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Sunday May 14

06:15
PGA Tour commissions artists to draw images using...

Artist Evan Sklar uses an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil to draw a scene of Sergio Garcia after he made an ace on No. 17.

The PGA Tour has been one of the more tech savvy sporting efforts in recent years. For instance, The Players Championship last year commissioned iPhone-only photography, while also adopting Apple Pay. Now, The Tour has brought in artists to capture the scene using an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil…

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00:20
Honeywell recalls fire alarm gateway that can't...

Tech-savvy fire alarm systems aren't without their share of problems, it seems. Honeywell is recalling its SWIFT wireless gateway after learning that the smoke detectors connected to the gateway (usually found in apartments, hotels and offices) won'...

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Saturday May 13

22:41
Review - OWC Thunderbolt 3 dock is the only game in...




Vendor OWC has been supplying Mac users with upgrades for more than two decades, and the company continues that commitment with its own Thunderbolt 3 dock -- AppleInsider examines the offering.

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21:20
Editorial: When Apple is 2 years behind you, put...




Oh no! It seems Apple is "years behind" competitors in Virtual Reality, TV content subscriptions, self driving cars and home voice assistants. That's a clear sign the company may be studying the market like a cat about to pounce on its target, just as it did with iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and AirPods. There is a solid decade of evidence that, for Apple, being behind is a competitive advantage.

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20:02
Intel ends its dreams of replacing the x86 chip in...

When Intel launched its first Itanium processor in 2001, it had very high hopes: the 64-bit chip was supposed to do nothing less than kill off the x86 architecture that had dominated PCs for over two decades. Things didn't quite pan out that way, how...

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18:24
Fiat Chrysler software error leads to a massive...

Fiat Chrysler is currently in the midst of notifying over a million people that they need to turn in the trucks they bought from the company due to a potentially dangerous software error. The automaker has announced a massive recall affecting 1.02 mi...

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16:53
Mastercard aims to speed up your chip-and-PIN...

Chip cards are ultimately faster than paying with a magnetic stripe and a signature (or worse, a check), but they're sometimes slow -- and it's bad enough that Mastercard wants to do something. The company is partnering with Verifone and Global Payme...

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15:25
Old-school tank shooter 'Battlezone' comes...

If you grew up in the age of arcades, you probably played Atari's seminal first-person tank game, Battlezone. In the arcade version, you'd play the game with your face stuck into a set of faux goggles that helped you feel like you were in the sweaty...

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14:10
Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music...

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. This week we get a brand new synth from one of our favorite virtual gear makers, Sugar Bytes. A completely free Nintendo Game Boy sampler instrument is up for grabs and the new EchoMelt brings that warm VHS warble to your DAW with introductory pricing. All that and more down below… more…

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13:54
Apple acquisition could help Siri make sense of your...

If it wasn't already clear that Apple is committed to improving AI, it is now. The tech giant has confirmed that it recently bought Lattice Data, a company that uses AI to make sense of unorganized "dark" data like images and text. It's not discussin...

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12:29
Apple acquires "dark data" specialist...




In its latest buy, Apple has paid around $200 million to acquire Lattice Data Inc., a specialist in using machine learning to process "dark data" to efficiently build structured data sets that can be analyzed.

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12:26
SpaceX settles with underpaid employees for $4...

In 2016, a PayScale survey revealed that Tesla and SpaceX, both high-profile companies helmed by Elon Musk, are two of the lowest-paying employers in tech. A whopping 4,100 employees even filed a class-action lawsuit against Musk's space corporation...

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12:22
Apple's Siri home speaker said to complement...




Whether it has a dynamic screen or simple buttons, Apple's anticipated Siri home speaker will likely offer physical controls with some kind of dedicated touch panel, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities revealed on Saturday.

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12:07
Apple expected to reveal new 10.5-inch iPad Pro at...




In addition to a rumored Siri-powered home speaker, Apple is also expected to announce a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro with a redesigned chassis at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference next month.

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11:50
Apple acquires ‘dark data’ machine learning & AI...

According to a report today out of TechCrunch, Apple has acquired Lattice Data, a company that specializes in artificial intelligence where it relates to so-called “dark data.” The report explains that the deal was closed a few weeks ago, with 20 or so engineers from Lattice Data joining Apple.

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11:39
Apple acquires AI company, Lattice Data

Apple has scooped up Lattice Data, a company that applies an AI enabled inference engine to take unstructured, “dark” data and turn it into structured (and more usable) information for about $200 million, according to TechCrunch.

The deal was closed a couple of weeks ago, and about 20 engineers have joined the larger company, the article adds. Lattice was born out of the Stanford research project DeepDive, a framework for statistical inference. The company is comprised of the researchers and creators behind DeepDive, and they build on top of DeepDive to create products for industry and government. Their mission is to unlock the value in dark data for critical real-world problems.

Like dark matter, dark data is the mass of data buried in text, tables, figures, and images, which...

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10:58
Apple's fabled iPad redesign may arrive at WWDC

Apple could have more than one hardware treat to unveil at WWDC this year. KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (who has a mostly solid track record for Apple predictions) now believes that Apple is likely to launch a long-rumored 10.5-inch iPad redesign when th...

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09:53
This week’s top stories: Siri speaker, WWDC invites...

In this week’s top stories: WWDC keynote invites go out, more reports about an upcoming Siri speaker and iPhone 8, we ask the pros what they want from a modular Mac Pro, and we get a tour of one of the first new HomeKit homes.

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09:30
Recommended Reading: What if there were a PBS of...

The Case for a
Taxpayer-Supported
Version of Facebook
Ethan Zuckerman,
The Atlantic

What if there were a publicly-funded social network open to all that provided a diverse world view rather than an echo chamber catered to one's deeply-held princip...

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08:15
KGI analyst still expects a 10-5-inch iPad Pro, Siri...

In a note to clients — as noted by MacRumors --  KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts we’ll see the rumored 10.5-inch iPad Pro and the Siri-enabled speaker system at next month’s Apple Worldwide Developer Conference. He thinks there’s a 70% chance of the former and better than 50% chance for the latter.

Here’s Kuo’s thoughts on the iPad Pro: “The newly designed 10.5” iPad Pro will have a similar form factor to the 9.7” model, but will feature a larger display thanks to narrow bezels. The new design should improve the user experience and help gain traction in the corporate/ commercial sectors. We forecast 10...

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08:00
How Microsoft’s Story Remix does what Clippy couldn...

Microsoft is making some bold promises with Story Remix, its recently announced app for the Windows 10 Fall Creators update. Together with the company's deep learning technology, it can automatically craft your photos and videos into short films. Sto...

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07:44
Analysts say Apple’s Corning investment signals...

This week, Apple announced that it would be investing $200 million in glass supplier Corning as part of its new Advanced Manufacturing Fund. While the investment may seem straightforward on the surface, invest in a glass company for screens, analysts believe that it actually goes much deeper than that…

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07:04
FTC again says Qualcomm is a monopoly as Samsung...

Apple is currently engaged in a high-profile legal battle with Qualcomm centered on patent royalties. Apple struck first back in January and has since expand its lawsuit to additional countries, while Qualcomm has officially hit back with a countersuit.

While the Federal Trade Commission had originally stated that Qualcomm had monopolistic like qualities, the trade group this week has yet again slammed the chip maker…

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06:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend, where we close out Microsoft's Build 2017 event with some big news about Windows... XP? Also, this week we met Amazon's touchscreen-equipped Echo Show and it's time to say RIP to MP3.

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05:27
Moom hit by takedown notice, removed from sale

From the ManyTricks blog:

Tonight we received notice that Moom is in violation of US patent number 8434019, Apparatus and method for positioning windows on a display. Yes, someone has patented positioning windows on a screen via a grid. Given we’ve been notified of a patent violation, we have no choice but to remove Moom from sale, effective immediately.

Honestly, we have no idea how to proceed here—the notice arrived at 8pm on a Friday evening, meaning it will be a few days until we can even speak to an attorney about our options, if any. We’re not a big company by any stretch, and certainly don’t have the resources for a patent fight.

Moom is an awesome Mac window management tool that pops up when you roll over a window’s green zoom button. Here’s a link to the Moom product page.

I get the necessity, the importance of the patent...

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05:00
The iPhone’s market share in India is small, but...

Apple accounted for 3% of sales in the first quarter (Q1) of 2017 but has recently made several strategic moves in India, including teaming up with Reliance Jio to offer free 4G service for one year to purchasers of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, notes Kantar Worldpanel.

The tech giant is also planning to manufacture smartphones in India in the near future to deflect some of the high import taxes that make iPhones inaccessible to many Indian buyers.

In Q1 2017, smartphone penetration in India reached 48% a growth rate of 16% vs. the prior year. Rapidly expanding 4G infrastructure and low-cost 4G data services introduced by India telecom leader Reliance Jio have led to increased competition in India and stimulated higher demand for 4G-capable devices. The push towards digital currency, which promotes a potent new use case for smartphones, is also expected to accelerate sales, notes Kantar.

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05:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Injustice 2 brings home...

Superhero mayhem

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup includes a new sequel to a popular superhero game. Plus, apps to help you sleep, curb your anxiety, and get the best “golden hour” pictures.

Injustice 2

Image by Injustice 2

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04:30
KGI: Apple likely to launch 10.5-inch iPad Pro and...

Apple’s WWDC conference kicks off on June 5th and whilst it is predominantly a software conference, reliable Apple analyst KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo is reporting that he expects Apple to launch two new hardware products next month.

Repeating previous claims, Kuo says there is a more than 50% chance of the Siri Speaker, an all-new category for the company. In addition, he says that there is more than 70% chance of an all-new design 10.5-inch iPad Pro to be announced at the keynote.

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04:30
Apple files for a patent that would help you and...

Apple wants to increase your vocabulary — or at least that of your macOS or iOS device. The tech giant has applied for a patent (number 9,645,998) for “learning new words.”

In the patent filing, Apple notes that new words generated on a client device, such as words that are used within documents on a client device — which would be macOS and iOS devices — and aren’t transmitted to a server, can’t be learned by the server because the words are localized to the client device. Further, if the client device utilizes an end-to-end encrypted messaging service, such as iMessage, then a server can’t learn the words contained in the user message at all and thus a server can’t update a user client dictionary using crowdsourced data. 

Apple’s patent filing involves systems and methods are disclosed for a server learning new words generated by user client devices in a crowdsourced manner while maintaining local differential privacy of client devices. A client device can determine...

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04:00
Amazon controls 70% of the voice-enabled speaker...

The rumor mill says that Apple is working on a Siri-based competitor to the Amazon Echo “smart speaker,” which could debut at next month’s Worldwide Developer Conference. If so, the company has some catching up to do.

While still far from mass adoption, virtual assistants are becoming more widely used by Americans, according to eMarketer’s first forecast on users of digital assistants, such as Siri, and voice-enabled speakers, such as the Amazon Echo. This year, 35.6 million Americans will use a voice-enabled speaker at least once a month, notes the research group.  That’s a jump of 128.9% over last year.  eMarketer defines a voice-enabled speaker as a standalone device whose core functionality is a voice-enabled digital assistant, such as an Amazon Echo or Google Home.

Amazon’s Echo dominates the market – 70.6%...

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03:27
Bloomberg: Sprint and T-Mobile are talking about a...

Sprint and T-Mobile are reportedly trying to pick up where they left off a few years ago. According to Bloomberg, the mobile carriers and their parent companies, Softbank (Sprint) and Deutsche Telekom AG (T-Mobile), have been unofficially talking abo...

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03:00
The Week in Apple News and Rumors: More iPhone 8...

Apple headlines for the week ending May 12, 2017

Image by Apple

Plenty of important news and juicy rumors from the past week. Check out the Apple-related headlines in this week’s slideshow. Just click on the link to get more information.

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00:19
Sonos Playbase offers quality, Apple-connected audio...




The Playbase is a nice option for people wanting a unified, Apple-connected home theater experience, even if it doesn't offer anything radically different from Sonos' older home theater accessory, the Playbar.

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00:18
This week on AI: 'iPhone 8' delays, Apple...




It's increasingly looking like Apple's "iPhone 8" won't hit shelves until October or later. In some better news, however, future Apple Watches may have sleep tracking, and Apple and Amazon may finally be playing nice regarding Prime Video and the Apple TV.

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00:01
Microsoft patches Windows XP to fight '...

Microsoft officially ended its support for most Windows XP computers back in 2014, but today it's delivering one more public patch for the 16-year-old OS. As described in a post on its Windows Security blog, it's taking this "highly unusual" step aft...

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Friday May 12

20:59
Intel and Samsung back FTC lawsuit against Qualcomm

The Federal Trade Commission kicked off 2017 by targeting Qualcomm over allegedly anti-competitive behavior, and unsurprisingly, companies the chipmaker competes with agree. Intel and Samsung filed briefs supporting the FTC lawsuit, claiming that Qua...

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19:53
Germany legalizes self-driving car tests

German automakers won't have to bring their experimental autonomous cars to California for testing anymore. The country has just approved a law allowing companies to test their self-driving cars on its roads, so long as they follow a set of condition...

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19:16
PopChar X 7.7.1

Tends to a couple of bugs before the character discovery utility gets updated to version 8. (€29.99 new, free update, 4.6 MB)

 

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19:02
Jason Bateman is signed up for 'Arrested...

Ready for more Arrested Development? People behind the series have teased more episodes ever since season four arrived on Netflix in 2013, but a tweet from Jason Bateman reveals we're closer than ever. Bateman revealed he's signed on for season five...

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17:39
We took a tour of one of the first Apple HomeKit...

We reported last week that developer and homebuilder Brookfield Residential announced that it will begin including HomeKit accessories in new homes it’s building as a standard feature, starting in Southern California.

Now we’ve taken a tour of Brookfield’s Apple based connected home at Delano at Eastwood Village in Irvine and were able to meet up with Brookfield’s COO, Adrian Foley. Keep reading after the break for a look inside and to learn more about this forward thinking homebuilder.

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17:03
Watch the world’s first skydive from a drone

Unlike typical consumer-aimed quadcopter drones, Latvian company Aerones specializes in big UAVs that can carry hefty loads. Last year, they showed off one of their big lifter's prowess by towing YouTuber Kaspars Balamovskis on a snowboarding run. To...

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16:20
Gorilla Glass Maker Corning Gets $200 Million From...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Apple made news and scored some positive PR earlier this month when the company announced a $1 billion fund aimed at investing in U.S.-based manufacturing. Now it's ready to announce the first big investment from its Advanced Manufacturing Fund. New York-based Corning Incorporated will be receiving $200 million from the tech giant's coffers, money that will go toward its Harrodsburg, Kentucky R&D facility. Corning is a logical first choice for Apple. The two companies have worked closely for roughly a decade, when Apple first pushed Corning to create a chemically strengthened glass for the iPhone. The resulting product, Gorilla Glass, has since become the standard for nearly every smartphone maker out there. As Apple helpfully adds in a news release touting the funding, the relationship thus far "has created and sustained nearly 1,000 U.S. jobs across Corning's R&D, manufacturing and commercial functions, including over...

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16:06
Pay an American Express bill just by talking to Alexa

With Amazon's Alexa getting smarter every day, soon enough you won't have to do much yourself. American Express is the latest company to tap into the virtual assistant's skills, allowing customers to use voice commands to check their account balance,...

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15:08
MP3 is dead, long live AAC

MP3, the format that revolutionized the way we consume (and steal) music since the 90s, has been officially retired -- in a manner of speaking. The German research institution that created the format, The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits,...

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15:07
FTC says antitrust suit against Qualcomm should...




Responding to Qualcomm's recent bid to dismiss a U.S. Federal Trade Commission antitrust lawsuit concerning chip licensing practices, the governmental trade body in a court filing on Friday called the company a monopoly and said the case should proceed.

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14:57
Apple Inc. to distribute $3 billion in dividends as...




On May 18th, Apple will pay its shareholders of record (as of May 15th) a quarterly dividend of $0.63 per share. Apple will pay out $3 billion in dividends on its outstanding shares for the quarter, on stock that has appreciated 34.4 percent so far in 2017.

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14:27
AWT News Update: May 12, 2017

As the week winds down, we have a short Friday podcast for you:

  • The going is tough in Germany, where negotiations with the country's banks to allow Apple Pay are "in a tough state"
  • The yellow and magenta networks may merge, making...red? (Hmmm, Verizon has a lock on red, doesn't it?)
  • One Wall Street analyst thinks the iPhone 8 will come in 128 and 256GB versions at price tags of $999 and $1,099 respectively

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

Text Version

This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for May 12th, 2017.

Most countries are eager to gain access to Apple Pay, but so far, Germany hasn’t been able to join the ranks of countries that let their citizens pay with Apple’s...

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14:20
'Madden 18' may follow 'FIFA 17...

It looks like American football is taking something from soccer beyond the sport's name. Well, as far as Electronic Arts' virtual versions go, that is. This year's Madden will feature a full-fledged story mode akin to what FIFA '17 had. In the very e...

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14:16
Default Folder X 5.1.5

Fixes a number of bugs with the Open/Save dialog enhancement utility. ($34.95 new, free update, 6.5 MB)

 

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14:00
Microsoft revealed its plans for world domination at...

Microsoft just wrapped up its Build developer conference, and the unifying theme was clear: Windows and Cortana everywhere. Whether it's linking Windows to all your other devices or letting developers code for various platforms from their PCs, Micros...

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13:49
Friday 5: Handy Mac utilities to check out this...

In this week’s edition of Friday 5, we have a look at a few handy Mac utilities that I use on a regular basis. Apps include SuperDuper, a long-available tool that lets you create reliable disk clones, and Intel Power Gadget, a handy way to monitor CPU performance on macOS. But it doesn’t stop there, have a look at our full list and video for a brief look at all of this week’s app selections. more…

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13:38
NASA study finds first SLS launch should be unmanned...

It's an exciting time for spaceflight, for sure. Both NASA and SpaceX have plans in place to send rockets and humans into our solar system. Elon Musk's company wants to use the moon as a pit stop on its way to Mars, and NASA wanted to include a human...

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13:26
Nvidia Embraces Deep Neural Nets With Volta


At this year's GPU Technology Conference, Nvidia's premier conference for technical computing with graphic processors, the company reserved the top keynote for its CEO Jensen Huang. Over the years, the GTC conference went from a segment in a larger, mostly gaming-oriented and somewhat scattershot conference called "nVision" to become one of the key conferences that mixes academic and commercial high-performance computing. Jensen's message was that GPU-accelerated machine learning is growing to touch every aspect of computing.

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13:10
Blue’s Satellite wireless noise-cancelling headphones

Satellite is all about bringing no-compromise audiophile sound to your daily life. Whether listening to streaming audio or digital remasters on your commute and at the office, or enjoying vinyl box sets at home, Satellite delivers iconic Blue studio sound wherever you go.

These over-the-ear headphones were released this week and they are great. I’ve been using them for a couple of weeks and will have a more detailed write-up coming out shortly.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:10
The eerie stop-motion game that's 'better...

When I first talked with Anders Gustafsson and Erik Zaring in 2012, they promised their creepy, psychedelic, stop-motion game, The Dream Machine, was going to be "better than sex with Jesus." They had a lot of work ahead of them -- they were building...

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12:45
I finally believe in Microsoft's mixed reality...

For years, Microsoft has been talking about its dream of mixed reality -- the idea that AR and VR headsets can work together in harmony across virtual and physical environments. But until now, it really has just been talk. At its Build developer conf...

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12:42
Nike adds trio of Rosche, Air Force 1 sneaker-...




Nike has added to its iPhone case lineup, with three new rugged cases based on the company's Rosche and Air Force 1 sole designs.

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12:27
Google expedites Android updates with Project Treble

We're about a week away from Google probably revealing the next version of its mobile OS, but as most Android users already know, actually receiving an update might take forever. The company is aware of this, and has unveiled a new system called Proj...

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12:22
Windows 10 will seamlessly run legacy apps on ARM

As we learned last month, ARM-powered Windows 10 devices should start hitting the market by the end of 2017. Unlike previous mobile-friendly versions of Windows though, Microsoft is working hard to make sure the ARM release will be able to properly s...

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12:09
Sprint and T-Mobile reportedly holding ‘informal’...

Sprint and T-Mobile could potentially become one carrier if preliminary discussions reported by Bloomberg lead to a deal. Current discusses are described as informal between SoftBank which is Sprint’s largest shareholder and Deutsche Telekom which owns T-Mobile USA.

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12:08
Massive ransomware attack hits UK hospitals, Spanish...

A large number of hospitals, GPs, and walk-in clinics across England have been locked down by a ransomware attack, reports suggest. There are also some reports of a ransomware attack hitting institutions in Portugal and Spain, with telecoms provider Telefonica apparently hit hard. Further attacks have been reported in Russia, Ukraine, and Taiwan. Batten down the hatches: we might be in the middle of a global ransomware attack.

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11:59
'WannaCry' ransomware attack spreads...

England's healthcare system came under a withering cyberattack Friday morning, with "at least 25" hospitals across the country falling prey to ransomware that locked doctors and employees out of critical systems and networks. It's now clear that this...

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11:37
A smart home mega sensor can track what goes on in a...

Creating a smart home currently requires either linking every connected device one-by-one or adding sensor tags to old appliances to make a cohesive IoT network, but there might be an easier way. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon developed a concept for...

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11:10
Sam's Club has the iPad on sale for up to $71...

It’s an Apple-flavored week for deals. Until June 4, Sam’s Club has the Wi-Fi-only iPad on sale. The retailer is offering the 32GB Space Gray iPad for $298 and the 128GB tablet in Gray or Silver for $358.

The 128GB version is the better deal, since it’s usually $429 from Apple. That keeps $71 in your pocket—more than double the $31 you’ll save if you buy the 32GB tablet. Note that these prices are for Sam’s Club members only.

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11:06
Analyst claims iPhone 8 will cost $999 for 128GB...

It’s been said several times that Apple’s latest iPhone 8 flagship will be its most expensive model to date, with reports claiming the device will come in at more than $1,000. Now, in the build up to the device’s announcement later this year, analysts are making predictions as to exactly how much the new flagship will cost…

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10:47
Google revises app review process following phishing...

In the wake of the Google Docs phishing debacle last week, Google has added a few new safeguards to better protect us from these types of attacks. The Gmail app for Android scans for suspect links and Google has tightened up its policies on third par...

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10:45
9to5Rewards: Koogeek Wi-Fi Smart Plug with Apple...

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is Koogeek and its Wi-Fi Smart Plug with support for Apple’s HomeKit platform.

The company has three of its Koogeek Smart Plugs (pictured above) to give away to 9to5Mac readers this week. 

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10:34
Satechi releases new Aluminum Type-C Pro Hub Adapter...

If Apple's reimagined 2016 MacBook Pros have done anything to make an impact, this is it -- they've certainly stimulated the market for third-party accessories that make up for the shortcomings of the entirely Thunderbolt 3/USB-C design. Satechi today released the new Aluminum Type-C Pro Hub Adapter for 2016 MacBook Pro 13" and 15", a relative bargain at $99.99.

Available in both Space Gray and Silver, the device plugs into both USB Type-C ports on the side of a 2016 MacBook Pro and then provides a Thunderbolt 3 port, USB-C port, two USB 3.0 ports, 4K HDMI out, and both SD and microSD card readers. 

The Pro Hub provides pass-through charging for the 13-inch (61 watts) and 15-inch (87 watts) models, and two of the Hubs can be in used at the same time (one on either side of the MacBook Pro) in order to drive two 4K HDMI displays simultaneously. The Pro Hub is available today...

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10:28
Tough talks may keep Apple Pay out of Germany until...




Apple Pay may finally arrive in Germany sometime this fall or winter, but is still facing resistance from the country's banks, according to a new report.

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10:12
Apple posts 16 succinct "How to shoot on iPhone...

The cameras on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are phenomenal, but many techniques needed to take professional-looking photos are beyond the skills of most iPhoneographers. Apple has posted a new web page that uses 16 short and to-the-point videos to give iPhone shooters a quick tutorial in how to master some common pro techniques. The "How to shoot on iPhone 7" page and videos can be viewed on iPhone -- many of the videos are in portrait orientation -- and they show just how easy it can be to achieve professional results.

The videos cover the gamut of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus techniques:

  • How to shoot a great portrait (highlighting iPhone 7 Plus portrait mode)
  • How to shoot a close-up
  • How to shoot a vertical Pano
  • How to shoot without a flash
  • How to shoot action
  • How to shoot a selfie with the timer
  • How to capture a unique angle
  • ...
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09:55
Apple invests $200 million in Corning to innovate on...

Apple wasted no time putting its $1 billion U.S. manufacturing fund to work, announcing Friday that it will invest $200 million into Corning’s Harrodsburg, Kentucky glass-making plant.

Corning, as everyone knows, manufactures the glass that Apple has used in iPhones and iPads since day one.

“Corning is a great example of a supplier that has continued to innovate and they are one of Apple’s long-standing suppliers,” Apple COO Jeff Williams said in a Friday statement announcing the investment. “This partnership started 10 years ago with the very first iPhone, and today every customer that buys an iPhone or iPad anywhere in the world touches glass that was developed in America. We’re extremely proud of our collaboration over the years and we are investing further with Corning who has such a rich legacy of innovative manufacturing practices.”...

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09:45
Watch: When will the 'iPhone 8' launch?...




With fans eagerly awaiting the release Apple's highly-anticipated "iPhone 8," rumors of apparent delays for the upcoming flagship handset continue to crop up. AppleInsider offers quick recap of all the latest rumors.

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09:36
Robotic exo-shorts safely twist old folks out of...

Robotic exosuits have already found use in a variety of medical applications from helping Parkinson's patients walk more easily to letting kids with spinal muscular atrophy play again. Now a team of researchers from the EPFL have developed a pair of...

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09:30
30 hours of Doctor Who audio dramas now free to...

I’ve never been a big Doctor Who fan but I am a fan of audio dramas. I’ll check these out this weekend.

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 9.7″ iPad Pro Wi-Fi 128GB $500...

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09:26
∞ Helicopter crew’s shark warning to paddle-boarders

“Exit the water in a calm manner…”

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09:25
∞ iPhone 7 top selling smartphone model in Q1 2017

Apple’s iPhone 7 is the top selling smartphone model in Q1 2017, according to a new research report from Strategy Analytics released this week. When is it okay to be No. 2? When you’re also No. 1—the second top selling smartphone model is the iPhone 7 Plus, according to the report. […]

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09:18
Happy Hour Podcast 119 | Apple buys into sleep...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss iTunes coming to the Windows Store, Amazon Prime for Apple TV rumored for WWDC, the latest iPad Pro rumors, Apple buying a sleep tracking company, the Amazon Echo Show and Siri Speaker rumors, Apple’s new iPhone photography videos, and the Mother’s Day Activity Challenge for Apple Watch. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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09:15
Twitch dedicates May 26th to celebrating diversity

On May 26th, video streaming platform Twitch will celebrate a site-wide holiday called "TwitchUnity" that celebrates diversity and inclusivity. It plans to highlight channels on its front page that "exemplify a positive culture" that day, and it's en...

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09:06
Review: TextExpander is autocorrect on steroids,...

Autocorrect can be a mixed blessing. We’ve all experienced times where it’s a hindrance rather than a help, insisting on turning our perfectly valid words into something entirely unrelated – so much so that entire websites have been devoted to its alleged failings (even if most of them are made up).

But one of its real strengths is the ability to save typing effort. We can create our own abbreviations that then expand out into the full phrase or sentence. TextExpander is a cloud-based service that uses the same concept, but is, to borrow a phrase, insanely powerful …

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09:05
US judge asks for criminal investigation into Uber...




A lawsuit against Uber by Alphabet's self-driving unit, Waymo, has been referred to the U.S. Department of Justice for an investigation of possible theft of trade secrets, escalating the battle between the two companies.

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09:05
NHS hospitals in England hit by a widespread...

Various NHS Trusts are currently battling with what appears to be a large-scale cyberattack affecting IT systems across the country. According to reports, hospitals and GP surgeries are falling victim to a widespread ransomware attack, causing them t...

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09:00
The best action camera

By Ben Keough

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. R...

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09:00
External Link: Is the Apple/Amazon Video Feud Over?

BuzzFeed’s John Paczkowski reports that Apple and Amazon have reached an agreement that will bring Amazon Prime Video to the Apple TV and put the Apple TV back in Amazon’s store. The deal will reportedly be announced at the WWDC keynote next month. Recode previously reported on the agreement, making it sufficiently substantial to pass on. If the rumor turns out to be true, the Apple TV’s content lineup will become significantly more compelling. The agreement also raises the broader question of whether Apple is adjusting some App Store policies to be more accommodating to competing digital retailers.

 

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08:58
Dropping Tech Giants

Great interactive feature by Farhad Manjoo for The New York Times:

Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft and Alphabet, the parent
company of Google, are not just the largest technology companies
in the world. As I’ve argued repeatedly in my column, they are
also becoming the most powerful companies of any kind, essentially
inescapable for any consumer or business that wants to participate
in the modern world. But which of the Frightful Five is most
unavoidable? I ponder the question in my column this week.

But what about you? If an evil monarch forced you to choose, in
what order would you give up these inescapable giants of tech?

Great question. I love thought exercises.

My order (from first dropped to last):

  1. Facebook. I love Instagram, but could live without it. I don’t use...

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08:50
Nike’s new iPhone 7 cases have Air Force 1 and Roshe...

From 9to5Toys:

Nike is known for its iconic shoe designs, from the original Air Jordan’s to its infamous Waffle Iron cross-trainers. Now it’s bringing some of its most popular looks to your iPhone. Unveiled this week, Nike is now offering cases for Apple’s flagship device that are direct reproductions of the soles from favorite shoes such as the original Air Force 1s and its Roshe line…

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08:45
Jamf Now: Set up and protect your Apple devices

Thanks to Jamf Now for sponsoring The Loop this week. Jamf Now is an on-demand mobile device management solution for the iPads, iPhones and Macs in your workplace. We make device management simple and affordable for everyone, so businesses can support their users; no IT required. Manage your first three devices for free and add more for just $2 per device per month. Get started for free today!

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08:38
This is your last chance to buy 'Alan Wake'

One of Alan Wake's best features was its licensed soundtrack, and now the tunes developer Remedy Entertainment carefully curated are causing a bit of grief. Remedy's rights to The Black Angels' "Young Men Dead" and "Up Jumped The Devil" from Nick Cav...

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08:34
Apple doesn’t ‘need’ to buy anything

Many of the companies pundits think Apple should buy are patently ridiculous choices.

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08:07
'PaRappa' and 'Gitaroo Man'...

PaRappa the Rapper and Gitaroo Man are some of the brightest, weirdest and catchiest music games I've ever played. They're crazy for sure — how many titles let you spit rhymes with a humanoid onion in a kung fu dojo? But they're also bold, imag...

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07:51
Satechi’s new Pro Hub expands 2016 MacBook Pro past...

Satechi has just announced the availability of its take on the USB-C hub for the 2016 MacBook Pro. While USB-C ports may be standard in a few years, today they’re just not, and many creatives still rely on external hubs to get their work done. Satechi’s new aluminum Type-C Pro Hub will bring back the ports and expansion power users need.

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07:42
Alexa’s now a Eurovision trivia buff

Whatever your thoughts are on it, there's no denying that The Eurovision Song Contest continues to go from strength to strength. In 2016, over 200 million viewers watched Ukraine's Jamala triumph over three live shows broadcast from Stockholm, Sweden...

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07:40
Microsoft Is Surprisingly Comfortable With Its New...

An anonymous reader writes: The company that once held a mock funeral for the iPhone -- complete with dedicated "iPhone trashcans" -- now has a very different attitude about the company of Jobs. The Microsoft whose old CEO Steve Ballmer in 2007 famously predicted the iPhone had "no chance; no chance at all" of getting market share, now readily accepts and embraces a world where the iPhone and Android dominate personal computing. Microsoft talked a lot here at its Build 2017 developer conference about extending Windows experiences over to iOS and Android devices. And it's not just about fortifying Windows. Microsoft says it not only wants to connect with those foreign operating systems, but by bringing over functionality from Windows 10 (along with content) it hopes to "make those other devices better," as one Microsoft rep said in a press briefing yesterday. The developers here at Build cheered when Microsoft announced XAML Standard 1.0, which provides a single markup language to...

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07:21
Apple invests $200 million in Corning's US...

Apple is awarding $200 million of its billion-dollar Advanced Manufacturing Fund to Corning Incorporated for research and development, "capital equipment needs" and high-tech glass processing. In a statement, Corning's CEO Wendell P. Weeks said that...

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07:01
Sprint & SoftBank in 'preliminary...




Sprint and its controlling investor -- Japan's SoftBank -- are reportedly in "preliminary conversations" about a merger with T-Mobile U.S., a move that could narrow carrier choices for Apple's U.S. iPhone buyers.

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07:00
Self-driving cars could soon be cheaper and easier...

There's no shortage of companies working on artificial intelligence for cars. If anything there's a glut. Every automaker and startup seems to be building a nearly sentient system designed to operate cars and avoid objects (especially humans). AImoti...

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06:42
Belgian scientists turn polluted air into hydrogen...

To save the environment, humanity needs to do two things: reduce harmful gases and produce more energy from "green" energy sources. While plenty of research projects have tried to tackle these independently, few do both at the same time. Scientists f...

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06:21
Clair Torry’s legendary vocals on Pink Floyd’s The...

This is a great collection of videos, including this interview with Clair Torry, where she tells the story about coming in to the studio to record her vocals, getting no guidance from producer Alan Parsons, and basically winging it, coming up with one of the greatest off the cuff vocal performances of all time.

The video embedded in the main Loop post is a somewhat isolated mix which really highlights Clair’s performance. I just love this track. Feels like it just pours out of her soul.

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06:19
Samsung promises Tizen phones aren't dead with...

Samsung has plenty of reasons to give up on Tizen phones -- they're a security nightmare and there are basically no apps. However, it's not punting yet on its home-grown OS, as it has just launched its fourth Tizen smartphone, the Z4. The device is a...

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06:12
How to instantly tell whether an iPhone is stolen

Stolen Phone Checker:

CTIA’s Stolen Phone Checker – powered by the GSMA Device Check service – is a public service designed to limit the resale of lost and stolen mobile devices in the United States and to help consumers, businesses, and law enforcement agencies make informed decisions about the status of a mobile device.

Looking to buy a used phone? Go to this page and enter the IMEI/MEID/ESN and submit. Good idea.

[Via 9to5Mac]

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