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Tuesday November 7

07:15
The casting of a giant mirror for the first Giant...

I love stories of the mysteries of our universe but equally fascinating to me are stories of how we design and build the devices that let us discover those mysteries.

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07:09
iPhone X availability expands to 14 more countries...




Following what appears to have been a blockbuster first weekend of sales of the iPhone X, Apple has announced that it is expanding sales of the device to 14 more countries on Nov. 23 and Nov. 24.

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06:52
Apple Domain Northside retail store in Austin, Texas...




Apple will open its newest Apple store in Austin, Texas on Saturday at Domain Northside, with the early store nearby likely to shutter.

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06:50
Fix for iOS “i” autocorrect issue reportedly coming...

Enlarge / A functional iPhone X, unlike the ones that went through recent stress testing. (credit: Samuel Axon)

In the past few days, some iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users reported a bug that autocorrects the single letter "i" to either "A," an exclamation point, or a symbol that resembles a question mark in a box. While the bug doesn't appear to affect all users, it's widespread enough for Apple to be working on a fix for it. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Apple plans to fix the problem in forthcoming iOS beta and public releases that should come sometime...

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06:41
The iPhone X will arrive in 13 more countries on Nov...

Apple says the iPhone X will arrive in 13 additional countries across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa as well as Macau on Friday, Nov. 24.

Ordering for the next gen Apple smartphone started in some countries on Oct. 27 with the first units shipping Nov. 3. The iPhone X comes in 64GB and 256GB models with pricing starting at $999.

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06:31
iPhone X video quality fares well against...

The iPhone’s camera system has long been a favorite of professional videographers looking to capture video with mobile rigs, and the iPhone X is proving to be no exception. This year, Apple brought a faster, f2.4 aperture telephoto lens to their flagship phone, featuring dual optical image stabilization. New to not only the iPhone X, but 8 and 8 Plus as well is 4K video recording at 60fps, and slow-mo video in 1080p at 240fps.

In a new video, photography blog Fstoppers put the iPhone X’s improved video capabilities to the test, comparing the phone to a professional mirrorless camera, the Panasonic GH5.

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06:25
The 100-megapixel Moon

SyFyWire, on an epic image of the moon created by artist Seán Doran:

I have seen the Moon countless times through my own telescopes in the past, and it’s never looked as breathtaking as this! Mind you, I had to shrink this shot considerably to get it to fit here; this is about 2,000 pixels wide.

And:

But then, this isn’t a single image: It’s a mosaic composed of images taken using the Wide Angle Camera (WAC) on board the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), a NASA mission that has been circling the Moon since 2009.

And:

To get the correct perspective for the Moon as a globe, Doran took the images, along with altimeter data, and mapped them onto a sphere. That way features near the edge look foreshortened, as they really do when you look at the entire Moon. He also used Apollo images to make sure things lined up. So the image isn’t exactly scientifically rigorous, but it is certainly spectacular.

You can download a...

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06:18
Apple launches another $7 billion bond sale to fund...




Apple continues to leverage bond sales and low interest rates to fund both its stock buyback program and green initiatives, with an upcoming $7 billion sale to hit U.S. debt capital markets.

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06:15
HITMAN—Game of the Year Edition arrives on the Mac

HITMAN – Game of the Year Edition is now available on the Mac. Developed by Io-Interactive for Windows and consoles, it’s brought to macOS and Linux by Feral Interactive.

As master assassin Agent 47, players will carry out contract hits on powerful, high-profile targets in exotic locations around the world. Each mission is set in a detailed and heavily-populated sandbox level that challenges players to complete it in the most creative way possible. HITMAN – Game of the Year Edition includes the complete first season; the Patient Zero mission arc, and three new Escalation mission packs.

Players can buy HITMAN – Game of the Year Edition from the Feral Store for $61.51. If they already own some HITMAN content, they can complete their Game of the Year bundle on Steam.

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06:14
The very short history of Animoji Karaoke, with lots...

Harry McCracken invented Animoji Karaoke about a week ago:

As I used a pre-release iPhone X this week, it suddenly occurred to me that it might be fun to lip-sync a song to an Animoji and have it mimic my performance. I dubbed the idea “Animoji Karaoke” and have been filling my Twitter feed with it. Judging from my likes, retweets, and comments, I haven’t just been entertaining myself; some people said that it redeemed Animoji or justifed buying a thousand-dollar phone. Even cynics have taken notice of my breakthrough.

Harry’s efforts have spawned a tidal wave of similar efforts. If you’ve never seen one before, here’s a great example:

And then we proceeded to waste half our day. #animojikaraoke...

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06:10
iPhone X will go on sale in 13 more countries on...

Apple has announced that the iPhone X will go on sale in 13 more countries on November 24. It is currently available in 57 countries …

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06:04
Walmart makes silly claim that Walmart Pay is about...

More and more stores accept Apple Pay, but there has been one big hold-out: Walmart. The world’s largest retailer decided instead to create its own mobile wallet service, Walmart Pay …

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05:57
Apple is granted a patent for 3D hand tracking using...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,811,721) for “three-dimensional hand tracking using depth sequences.” It relates generally to the field of computer vision and machine learning.

In the patent filing, Apple says that the ability to understand human gestures, and, in particular, hand gestures, as they relate to human-computer interactive (HCI), is a “very important” aspect in understanding the intentions and desires of the user in a wide variety of applications. The company’s invention involves a system and method for 3D hand tracking.

To what end? Beyond the Face ID technology and the TrueDepth camera that debuted with the iPhone X (and is expected to move to other Apple devices in the future), hand gesturing could be used as a new input methodology for tasks such as touchless drawing.

Of course, Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However...

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05:49
Austin Mann’s detailed iPhone X camera review

[VIDEO] One thing I love about Austin Mann’s reviews is that they focus on real-life scenarios, as opposed to numbers and grades.

Read the review, check out all the images, watch the embedded videos. You’ll definitely get a sense of what Austin sees in the iPhone X display and camera.

One particular video to make sure you watch is the one embedded in the main Loop post. It shows the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X displays side-by-side. The difference in the black-point for each display is obvious and, to me at least, surprisingly far apart. That iPhone X display is gorgeous.

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05:46
iPhone assembler Wistron reportedly looking to...

Wistron, Apple’s primary assembler in India, is is scouting for about 100 acres of land in Bangalore to expand its facilities, reports Bloomberg, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the matter.”

Those anonymous sources said execs from Wiston toured the city last week and have shortlisted a few parcels including one plot close to the airport. The Taiwan-based manufacturer, which began making the iPhone SE in India this year.

Apple has set its sights on the growing Indian market by pushing for shipments of the smartphone model with the goal of doubling the iPhone's market share in the country over the next five years. Focus Taiwan reported in August that the tech giant signed up Wistron to assemble the new iPhone SEs after the Taiwanese firm started to produce the model in India in May, targeting markets...

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05:44
Wistron looking to add new Apple-centric factory...




Apple's iPhone SE supplier in India, Wistron, has reportedly identified a few areas where it could build a new plant to continue building the company's products locally.

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05:31
Apple issues ‘the facts’ about its tax payments

After the New York Times reported that Apple is stashing much of its cash hoard on the small island of Jersey, which typically doesn’t tax corporate income, Apple has issued a statement on its tax payments, as follows:

Apple believes every company has a responsibility to pay its taxes, and as the largest taxpayer in the world, Apple pays every dollar it owes in every country around the world. We’re proud of the economic contributions we make to the countries and communities where we do business.

We’re presenting the facts on this page in response to reporting by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Among the inaccuracies in these reports:

  • The changes Apple made to its corporate structure in 2015 were specially designed to preserve its tax payments to the United States, not to reduce its taxes anywhere else. No...
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05:23
Delight

Ever since the iPhone X rollout, I’ve been struggling to put into words that feeling the iPhone X brought to the table, something that’s been missing from iPhone rollouts for some time.

When iPhone X release day hit, lots of other people felt that thing. Suddenly, there were lines again. The iPhone X display at the Apple Store was mobbed. That magic thing was back.

Ben Thomson, Stratechery:

I’m spoiled, I know: gifted with the rationalization of being a technology analyst, I buy an iPhone every year. Even so, I thought the iPhone 7 was a solid upgrade: it was noticeably faster, had an excellent screen, and the camera was great; small wonder it sold in record number everywhere but China.

What it lacked, though — and I didn’t fully appreciate this until I got an iPhone X — was delight.

Yup. That’s the word. Delight.

Face ID isn’t perfect: there are a...

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05:18
Opinion: Latest controversy illustrates the need for...

Apple is once again being accused of tax avoidance. This time, it’s analysis of the so-called ‘paradise papers,’ a massive leak of financial documents relating to countries commonly used as offshore tax havens.

The BBC claims that, once Apple was unable to use an Irish tax arrangement to reduce its tax obligations, it looked for a similar arrangement elsewhere.

The world’s most profitable firm has a secretive new structure that would enable it to continue avoiding billions in taxes, the Paradise Papers show.

They reveal how Apple sidestepped a 2013 crackdown on its controversial Irish tax practices by actively shopping around for a tax haven. It then moved the firm...

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05:09
DisplayMate on iPhone X display: “superbly accurate...

DisplayMate:

Switching from LCDs to OLEDs is a major engineering and manufacturing challenge, so I was eager to test and evaluate the new OLED iPhone X.

The result: Apple has produced an impressive Smartphone display with excellent performance and accuracy, which we cover in extensive detail below. What makes the iPhone X the Best Smartphone Display is the impressive Precision Display Calibration Apple developed, which transforms the OLED hardware into a superbly accurate, high performance, and gorgeous display, with close to Text Book Perfect Calibration and Performance!

There is a huge amount of detail here, a terrific take on OLED and on the iPhone X display in particular. No small feat for Apple that DisplayMate named the iPhone X as Best Smartphone Display.

[H/T John Kordyback]

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05:00
Deal: Lifetime 100GB Subscription to Zoolz...

About a month ago, we had one heck of a great deal on lifetime subscription to Zoolz Intelligent Cloud, the storage service that TopTenReviews named Number One for Best Business Cloud! If you missed out on that limited time offer, we're sorry...but we're giving you a chance on another Zoolz subscription. This time, it's a lifetime 100GB subscription for only $49.99.

What's so intelligent about Zoolz Intelligent Cloud? Using artificial intelligence, Zoolz provides companies with a unique approach to backup by analyzing and organizing their data to automate backup and organize data in a way that makes it immediately accessible from any device. 

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04:30
DaVinci drone hard to beat for the features it offer...

By Doug Sellers

I’m an engineer by trade, but an overgrown kid all other times. I’ve been wanting a “quality” drone for some time, but the price tag (> $1,000) led me to the low-cost drones on the shelf at the local discount store (<$100). You get what you pay for … low cost drones provide low cost thrills.

Lightweight = fly indoors = broken stuff = angry wife = fly outside with wind blowing = lost or broken drone. Simply put, low-cost, lightweight drones are not designed for outdoor use, so don’t be fooled by the fancy packaging. They also have limited battery life (< 5 minutes at best) and the inability to have a “birds eye view” of what you’re flying over

When I received the $295 DaVinci from Aerix Drones, I tore into the package like a kid at Christmas — although most kids don’t have to push their grandkids out of the way to open a toy;  but it never stops me!

The packaging was...

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04:00
How to use Night Shift in macOS High Sierra

macOS High Sierra’s Night Shift is a feature brought over from iOS. It helps you reduce the amount of blue light you're exposed to during the evening by shifting the display of a Mac to a more yellow tone.

Blue wavelengths—which are beneficial during daylight hours because they boost attention, reaction times, and mood—seem to be disruptive at night. The proliferation of electronics with screens, as well as energy-efficient lighting, is increasing our exposure to blue wavelengths, especially after sundown and may affect sleeping patterns.

Apple hasn't made it as simple as possible to implement Night Shift in macOS, but here’s how you do it:

  • Open the System Preferences app.
  • Click Displays.
  • Select Night Shift.

You can turn Night Shift on or off. Set it to come on from sunset to sunrise — or you can use the Customize options to implement it for the hours of your choosing.

You can also adjust the color temperature via a...

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04:00
LTE filters for TV antennas: What they are and do...

Cellular signals on frequencies adjacent to the ones used for TV broadcasts can interfere with TV reception. An inexpensive filter can fix the problem.

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03:54
As Apple’s revenue in India doubles, iPhone...

iPhone assembler Wistron, is preparing to expand its manufacturing operations in India. It follows Apple announcing during its recent earnings call that revenue in the country had doubled year-on-year.

India is a key market for Apple, representing huge growth potential, but with a number of challenges …

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Nov. 7, 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

Shiverware Interactive has launched NextLook Hairstyles 1.0. The free app allows hairstylists to share their creations and help users find their next look. NextLook Hairstyles allows anyone to browse the work and booking information of stylists both in their area and around the globe. Professional hairstylists can create a following by developing a portfolio showcasing their daily creations.

macOS Apps/Updates

Cognito Software has released MoneyWorks Datacentre 8, extensible accounting and business system for macOS. 

With the ability to...

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03:15
Some users experiencing errors activating iPhone X...

There might be a hiccup for some users when it comes to activating their new iPhone X devices.

A number of users have reported that the iPhone X isn’t completing the first step of connecting and thus activating through their wireless carrier.

The error message they’ve received has read as follows:

“Your iPhone could not be activated because the activation server is temporarily unavailable. Try connecting your iPhone to iTunes to activate it, or try again in a couple of minutes.”

Verizon says that the iPhone X models it sold didn’t have this issue. Meanwhile, an AT&T spokesperson said some of its customers ran into this issue, but that the carrier fixed it. Some have tweeted that the issue was resolved by calling their carrier’s tech support hotline. Then, the iPhone X could be manually activated by the carrier’s customer service representative. Other customers could activate by swapping in an old SIM card.

Apple’s has tweeted that this is...

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03:00
Apple support document states that some burn-in,...

Late last week, Apple published a support document explaining how OLEd displays function and that it is normal to see some screen burn-in over time and shifts in color when looking at the iPhone display from an off-angle.

The company described the display, when viewed from a side angle, as possibly presenting shifts in color and hue, something that’s a “characteristic of OLED” and “normal behavior.”

The document stated that with extended long-term use, OLED displays can show “slight visual changes,” which is also considered normal. The iPhone X has been engineered to be the “best in industry” at reducing burn-in effects, but Apple’s support document suggests burn-in is still a problem that some users could potentially see over time.

The behavior can include “image persistence” or “burn-in”, wherein the display shows a faint remnant of an image even after a new image has appeared on the screen. This can occur in more extreme cases such as when a high...

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Monday November 6

20:25
Apple slams story of cash hidden in Jersey to reduce...




In a rare blog posting, Apple listed a series of inaccuracies in the "Paradise Papers" tax story reported by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, while outlining its business in Cork, Ireland; emphasizing that the company is the "largest taxpayer in the world" and repeating that it "pays every dollar it owes in every country around the world."

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16:54
Analysis: iPhone X makes more money per unit than...

The iPhone X makes Apple more money per unit than the iPhone 8, according to an analysis that found the iPhone X’s parts cost Apple 25% more than the iPhone 8, but that it retails 43% higher, reports Reuters

The iPhone X smartphone costs $357.50 to make and sells for $999 (and up), giving it a gross margin of 64%, according to TechInsights, a firm that tears down technology devices and analyzes the parts inside. The iPhone 8 sells for $699 (and higher) and has a gross margin of 59%.

Several of Apple’s design choices for the iPhone X pushed up its price. In particular, its 5.8-inch (14.8 cm) edge-to-edge display and associated parts cost $65.50, compared with $36 for the iPhone 8’s 4.7-inch display, the analysis found. What’s more, the stainless steel chassis of the iPhone X cost $36 versus $21.50 for the...

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16:53
iOS 11.2 will let app devs charge less for...




With iOS 11.2, currently in beta testing, app developers will be able to offer cheaper introductory rates to auto-renewing subscribers.

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16:51
Introductory pricing coming to app subscriptions

Whether we like them or not, Apple is going to do app store subscriptions. How app developers implement it and use it will be very interesting.

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16:50
The facts about Apple’s tax payments

Apple believes every company has a responsibility to pay its taxes, and as the largest taxpayer in the world, Apple pays every dollar it owes in every country around the world. We’re proud of the economic contributions we make to the countries and communities where we do business.

With all of the misinformation out there, Apple felt the need to set the record straight about taxes.

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16:45
iPhone X Has the 'Most Innovative and High...

The display in the iPhone X is produced by Samsung and improved by Apple, says screen technology analysis firm DisplayMate. The company has released a display shoot-out for the iPhone X, praising Apple's technology in areas like the higher resolution OLED screen, automatic color management, viewing angle performance, and more. Mac Rumors reports: According to DisplayMate, the iPhone X has the "most innovative and high performance" smartphone display it has ever tested. DisplayMate also congratulated Samsung Display for "developing and manufacturing the outstanding OLED display hardware in the iPhone X." iPhone X matched or set new smartphone display records in the following categories: highest absolute color accuracy, highest full screen brightness for OLED smartphones, highest full screen contrast rating in ambient light, and highest contrast ratio. It also had the lowest screen reflectance and smallest brightness variation with a viewing angle. The iPhone X's 5.8-inch OLED...

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16:43
Hands-on: iPhone X Leather Folio Case – like a Smart...

The iPhone X Leather Folio is Apple’s first attempt at a wallet-style case for the iPhone. It’s certainly not the first folio case that we’ve seen, with companies like Twelve South and Nomad being yearly players in this space. However, it will likely be one of the most popular cases of this style due to the fact that it’s made by Apple.

At $99, should you consider the iPhone X Leather Folio? Watch our hands on video walkthrough inside for more details.

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16:16
When Apple soured on Irish tax laws, it turned to a...

Enlarge / Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks about the new Apple headquarters during a media event in Cupertino, California on September 12, 2017. (credit: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)

According to newly-leaked documents, in recent years, Apple used a Bermuda-based law firm to take advantage of highly-advantageous (though legal) tax arrangements in Jersey to mitigate its tax burden as much as possible.

The so-called Paradise Papers...

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16:05
iPhone X Super Retina HD gets A+ from DisplayMate:...




In evaluating the new iPhone X display, Dr. Raymond M. Soneira of DisplayMate called it the "most innovative" and "best performing smartphone display we have ever tested," noting in particular its leading absolute color accuracy, the highest full screen brightness for an OLED smartphone, highest full screen contrast rating in ambient light and highest contrast ratio, with the lowest screen reflectance and smallest brightness variation with a viewing angle.

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15:40
Apple reaping higher profits from each iPhone X sold...




Despite the expense of technologies like a 5.8-inch, edge-to-edge OLED display and a 3D facial recognition camera, the iPhone X is actually more profitable per-device than the iPhone 8, according to a research estimate published on Monday.

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15:23
Developer creates standalone Animoji app with...

Developer Simon B. Støvring has seemingly broken Apple’s new Animoji out of its Messages jail cell and into a whole new world. By tapping into private APIs, Støvring has created a standalone iOS app allowing users to record up to 20-second long Animoji videos.

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15:02
iPhone X said to cost Apple $357 to make, gross...

The iPhone X has received a lot of attention for its higher price point – it’s the most expensive iPhone ever sold by Apple, coming in at $999 for 64GB and $1,149 for 256GB. Today, new data from research firm TechInsights offers a closer look at what specific iPhone X parts are driving that higher price…

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14:40
Apple Wins $120 Million From Samsung In Slide-To-...

Apple has finally claimed victory over Samsung to the count of $120 million. "The Supreme Court said today that it wouldn't hear an appeal of the patent infringement case, first decided in 2014, which has been bouncing through appeals courts in the years since," reports The Verge. From the report: The case revolved around Apple's famous slide-to-unlock patent and, among others, its less-famous quick links patent, which covered software that automatically turned information like a phone number into a tappable link. Samsung was found to have infringed both patents. The ruling was overturned almost two years later, and then reinstated once again less than a year after that. From there, Samsung appealed to the Supreme Court, which is where the case met its end today. Naturally, Samsung isn't pleased with the outcome. "Our argument was supported by many who believed that the Court should hear the case to reinstate fair standards that promote innovation and prevent abuse of the patent...

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14:38
Supreme Court rejects Samsung appeal of patent loss...

The justices left in place a 2016 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that upheld a verdict that found South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd had infringed Apple Inc’s patents on several popular features of the California-based company’s iPhone. Those included slide-to-unlock, autocorrect and quick links, which automatically turn information like addresses and phone numbers into links.

Stop stealing and pay the money.

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14:37
Create and share Google Maps lists on the web from...

This past February, Google made it possible to create lists of your favorite local spots in the Maps mobile app. A little later, the company added a sharing feature so you could send your lists to friends and family from your phone. Now Google is bri...

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14:24
Video: Safari credential AutoFill through Face ID on...




If you've got iCloud Keychain and Safari's AutoFill turned on, Face ID on the iPhone X will let you quickly log into virtually any website.

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14:10
Paradise Papers reveal Apple shifted holding firm to...




After a 2013 investigation into its Irish tax affairs, Apple continued to avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes by changing its structure, moving the holding firm for over $250 billion in cash reserves to the Channel Islands, this week's "Paradise Papers" leak has revealed.

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14:03
Facebook Messenger's money transfer tool is...

Back in 2015, Facebook introduced the ability to send money to friends through Messenger and now it has brought that capability to UK users. It's the first time Facebook has launched the feature outside of the US.

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14:00
Paradise Papers Leak Reveals Apple's Secret Tax...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: The world's most profitable firm has a secretive new structure that would enable it to continue avoiding billions in taxes, the Paradise Papers show. They reveal how Apple sidestepped a 2013 crackdown on its controversial Irish tax practices by actively shopping around for a tax haven. It then moved the firm holding most of its untaxed offshore cash, now $252 billion, to the Channel Island of Jersey. Apple said the new structure had not lowered its taxes. It said it remained the world's largest taxpayer, paying about $35 billion in corporation tax over the past three years, that it had followed the law and its changes "did not reduce our tax payments in any country."

Leaked emails also make it clear that Apple wanted to keep the move secret. One email sent between senior partners at Appleby says: "For those of you who are not aware, Apple [officials] are extremely sensitive concerning publicity. They also expect the work that is...

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13:59
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 6...

Notable software releases this week include TextExpander 6.2.3, Evernote 6.13, Safari 11.0.1, Security Update 2017-001 (Sierra) and Security Update 2017-004 (El Capitan), and Transmit 5.0.5.

 

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13:47
NYT: Apple shifted offshore cash hoard to Jersey...

The New York Times has published a lengthy report claiming Apple started using the island of Jersey as a tax haven after its tax arrangement in Ireland came under fire. The report, which is based on leaked corporate documents, says Apple settled on Jersey which doesn’t usually tax corporate income after shopping around.

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13:42
Judge rules Canada's de-indexing order won...

For the past few years, Google has been the subject of a legal debate in Canada, one aiming to determine whether Canadian court rulings regarding the internet are applicable just in Canada or should be enforceable worldwide owing to the borderless na...

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13:41
Want to order a burrito as fast as your iPhone X?...

As more apps update for the display shape and size of the iPhone X, we’ll continue to see neat uses of the space. Chipotle has done just that with its latest update. Actually it’s not even an update; it’s a complete overhaul.

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13:32
Apple to allow introductory pricing for iOS, tvOS...

As noted by 9to5Mac, Apple is introducing a new Apple App Store pricing feature that allows apps that use auto-renewable subscription pricing to offer special introductory pricing for new customers.

The change was first mentioned in today’s iOS 11.2 beta 2 release notes and should be available for tvOS 11.2 as well. To wit: 

“Soon, you’ll be able to offer new customers a discounted introductory price for your auto- renewable subscriptions on the App Store. iOS 11.2 introduces new classes (SKProductDiscount and SKProductSubscriptionPeriod) and new properties on SKProduct (subscriptionPeriod and introductoryPrice) to provide details on the introductory pricing and billing period you’ve selected for your auto-renewable subscriptions. You can use these new API additions to localize and display information about introductory pricing to your users. You’ll be...

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13:27
DxOMark: the iPhone X is the best smartphone for...

With a Photo score of 101, the Apple iPhone X achieves the best results so far for still images, edging out the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the previous joint leaders in DxOMark’s Photo ranking, by one point. DxoMark is an industry standard for camera and lens image quality measurements. 

Compared to the cousin iPhone 8 Plus, the X improves noticeably on zoom performance, but also does better in terms of exposure, color, texture, noise and artifacts, according to DxOMark. Other key strengths in still image mode include very good exposures and HDR images, accurate color rendering, good detail with low noise, as well as a natural-looking bokeh effect in Portrait mode.

For video, the X doesn’t quite rise to the same high-water mark, achieving a video sub-score of 89 points, according to DxOMark. With its key strengths good exposure with fast convergence during lighting changes, accurate color...

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13:23
You can now stream Deezer on Roku devices in the US

It just got easier to use your Roku player (or Roku TV) as the heart of a home stereo setup. Deezer has launched a Roku channel for American users, giving you access to its Premium streaming music service on the big screen. Fork over $10 per month...

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13:19
‘NYT’: Apple is stashing much of its cash hoard on...

According to the New York Times, Apple is stashing much of its cash hoard on the small island of Jersey, which typically doesn’t tax corporate income. The tech giant has accumulated more than $128 billion in profits offshore that’s untaxed by the U.S. and hardly touched by any other country. 

An aerial view of the island of Jersey.

Jersey, officially the Bailiwick of Jersey, is a Crown dependency of The Crown located near the coast of Normandy, France. Not part of the United Kingdom, it’s a self-governing parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy, with its own financial, legal and judicial systems. Jersey is ranked as a tax haven by many organizations with the Financial Secrecy Index ranking Jersey as 16th, one rank behind the United Kingdom as of 2015.

An Apple spokesman, Josh Rosenstock, declined to answer most questions about the...

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13:15
iPhone 2018 rumors: Improved data transmission and...

It’s not enough that the new iPhone X is only a few days old; rumors about next year’s iPhone are already starting to fly. We’ll keep track of what’s been said and what seems fesible in this article so you can keep up with the latest iPhone gossip.

What’s the latest?

The rumor: KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo wrote a research note obtained by other Mac news outlets that details his thoughts on next year’s iPhone. Kuo believes that the new phone will use a metal frame that is composed of more parts than the iPhone X, in order to improve data transmission quality. Kuo says...

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13:02
‘Final Fantasy XV’ multiplayer DLC pushed back to...

Back in September, Square Enix announced upcoming multiplayer DLC titled Comrades for Final Fantasy XV, its blockbuster game that came out a year ago. Unfortunately, the extra content was delayed past its initial Halloween release date, but not for m...

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12:54
21st Century Fox held talks to sell most of its...

Like it or not, the trend toward media consolidation isn't slowing down any time soon: CNBC sources understand that 21st Century Fox recently held talks to sell most of the company to Disney. The media giant would offload its movie studios, TV produ...

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12:44
Broadcom tenders offering valued at $130 billion for...




After a weekend of speculation, Broadcom has tendered what will likely be a hostile takeover fight for Qualcomm, in an offering valued at $130 billion including debt.

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12:41
Sony's new PSVR bundle includes the apt version...

Sony is making up for its dearth of big exclusives this holiday season (expansions for Horizon: Zero Dawn and Uncharted don't count, sorry, and racing sims don't quite have mass appeal) with a concerted focus on PSVR. Come November 17th you'll be abl...

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12:23
Disney may buy 21st Century Fox assets in...




The Walt Disney Co., which has worked closely with Apple for many years, is said to be in talks to potentially acquire most of rival entertainment giant 21st Century Fox, in a deal that could have major ramifications for services like iTunes, the Apple TV and Apple Music.

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12:19
AT&T's 'Flying COW' drone...

These days, it's just as important to have communication up and running after a major disaster as it is to have power, food and drinkable water. The FCC approved $77 million to fix communications in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, while Projec...

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12:00
Amazon Echo update doesn’t forget the bass

Amazon's been listening. Not just to your every word (waiting for you say "Alexa"), but also to the widespread criticism of the audio quality on the new Echo. The company issued a software update on Friday to improve the second-generation Echo's soun...

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11:45
Apple's $119.6 million victory in iPhone...




The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a Samsung appeal over slide-to-unlock, text prediction, and other utility patents of Apple's that it was found to have used, and a $119.6 million dollar ruling is still in place.

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11:38
Comcast's internet service was down in several...

If you rely on Comcast for your internet service, you probably know that things are down in a big way for the provider. According to the consumer watchdog site DownDetector, there are more than 8,000 reports of outages across the US as of 1:00 PM ET...

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11:30
iPhone X scores 97 on DxOMark camera ranking, just...

DxOMark has today released its review of the iPhone X camera setup, which sees Apple’s premium iPhone score 97, one point below the highest rated mobile camera, the Google Pixel 2.

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11:22
Uber will donate $5 million to sexual assault...

Uber's quest to reform its behavior now includes donations to good causes. The ridesharing firm has promised to contribute $5 million over 5 years to organizations that help prevent sexual assault and domestic violence. The initial round of pledges...

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11:21
iOS 11.2 will let developers offer introductory...

Apple is introducing a new App Store pricing feature for developers starting with iOS 11.2. Apps that use auto-renewable subscription pricing will soon be able to offer special introductory pricing for new customers.

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11:03
The iPod Shuffle for Spotify can actually shuffle...

Mighty is basically an iPod Shuffle for offline Spotify playback, but when I reviewed it over the summer it was missing that namesake feature. Well, not anymore. Thanks to a software update for the compact device, Mighty can now shuffle through the s...

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10:44
Google built a spatial audio kit for games and VR

Immersive audio is particularly important in an era where games are mainstream and virtual reality is quickly catching on, but there isn't a common framework for it. What works on your PC may be useless on your phone. Google wants to fix that: it's l...

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10:35
Displaymate gives iPhone X “highest ever” rating...

Displaymate released its study of the iPhone X display earlier today and the results are impressive to say the least. If you recall, last year’s iPhone 7 had a record high in display performance. However, the iPhone X is here to take the crown.

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10:35
Apple unveils second developer betas of iOS 11.2,...




A week after the latch batch of releases, Apple has deployed second developer beta releases of all of its operating systems, including watchOS 4.2. iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and tvOS 11.2.

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10:25
Early iPhone X Reviews Praise Screen, Face ID

Still on the fence about the iPhone X? We’ve pored over four reviews from journalists who had early access to bring you a roundup of the consensus opinions about the iPhone X’s new features.

 

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10:25
Twitter exploit let two pranksters post a 35,000-...

Over the weekend, two German Twitter users successfully broke the existing character limit by sending a 35,000-character tweet. By formatting a message as a URL with extensive gibberish, they were able to absurdly pollute followers' timelines. Twitte...

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10:17
Download your apps with iMazing 2.5

I’ve been a user and fan of iMazing for a long time. These new features are welcome to those of us who still want to manage our iPhones from our Macs.

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10:16
Supreme Court won’t hear Apple v. Samsung round two

People line up to enter the federal courthouse in San Jose, California in July 2012. It was the first day of trial in the patent battle between Apple and Samsung. (credit: Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The colossal courtroom clash between Apple and Samsung over patents won't be making a second appearance at the Supreme Court.

The two tech titans went at it in front of juries in San Jose over the course of two blockbuster trials, held in 2012 and 2014. Both times juries returned verdicts in favor of Apple—the first ordering Samsung to pay more than $1 billion in damages, the second ordering a payment of $120 million.

News today concerns the second verdict. In 2016, the $120 million...

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10:06
Afghanistan won’t ban WhatsApp or Telegram after all

Last week, reports circulated that the government of Afghanistan was aiming to enact a ban on popular encrypted messaging apps WhatsApp and Telegram. The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology sent letters to private telecommunications...

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10:01
Apple releases second iOS 11.2, watchOS 4.2, tvOS 11...

Apple has released the second beta version of iOS 11.2 for iPhone and iPad. iOS 11.2 beta 2 for iPhone X was released on Friday afternoon to add compatibility with the new device, and today’s release is available for other iPhones and iPads.

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09:57
Giveaway: Enter to win a 3TB AV Pro 2 USB-C Storage...




CalDigit is partnering with AppleInsider this week to give readers the chance to win one of two 3TB AV Pro 2 USB-C Storage Hubs valued at $249.99 each.

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09:56
DisplayMate: the iPhone X has the best smartphone...

A new report from DisplayMate — which specializes in proprietary advanced scientific display calibration and mathematical display optimization — says the iPhone X has the best smartphone display around. It says that Apple has produced an “impressive smartphone display with excellent performance and accuracy.”

“The iPhone X delivers uniformly consistent all around Top Tier display performance and receives All Green (Very Good to Excellent) Ratings in all of the DisplayMate Lab test and measurement Categories (except for a single Yellow in Brightness Variation with Average Picture Level that applies to all OLED displays),” notes DisplayMate, which gives the smartphone its highest grade of A+.

See the Display Shoot-Out Comparison Table for all of the measurements and details, and the Highlights and Performance Results section for expanded discussions and explanations, and the Display Assessments section for the evaluation details. You can find links to all by...

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09:45
iPhone X tips: How to record your own Animoji karaoke




Apple's Animoji are a smash hit, but one of their most popular uses is not what was originally intended: lip syncing along with your favorite songs. The process of recording it is a little unconventional, but AppleInsider is here to explain how you can get in on the fun.

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09:42
Broadcom offers to buy Qualcomm in a deal worth $130...

Broadcom has offered to Qualcomm in a deal worth $130 billion. The U.S. wireless and broadband giant said it would be willing to offer $70 per share in cash and stock for the world’s dominate supplier of broadband processors.

Broadcom expects a potential deal to take up to 12 months to settle, assuming regulatory approval. It’s uncertain how this might affect the ongoing Apple-Qualcomm legal battle.

In January, Apple filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm, alleging the chip supplier demanded unfair terms for its technology.  However, Qualcomm denies the allegations and says Apple wouldn't have an iPhone business if it weren't for fair licensing of the company’s essential tech.

Qualcomm claims it went out of its way to offer alternative licensing (which Apple rejected), and that, in suing Qualcomm, Apple is motivated by reducing the cost to make iPhones.

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09:35
Win an iPhone X & case bundle from 9to5Mac...

A big thanks to our sponsor Caseology. Together we’re partnering up for the biggest giveaway of the year… Apple’s brand new iPhone X.

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09:35
iPhone X adoption is stronger than the iPhone 8, 8...

After a full weekend of sales for the iPhone X, the Localytics mobile engagement platform says that adoption of the next gen smartphone is stronger than that of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. 

The iPhone X grabbed 0.93% of the overall market share for iPhones after the first weekend of sales. This puts the X ahead of the 0.7% first weekend adoption for the iPhone 8 models, but still below the 2.3% market share that the iPhone 6 models grabbed back in 2014 and the 1.3% and 1.2% adoption experienced by the iPhone 6S and 7 models in 2015 and 2016.

While this may seem slightly concerning, it’s important to consider that there are significantly more iPhones in the market today than in 2014, notes Localytics. While the iPhone 6 was a major upgrade at the time, it didn’t pack the punch that Apple has introduced with the iPhone X. If Apple’s prediction that the 2017 holiday quarter will be one of its best ever comes true, it’s...

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09:25
Analyst: Apple will offer two OLED iPhones in 2018

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects Apple to offer two OLED iPhones with stainless steel cases in 2018. The launched iPhone X has an OLED panel and a stainless steel band.

He also predicts that the next phones will include both the Touch ID system, currently in the iPhone 8 models, and the X’s Face ID system. 

Touch ID was reportedly left out of the X due to issues getting the fingerprint sensor into the OLED panel. However, the Sellers Research Firm (that’s me) begs to differ. If Face ID is a big hit (as it seems to be) and works well, I expect all of next year’s iPhone models to go with it and ditch Face ID.

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09:16
Always on call: UK's NHS pilot provides video...




The National Health Service in the United Kingdom is piloting a scheme that would allow patients to be seen by a local doctor using a video call on an iPhone, a move that could help reduce the waiting times for patients to see a doctor, as well as reducing the need to visit the physical doctor's office.

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09:16
How to remove the iPhone X notch from your Home and...

After a weekend of playing with the new iPhone X, it seems a lot of users (and reviewers) are finding that the notch isn’t very distracting, or even fades away. However, if you’re finding that’s not the case for you, there’s an option to remove it from your Home screen and Lock screen with a new clever wallpaper.

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09:15
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09:00
Nextdoor: Getting to know your neighbors with an app

The days of everyone in a neighborhood knowing and helping each other are over. Nowadays, especially in the suburbs, it's common for neighbors living right next to each other to not know each other's names. Nextdoor is a free iOS app that's attempting to turn this sad state of affairs around by using an easy-to-use social network to chat with neighbors. 

I've been using Nextdoor for about six months on my iPhone and have found it to be extremely useful to find out what's going on the neighborhood where I've lived for 33 years. You load the app, let it determine where you live, and then choose the neighborhoods besides your own that you wish to get information about. If there are neighbors near you who isn't using the app, you can request to have up to 50 postcards sent out asking neighbors to sign up the free service.



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08:33
Animoji overdubs are out of control and utterly...

Since the launch of the iPhone X on Friday, there have been an abundance of overdubs using one of Apple’s  newest features, Animoji. With the facial mapping software that Apple has included in the new iMessage app, people are finding hilarious and creative ways to insert these Animoji into everything from music to movies.

more…

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08:26
Deals: $220 off 2017 27" iMac 5Ks; Samsung 34...




Today only, snap up a Samsung 34" Curved USB-C display for $699 during B&H's DealZone event. Or save $220 on a 4.2GHz Mid 2017 27" iMac 5K with upgraded graphics and storage with our exclusive coupon code. Apple's 2016 13" MacBook Pros are also $200-$210 off with prices starting at $1,289. Plus, no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

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08:18
KGI: Apple to offer two OLED iPhones with updated...

iPhone X is still brand new, but there are already a few rumors about what to expect from Apple next year for its successor(s). Included in a heavily supplier-focused investment report from KGI Securities’ analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is a fresh mention of Apple offering not one but two iPhones with OLED displays and stainless steel cases. The new report also predicts Apple will make changes to the stainless steel metal frame to improve data transmission quality.

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08:10
Apple offers another round of bonds as part of $300B...

Apple today has begun issuing another round of bonds shortly after announcing strong Q4 earnings while it moves closer to completing its $300 billion capital return program for shareholders.

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08:02
Apple's 2018 iPhone X will have new metal frame...




Supply chain reports suggest that Apple will expand it's casing business for the 2018 iPhone to Catcher and Casetek, with a new casing required to improve data transmission quality.

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07:52
iPhone 8, iPhone X active use data suggests that the...




A new study about actual users of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X shows that combined adoption of the two models during the first few days of use as a percentage of the total user base is higher than that of the iPhone 6s or 7 at the same time in rollout.

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07:34
As Supreme Court hands Samsung a partial patent...

The Apple v Samsung patent trial in which the judge said she’d like to see the case resolved before she retires is not the only long-running patent lawsuit between the two companies. That first one is about design patents – the look of the phone.

But a separate case has also been rumbling on regarding Samsung’s use of several patented iPhone features, including slide-to-unlock, autocorrect, and automatic links for things like phone numbers …

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07:29
∞ Samsung returns to its Apple mocking ways

[VIDEO] I thought this ad (embedded in the main Loop post) was well done, though the story is told with selective memory. I did not see any exploding phones, porous security measures, malware, etc., etc.

The one word that springs to mind watching this is the one word that describes the true feeling the iPhone X must bring to mind for Samsung.

Worry.

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07:24
The iPhone X face mapping: Privacy risks (none) and...

Lots of interesting tidbits in the linked TechCrunch article. Here are a few highlights:

As we’ve covered off in detail before Apple does not have access to the depth-mapped facial blueprints that users enroll when they register for Face ID. A mathematical model of the iPhone X user’s face is encrypted and stored locally on the device in a Secure Enclave.

Face ID also learns over time and some additional mathematical representations of the user’s face may also be created and stored in the Secure Enclave during day to day use

And:

The key point here is that Face ID data never leaves the user’s phone (or indeed the Secure Enclave). And any iOS app developers wanting to incorporate Face ID authentication into their apps do not gain access to it either. Rather authentication happens via a dedicated authentication API that only returns a positive or negative response after comparing the input signal with the Face ID data stored in the Secure Enclave.

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07:22
iPhone X features 7 new Dynamic and 6 new Live...

iPhone X features several new wallpapers not available on other iPhones including seven dark themed Dynamic wallpapers and six new Live wallpapers (three of which will be coming in iOS 11.2 next month). You do need an iPhone X to access the full versions of these new wallpapers, but you can download still versions of each below as a workaround if you’re using another device.

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07:16
U.S. Supreme Court refuses to re-enter the Apple-...

The U.S. Supreme Court today refused to step back into the never-ending patent battle between Apple and Samsung and declined to hear the latter’s appeal of a lower court ruling that reinstated a jury award of about $120 million in favor of Apple, reports Reuters.

The justices left in place a 2016 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that upheld a verdict that found Samsung had infringed Apple’s patents on several popular features of the iPhone. Those included slide-to-unlock, autocorrect and quick links, which automatically turn information like addresses and phone numbers into links.

This is all part of the ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung have filed more than 30 lawsuits against each other across four continents. For example, Apple alleges that Samsung copied...

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