area. The EEA was established on Jan. 1, 1994. The European Single Market is a single market which seeks to guarantee the free movement of goods, capital, services, and labor – the "four freedoms" – within the European Union, the political and...

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Apple plans not one, but two, new data centers in...

On Saturday, reports said that Apple plans to open its first China data center in 2020. Now it looks like Apple will have two centers operable by that date. 

The official Xinhua news agency, citing local government, says the second center will be built in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in the north. As Apple's first data center in north China, it would commence operation in 2020 and offer iCloud services on the Chinese mainland. Last year, Apple set up a data center in the southern province of Guizhou, its first in China, to comply with the tougher cyber-security laws.

The first facility, which will be entirely driven by renewable energy, will be built and run in partnership with Guizhou on the Cloud Big Data. The center is part of Apple's planned $1 billion investment the southern province of Guizhou.


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Apple considering reimbursing customers who paid $79...

Recode reports that Apple is looking into the possibility of reimbursing customers who have paid the full $79 for an iPhone battery replacement. Lawmaker Sen. John Thune asked Apple about the issue and the company says that it is exploring ways to do so.


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Report: 2017 brings huge Apple Watch growth, 18...

New data from Canalys today shares details on Apple Watch shipments, and 2017 was a big win for Apple’s wearable. The reports says that Apple beat expectations with sales of 18 million units.


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Apple cutting back on bond buys ahead of plans to...

As it gets ready to bring billions in foreign cash back to the U.S., Apple is also reportly drawing back on its purchases of corporate bonds.

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BBEdit 12.1 adds Touch Bar support on MacBook Pros,...

Bare Bones Software has just released an important new update to its BBEdit HTML and text editor. Version 12.1 makes BBEdit a 64-bit application for the first time, which has performance advantages now and future-proofs BBEdit for upcoming macOS updates.


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Apple sells 18 million Apple Watches in 2017 (up 54...

Apple Watch shipments beat expectations, topping 18 million in 2017, up by more than 54% from 2016, according to Canalys

The Series 3 was the key growth driver, as total shipments of the latest version of the smartwatch were just under nine million, making up nearly half of all shipments in 2017, adds the research group. Apple’s fourth quarter performance was impressive in itself, as shipments grew by more than 32% over quarter four of 2016 to eight million, the highest ever number of shipments in a single quarter, not just for Apple, but for any wearable vendor.

“The cellular version of the Apple Watch was in strong demand in the U.S., Japan and Australia, where all major operators stocked it in time for the holiday season,” says Vincent Thielke, research analyst at Canalys. 

The Apple Watch Series 3 is the fastest-selling LTE wearable on the market, with shipments doubling quarter on quarter to reach 1.6...

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Bloomberg: Apple decreases bond purchases ahead of...

A new report from Bloomberg today says that Apple is reducing its bond purchases ahead of bringing its overseas cash back to the US. As other tech companies are doing the same, there are concerns about how this will affect the corporate bond market.


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Apple error sends Search Ads Basic advertising...

An issue with the way Apple provides reports to iPhone and iPad app developers about advertising and installation rates has been uncovered, with a number of app developers claiming to receive reports for apps belonging to other developers instead of their own creations.

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Apple takes media on tour of audio lab in run-up to...

Apple recently took a well-known blog on a tour of its audio labs, using the occasion to talk up its first smartspeaker, the HomePod, shipping on Feb. 9 for $349.

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HomePod review roundup: 'Room filling,'...

With less than 72 hours until its release, the first HomePod reviews are in from a hand-picked group of media outlets, and they’re very positive—as long as you’re buying Apple’s $349 smart speaker for sound quality. The Homepod’s “smarts,” though, leave much to be desired.

That’s not a total surprise, since Siri is woefully inadequate on other devices and Apple hadn’t given us any indication that it has enhanced Siri for HomePod. But in action it’s even worse than we expected. Brian X. Chen of The New York Times laments Siri’s capabilities on the new speaker and concludes that “Siri doesn’t even work as well on HomePod as it does on the iPhone.”


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∞ “The blue marble”

This guy is a mad genius. I hope he continues to use his powers for good and never evil.

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The art of sound mixing vs sound editing

This is a great series of videos explaining the differences between sound mixing vs sound editing by Oscar winner Walter Murch. I don’t know much about sound but I know I’d watch Murch explain the phone book. Always an interesting guy to listen to.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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HomePod review roundup: not as smart as it could be...

Apple seeded HomePod review units to a number of websites, embargoed for today, and the first reviews are landing.

There are quibbles. More than one reviewer said that, for a smart speaker, it wasn’t as smart as its rivals. But when it comes to audio quality, everyone was universally impressed. The clear consensus here is that the sound quality isn’t just the best available from a smart speaker, it out-performs many more expensive speakers.

Even What HiFi gave it a full five stars, and based on the rave reviews below, I’m really looking forward to taking delivery of mine and finding out whether the sound really is so much better than I’d so far been expecting


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