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Wednesday February 8

07:41
Samsung factory fire triggered by discarded batteries

Samsung just can't catch a break when it comes to batteries. The company reports that faulty lithium batteries and other waste products triggered minor fire at a Samsung SDI factory in Tianjin, China on February 8th. No one was hurt, the company says...

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07:39
Facebook's Community Help lets you aid your...

Facebook is taking its Safety Check feature beyond the ability to just mark yourself and others as safe with a new addition called Community Help, which started rolling out Wednesday. Facebook first announced Community Help in November at the company’s Social Good Forum.

Community Help allows Facebook users to offer each other assistance for basic needs during a crisis. This can be food, a place to sleep, baby supplies, and other essential goods or services.

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Facebook’s Community Help feature.

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07:31
New Mac malware from Iran targets US defense...




Security researchers have discovered new malware for macOS called 'MacDownloader,' which is believed to have been created by Iranian hackers to try and attack individuals and companies involved in the US defense industry.

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07:28
Mac: Microsoft Office (Feb. 2017 update)

Microsoft Office ($150) is offering an update through its beta program that enables the new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar to be used with Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook. After registering for the “Office Insider” program, Office users will have access to all kinds of new shortcuts in the Touch Bar, including the ability to change fonts or format text in Word, reorder slides in PowerPoint, save recently used functions or color cells in Excel, and view calendar appointments in Outlook. Microsoft has also added Touch Bar functionality to Skype for Business calls, with the ability to activate, mute and end calls. The update is free to those who already own Microsoft Office.
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07:23
'Avatar' attractions are coming to Walt...

Disney CEO Bob Iger has announced that the entertainment giant will soon be opening a park based on James Cameron's Avatar. From May 27th, visitors to Disney World Orlando will be able to explore a large area based on the hugely successful sci-fi mov...

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07:13
The perpetual motion machine is finally here

The concept of a perpetual motion machine brings up images of con artists and snake oil.

Since the birth of the industrial revolution, tricksters have tried to sell the world on the impossible. But this one has the blessing of physicists at Berkely and others have been able to replicate their findings.

From New Scientist:

Now, in a paper published this week, Norman Yao at the University of California, Berkeley, and his colleagues have revealed a blueprint for making a time crystal. The recipe has already been followed by two teams.

For Yao’s time crystal, an external force – like the pulse of a laser...

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07:09
External Link: Backblaze Publishes 2016 Hard Drive...

Online backup service Backblaze has posted its hard drive reliability statistics for 2016, based on nearly 72,000 drives and almost 23 million drive-days. At the end of last year, overall failure rates were 1.95 percent, which is down 0.52 percent from last year. The most reliable drive maker was HGST, with a failure rate of just 0.60 percent, whereas Western Digital brought up the rear, with 3.88 percent of its drives dying. Backblaze uses more drives from Seagate than any other manufacturer, and while Seagate’s new 8 TB drives proved quite reliable, the company’s 4 TB drives remain problematic. Backblaze’s most heavily used Seagate 4 TB model posted an above-average failure rate of 2.77 percent, and another model stumbled in with an abysmal 13.57 percent failure rate. The moral of the story: pay close attention to manufacturer and model when buying drives.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously...

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07:03
MacBook Pro Touch Bar preview hits Microsoft Office...

It’s not ready for prime time yet, but Microsoft's now testing a beta version of MacBook Pro Touch Bar support in Office 2016 for Mac.

Anyone enrolled in the Office Insider Slow ring will soon see it appear in version 15.31 of Microsoft’s productivity suite, as first noticed by The Verge. The new Touch Bar features are available in all of Office’s major apps, including Word, PowerPoint,...

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06:59
Sharp said to take lead role in $7 billion US...




A long-discussed manufacturing plant, said to be built by Apple manufacturer Foxconn or its subsidiary Sharp, may break ground as soon as the summer of 2017 with Sharp at the helm, according to a new report

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06:41
News: Apple hires former Amazon, Netflix executive...

Apple has recruited Timothy Twerdahl, the former head of Amazon’s Fire TV unit, to be the new vice president heading up Apple TV’s product marketing, Bloomberg reports. The move has pushed out the role’s former occupant, Pete Distad, who sources say will now be working with Eddy Cue on Apple’s ongoing efforts to secure new streams of content. Twerdahl brings plenty of experience in the streaming content and set-top device industry,…

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06:35
Font Squirrel offers free fonts and some quite...

From this Robservatory post about Font Squirrel:

They offer a huge assortment of fonts, all licensed for free commercial use, with a nice set of categories and search engine. And free…though the tradeoff is a fairly heavy advertising load.

And:

Font Squirrel not only has a great collection of fonts, but they offer a free web font generator. Using the generator, you can create fonts that are embedded in your page, so that they’re available even when users don’t have those fonts installed locally.

There’s more to Font Squirrel. Definitely worth a look.

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06:22
iOS and the neglected touch down state

Visual and user interface designer Max Rudberg compares the touch down state (the visual change when you press, but before you release, a button) in Apple Watch, Android, and iOS. There are excellent animated GIFs for each example.

Max makes his case well. By comparison, iOS does feel a bit stiff.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:17
Apple's WebKit team proposes a new API for...

Apple's WebKit team has proposed a new Community Group at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) that will focus on developing a new standard API [application programming interface], perhaps based on Metal, for accelerating GPU-based 3D graphics and general computation for the web, notes AppleInsider

Metal is a low-level, low-overhead hardware-accelerated graphics and API.  With Metal, Apple hopes to replace the industry-standard 3D-graphics API called OpenGL, with its own development API.

WebKit is a layout engine software component for rendering web pages in web browsers. It powers Apple's Safari web browser.

Announced on Apple's WebKit blog, the new “GPU for the Web” Community Group will discuss a potential next-...

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06:14
How to use iPhone’s built-in Magnifier tool

iOS comes with a built in magnifying glass, perfect for reading fine print, clarifying small detail. The linked post walks through the setup and use. Nicely done.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:11
Pokémon Go Valentine’s Day in-app event starts today...

If there’s a holiday on the calendar, you can almost guarantee Pokémon Go will have an in-app event to promote the game. With Valentine’s Day less than a week away, Niantic announced today a special Valentine’s Day-themed event for trainers kicking off today through next week.

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06:08
References to next-generation MacBook Pros with Kaby...

Christian Zibreg, iDownloadBlog:

A developer-only preview of what would become the macOS Sierra 10.12.4 software update references a total of eight next-generation MacBook Pro models with the latest Kaby Lake processors from Intel.

Lower power consumption and, more importantly, support for 32GB of RAM. Interesting and inevitable.

UPDATE: A little birdie tells me that Kaby Lake’s built-in memory controller does not support 32GB RAM. So the move to Kaby Lake does not necessarily mean we’ll see Macs with 32GB RAM without the addition of a separate memory controller.

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06:07
Apple partner Sharp’s planned US manufacturing...

Via Reuters, Sharp may begin a $7 billion project to build a factory in the United States before June of this year. Apple supplier Foxconn announced plans to explore manufacturing components in the US earlier this year, and this latest report largely reaffirms those rumors with a more concrete time frame. A spring/summer start for the US plant would be sooner than many predicted.

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06:04
Apple hires Amazon’s Fire TV head to run Apple TV...

Mark Gurman, Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. has hired Timothy D. Twerdahl, the former head of Amazon.com Inc.’s Fire TV unit, as a vice president in charge of Apple TV product marketing and shifted the executive who previously held the job to a spot negotiating media content deals.

The moves suggest a renewed focus on the Apple TV and on providing more content for the device, an effort that has been stalled in the past by failed negotiations.

This feels like a recognition that the Apple TV was stalled and a change to get things moving again.

And this from Jason Snell:

The way this reads, Apple TV is getting a product leader who reports to Phil Schiller, while Eddy Cue’s group keeps control over dealmaking. I wonder if this means the Apple TV product will...

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06:03
Former head of Amazon’s Fire TV team hired to lead...

Maybe Apple is getting ready to show the Apple TV some love. The company has hired Timothy D. Twerdahl, the former head of Amazon’s Fire TV team, to fill a similar role at the Cupertino, California-based company, reports Bloomberg.

He joined Apple this month and will report to Greg Joswiak, Apple's VP of product marketing, the article adds. Twerdahl had been general manager and director of Amazon’s Fire TV business since 2013.

The Apple TV could use a jump start. According to a January eMarketer report, Apple’s set-top is at the bottom of the US connected TV market, behind Google Chromecast and Roku, with its share shrinking. This year, 11.9% of connected TV users will subscribe to Apple TV, compared with 19.9% for Chromecast and 18.2% for Roku, according to the research...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Polaroid University, 5-Yr...

Today in iLounge Deals, you can get a five-year subscription to Polaroid University for only $24.99 — that’s 75% off the regular price. This educational library will help you become a master of your iPhone camera, with hours of professional-led and professionally-produced videos aimed specifically at smartphone photographers. The subscription gives you access to the entire Polaroid University library for five years, and you can choose to focus…

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05:39
Four months after preview, Microsoft adds Touch Bar...




After teasing Touch Bar support for the omnipresent Office in October, Microsoft has added preliminary support for the MacBook Pro feature in its most recent build for the "slow ring" of its beta testers.

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05:30
Daily Deal: The Pay What You Want 2017 Superstar Mac...

Today's deal in the Apple World Today Deals Shop is guaranteed to get you a lot of software for very little money. The Pay What You Want 2017 Superstar Mac Bundle provides $387 worth of Mac utilities and apps, but you decide how much you want to pay. 

How does this work? Pay anything you want and if that amount is less than the average selling price, you still get a bunch of the apps. Pay the average price and you get all 12 apps in the bundle. Pay more than the the top price on the leaderboard and you'll not only be featured on the leaderboard, but you'll be entered into a giveaway for a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

What's in the bundle?

  • Passenger Pro: Useful for creating...
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05:15
Apple surpasses PayPal, now accepted at 36% of U.S....

PayPal has apparently fallen as the leader among U.S. merchants and Apple Pay has taken its place.

Per NFC World, Apple today sits at 36 percent versus 16 percent a year ago. PayPal, by contrast, is being offered by 34 percent of merchants.

Both Apple and PayPal are trailed by MasterCard PayPass (25 percent), Android Pay (24 percent), Visa Checkout (20 percent), Samsung Pay (18 percent) and Chase Pay (11 percent). Notably, Samsung Pay can be used at businesses that don’t officially support the platform.

The data found that about 22 percent of businesses are planning to adopt Apple Pay within the next 12 months, whereas 11 percent are expecting to support it in the next 1 to 3 years. Roughly 31 percent, according to the study, are waiting to see how things shake out in the long term.

Apple has faced a number of hurdles in the pursuit of U.S. merchant adoption of its payment platform. In the cases of major chains which still haven’t come aboard, a good...

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05:00
New experiments harness satellite communications for...

Wireless speeds could advance to new levels, complete with a terahertz transmitter that can send data at 100 gigabits a second over a single channel in the 300GHz band. A group of Japanese researchers have begun experiments that show that satellite links like the ones planned by Elon Musk’s Space X could deliver fiber speeds.

Developed by researchers at Hiroshima University, the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), and Panasonic, the technology is being shown this week at the IEEE’s International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco.

The project taps into effort by researchers wherein terahertz radio networks could help meet growing demand for higher speeds and higher bandwidths in wireless networks, which would operate at far higher frequencies than today’s 5GHz or below wireless technologies.

“This year, we developed a transmitter with 10 times higher transmission power than the previous version’s. This made...

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05:00
Twitter Steps Up Efforts to Silence Trolls


Twitter on Tuesday announced yet another crackdown on abusers. With the goal of making Twitter a safer place, it has come up with new ways to prevent the creation of new abusive accounts;
make search safer; and collapse potentially abusive or low-quality tweets. Twitter also pledged to persist in its anti-abuse endeavors, saying it would keep rolling out product changes, some more visible than others, and updating users on its progress every step of the way. Twitter "is more vulnerable than other social media," noted tech analyst Jim McGregor.

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04:55
Touch Bar integration coming soon to Word,...

At the original October event for the new MacBook Pro, Apple announced that Microsoft Office would offer Touch Bar integration in the coming months. Although the support is not yet ready for the general public, the Office Insider beta program has now released an update including Touch Bar features (via The Verge).

Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook include Touch Bar features enabling quick access to text formatting, object ordering and other tools. We’ve got an overview of what’s included after the jump, or you can join the Mac Office Insider program here and test out the new versions today for...

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04:30
How to find, install, and remove apps for your Apple...

You can’t install apps directly from your Apple Watch. However, you can find apps designed to work with your smartwatch in the Apple Watch app on your iPhone:

  • Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  • Tap the App Store or Search tab to browse apps. 
  • Tap an app. To buy an app, select the price. To get a free app, select Get.
  • If asked, enter your Apple ID password or use Touch ID. Wait for the app to download. 
  • Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap the My Watch tab. 
  • Turn on Show App on Apple Watch.

To uninstall an app on your Apple Watch:

  • Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap the My Watch tab. 
  • Scroll to the app you want to remove, then tap it.
  • Turn off Show App on Apple Watch.

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04:10
New EU rules will remove ‘geoblocking’ so customers...

The European Union is laying out plans to enforce new laws that breakdown geographical barriers for online subscription services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Apple Music. When the new regulations come into effect in early 2018, online services must provide a service to its customers regardless of their current location, as long as they stay within the EU.

For example, This means that ...

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04:00
Satechi’s USB-C Power Meter is a useful safety tool...

Satechi’s USB-C Power Meter may only appeal to a certain niche of users, but those users should find it helpful. It lets you measure the volts, amps, and mAh output from accessories to ensure that they’re safe and compatible with new Type-C laptops, tablets and smartphones such as the 12-inch MacBook and 2016 MacBook Pros.

When choosing a charger or accessory for a device, users need to know the maximum voltage and amperage it can use to ensure they don’t permanently damage their hardware. Most folks probably won’t bother to do this, and most won’t experience any issues. However, the USB-C Power Meter does provide a useful safety measure for we cautious types. 

It will measure the voltage (in volts) of your port's power source in real time. You can check the current (in amps) being input to your device. To calculate wattage, multiply the volts by the amps. You can use the Power Meter to see how much power has travelled into your device since beginning charging. It...

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Tuesday February 7

22:51
A month with Apple's AirPods: a long-term review




After using Apple's AirPods for more than a month, AppleInsider revisits the company's first wireless headphone device to report on battery life, design benefits and flaws, durability, performance and more. We also offer out two cents on areas that need improvement.

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22:10
Must-know Siri commands for Apple's wireless...




To keep AirPods as hassle-free -- and aesthetically pleasing -- as possible, Apple opted to completely replace physical controls with Siri voice commands, a first for the company. AppleInsider compiled a few key phrases new AirPods owners should know in order to get the most out of their purchase.

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22:00
Amazon’s former Fire TV director gets poached by...

Enlarge / The fourth-gen Apple TV. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

If you've been thinking that the Apple TV's hardware has needed a shot in the arm lately, it looks like you're not alone. Bloomberg reports that Apple has hired Timothy Twerdahl, an executive who has spent most of the last four years serving as Director and General Manager of Amazon's Fire TV team. Twerdahl's extensive resume includes years of experience with hardware and TV projects, including three years at Palm, two at pre-Google Motorola, half a year at Netflix, almost two years at Roku, and three years as VP of Products at...

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21:10
Giveaway time! Enter to win a pair of Apple AirPods...




Apple AirPods are in hot demand, but we're giving away a free pair to one lucky reader. Follow us for your chance to win a pair of Apple's wireless earphones and avoid the extended six-week wait.

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19:39
See how Apple's growth in Greater China could...




Apple's success in Greater China has wavered slightly over the last year, with the region now bringing in less revenue for the company than Europe, but data suggests the market has every chance of bouncing back and re-overtaking Europe's sales figures.

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19:06
Apple seeks to position Metal as part of new 3D...




Apple's WebKit team on Tuesday proposed a new Community Group at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) that will focus on developing a new standard API, perhaps based on Metal, for accelerating GPU-based 3D graphics and general computation for the web.

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18:02
Apple hires former head of Amazon's Fire TV...




Apple is shaking up its Apple TV operating unit with the hire of Timothy D. Twerdahl, the former head of Amazon's Fire TV team who will fill a similar role in Cupertino, a report said Tuesday.

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17:29
Apple hires former Amazon Fire TV chief, Netflix...

As it continues to focus on the evolution of the Apple TV, Apple has reportedly hired the former Amazon Fire TV head, Timothy D. Twerdahl. According to Bloomberg, the former Amazon executive will head up the Apple TV business, freeing up other executives to spearhead different efforts.

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17:21
Apple proposes new ‘GPU on the Web’ Community Group...

Apple’s WebKit team today proposed a new Community Group to discuss the future of 3D graphics on the web. In a blog post on the WebKit blog, Apple’s Dean Jackson wrote about the company’s proposal to develop a standard API that exposes modern GPU features.

Apple’s WebKit team today proposed a new Community Group at the W3C to discuss the future of 3D graphics on the Web, and to develop a standard API that exposes modern GPU features including low-level graphics and general purpose computation.

W3C Community Groups allow all to freely participate, and we invite browser engineers, GPU hardware vendors, software developers and the Web community to join us.

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16:57
2018 Dodge Durango SRT to feature Apple CarPlay and...




Adding to a slowly growing list of new cars with support for Apple's CarPlay, Dodge on Tuesday announced its 2018 Durango SRT will feature the in-car entertainment system, as well as BeatsAudio premium sound.

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15:37
With the release date set for this Friday, do you...

Earlier today, it was officially confirmed that the delayed BeatsX would become available this Friday, February 10th. Announced back in September alongside the iPhone 7, the BeatsX were originally slated to be released sometime during the fall, but were then pushed back.

Now that we have a solid release date, and that AirPods are on the market as well, do you plan on purchasing the BeatsX? Or has the delay caused you to look at other options such as Apple’s own AirPods?

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15:13
Apple v. Samsung patent case sent back to lower...

In what has become a never-ending patent battle, a federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered that the Apple v. Samsung case be sent back to a lower court. As noted by CNET, the district court will decide whether or not to hold another damage retrial or settle the case in another fashion.

The Samsung v. Apple case will be sent back to where it originally started back in 2012, the Northern District Court of California.

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15:02
How Linux Helped Me Become an Empowered Computer User


If you were to ask any of my friends, they could readily attest to my profound passion for Linux. That said, it might surprise you to know that hardly two years ago, I barely knew what Linux was, let alone had any earnest interest in switching to it from Windows. Although a shift as dramatic as this seem astonishing when considered in hindsight, analyzing my path from one push or influence to the next paints a more telling picture. I want to share my story of how I came not only to use, but indeed champion, the Linux desktop.

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15:00
Apple VP of government/enterprise sales says goodbye

John Solomon, an Apple vice president responsible for government and enterprise sales, has left the company. Representatives for Apple confirmed the departure, but didn't offer an explanation, Reuters reports. 

The executive appears to have no particular destination in mind, as his LinkedIn profile mentions only "tbd" under job title and company fields.

Solomon was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Printers & Personal Systems (PPS) Division, a Division of HP Company since April 2012 until moving to Apple. He served as Senior Vice President of Imaging and Printing Group (ipg) - Asia...

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14:53
Apple v. Samsung remanded back to court where legal...




After five years and a through America's legal system, including a sojourn to the highest court in the land, Apple's patent infringement case against Samsung is returning to where it began.

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14:30
AWT News Update: February 7, 2017

We have four stories today for you, covering the gamut from slowing Twitter abuse to impressive smartphone camera modules. Let's get started:

  • Twitter begins making changes to slow abuse on the social network
  • It's the 20th anniversary of Apple acquiring NeXT Software, Inc., a pivotal decision for the development of Mac OS X
  • YouTube begins livestream broadcasts from iPhone and iPad apps...if you happen to have more than 10,000 followers
  • We look at a Sony smartphone camera module that not only features extremely high resolution, but can shoot video at up to 1,000 frames per second

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.

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14:22
Comparing the First Seven Years of the iPad and Mac

Good piece by Dr. Drang, pondering why iPad owners seemingly are slow to upgrade older iPads for new ones:

What’s surprising to me is how slow iPad software has advanced in
the seven years since its introduction. I’ve always thought of the
iPad as the apotheosis of Steve Jobs’s conception of what a
computer should be, what the Mac would have been in 1984 if the
hardware were available. But think of what the Mac could do when
it was seven years old:

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14:10
Circuit court remands Apple vs. Samsung patent case...

Today a California Federal Circuit Court remanded the Apple v. Samsung patent design issue back down to district court.

Case Collard is a partner at the international law firm Dorsey & Whitney who focuses on intellectual property disputes and developing strategies for safeguarding intellectual property rights. He prosecutes and defends cases around the country. He’s been following this case closely.

"Another twist and turn in a long design patent saga now returns the Apple v. Samsung design patent dispute to where it began in the Northern District of California.  The Federal Circuit (the appeals court that handles all patent cases) just issued another Apple v. Samsung design patent decision. This decision takes into account the Supreme Court’s new guidance about what may constitute an ‘article of manufacture’ for the purposes of calculating damages for design patent infringement,” Collard tells AppleWorld.Today.

Just like the Supreme Court, the...

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13:50
Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 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

Heiko Wichmann has launched Emojiplode 1.0. In the arcade-style casual game, players blast emojs before they touch the ground. They twirl, blink and increase speed to outwit you. When you push a button without hitting a falling emoji, the button is blocked. Emojiplode is free, but does tout in-app purchases.

Windmill Games Studio has introduced The Shadow of Devilwood 1.0. In this free puzzle-solving adventure game, players must take on the role of detective Linwood to find all the clues that lead to a missing person as well as to the...

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13:40
Tesla Model S breaks acceleration record with...

Tesla's Model S P100D is the fastest accelerating production car in the world, thanks to a Spaceballs-inspired software update. In a recent Motor Trend test, the Model S P100D hit 0-60 mph in 2.275507139 seconds using a new Easter egg mode called Lud...

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13:35
Apple VP of enterprise sales makes unexpected...




An Apple vice president responsible for government and enterprise sales, John Solomon, has reportedly left the company for reasons unknown.

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13:26
Apple’s VP of enterprise and government sales leaves...

A short two years after being hired, Reuters is reporting that John Solomon has left his position as Apple’s executive for corporate and government sales.

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13:25
Dodge shows off new 2018 Durango SRT as latest with...

Dodge today announced its 2018 Dodge Durango SRT at the Chicago Auto Show as its latest vehicle to come with Apple’s CarPlay platform stock.

The three-row, 475-horsepower SUV sports a 8.4-inch touchscreen that utilizes Unconnect software to interface with CarPlay (and Android Auto) and a nine speaker BeatsAudio sound system. It also comes with a 5-year trial of SiriusXM Travel Link and Traffic.

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13:25
Apple's Ultra Accessory Connector Dashes Any...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Among all the iPhone 8 concepts and daydreams, my favorite scenario has always been to see Apple replacing its proprietary Lightning connector with the USB-C one that's taken over the entire rest of the smartphone world. Apple is already a strong proponent of USB-C, having moved to it aggressively with the new MacBook Pros in October, but the company also maintains Lightning for its iPhones and iPads -- which creates a lot of headaches for people desiring universal accessories that work with everything inside the Cupertino ecosystem. Alas, after yesterday's revelation of a new Ultra Accessory Connector (UAC), which is intended to ameliorate some of the pain of having both USB-C and Lightning devices, it looks like the dream of a USB-C iPhone will forever remain just that. The UAC connector is going to be used as an intermediary in headphone wires, splitting them in half so that the top part can be universal, and the bottom can be...

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13:23
Your old PC's DVD drive might earn you $10

The PC you had a decade ago might be a clunker in comparison to what you have now, but it might just make you a little extra money. In the wake of a class action settlement with major optical disc drive makers over price fixing, Americans can now cl...

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13:19
Apple Pay now accepted by 36% of US merchants, is...




Displacing former leader PayPal, Apple Pay is now the most commonly accepted mobile payment platform among U.S. merchants, according to newly-published survey data.

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13:05
This tiny hackable synth will only cost you $39

When you're new to making music, affordable gadgets provide a nice introduction without a hefty investment. As far as tiny synths go, Teenage Engineering's $59 Pocket Operators are an easy sell, but Zeppelin Design Labs may have a compelling option a...

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12:47
Supermassive black hole set a record for longest...

When a black hole eats a nearby star, the resulting X-rays typically fade within a year or so. That's why astronomers are excited about a giant black hole that's been shedding telltale radiation for close to 10 years.

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12:43
Apple’s Jimmy Iovine shares thoughts on Trump (‘he’s...

Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine graces the cover of this month’s Variety, sitting down with publication for an in-depth interview concerning Apple Music, the company’s original content efforts, his political views, and more. The interview comes ahead of The Grammys this weekend, an event that could see the mark of Prince’s music coming to streaming services.

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12:30
New York City starts cracking down on illegal Airbnb...

New York's ban on short-term rentals has officially started cracking down. As the New York Post reports, a notorious Manhattan landlord and a Brooklyn real estate broker were hit with 17 total violations of the new law. Each violation carries a $1,00...

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12:20
Latest estimates place holiday Apple Watch sales at...




Apple may have sold as many as 6 million Apple Watches during the December quarter, generating as much as $2.6 billion in revenue -- and giving the company of almost 80 percent of smartwatch revenues during the period, new research suggests.

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12:13
Facebook warns inauguration protesters over police...

Protests on the day of President Trump's inauguration were mostly peaceful, but over 230 people were arrested on allegations of rioting... and law enforcement appears bent on scouring their internet profiles for evidence. CityLab has learned that Was...

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11:56
Apple Music's Jimmy Iovine talks joining Apple...




A new interview with Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine discusses what led the executive to join the Apple Music project and the challenging times ahead for both streaming services, and the recording industry.

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11:52
External Link: Daniel Sternberg on Apple’s Lack of...

What happens when Apple isn’t passionate about a product line or service? Look no further than iBooks, iBooks Author, and the iBooks Store. After an initial burst of enthusiasm, both iBooks and iBooks Author have languished, iCloud Drive’s integration with iBooks is flaky, and the iBooks Store never recovered momentum after Apple was found guilty of ebook price fixing back in 2013. In a blog post, well-known programming author and speaker Daniel Sternberg emotes about Apple’s lack of passion for books and his frustrations with the iBooks Store, which we’ve experienced as well. “It’s a shame,” he concludes, “that there isn’t a nexus of passion about books and education at Apple like there is about health and music.”

 

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11:48
Twitter's diversity and HR heads are leaving...

Twitter had a rough time in 2016, and it's not starting the new year off very well, either. The company's vice president of diversity and inclusion, Jeffrey Siminoff, is leaving at the end of the month, according to TechCrunch, while head of human re...

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11:36
Variety’s interview with Jimmy Iovine about Apple...

As much as I may disagree with Apple Music’s focus, I do agree with this.

Yet despite competition from Spotify, Jay Z’s Tidal, and others, Iovine doesn’t believe that streaming has to become a winner-take-all proposition.

“Not if streaming is done right,” he says. What “right” means is that each service is culturally different, he explains, so that each has a different feel. “Yeah, they all have the same catalog, but what we’re doing is we’re just building on top of that. That’s where the personality and the feel will come from.”

I only wish that Apple’s culture included less pandering to celebrities and more focus on the user experience, as well as including a wider variety of musicians and genres they are willing to promote. I doubt that will happen, but one can hope.

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11:35
Delayed BeatsX wireless earbuds will ship February...

Apple and its subsidiary Beats announced the BeatsX earphones last September, alongside Apple’s own AirPods, since they have the same W1 chip that helps the AirPods pair so seamlessly to iPhones and iPads. But then they never shipped, completely missing their late-fall estimate. It’s understandable if you forgot they existed.

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11:28
Apple scoops up almost 80% of total smartwatch...

Apple set a new quarterly shipment record in in the fourth quarter of 2016, contributing to total smartwatch shipments exceeding nine million units, according to Canalys. This global market figure was largely driven by Apple’s six million shipments, representing year-on-year growth of 12%. 

It was the Apple Watch’s best quarter despite “being significantly handicapped by supply constraints, even though Apple simultaneously expanded its supply chain,” according to the research group. According to Canalys estimates, the Apple Watch generated more than US$2.6 billion in revenue for Apple in the fourth quarter of 2016, making up nearly 80% of total smartwatch revenue.

 “Apart from the hardware and software improvements of the new models, Apple succeeded mainly due to its streamlined marketing and re-aligned pricing, which helped it address a wider audience,” says analyst Jason Low. "The Series 1’s lower entry price and...

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11:20
Google uses AI to sharpen low-res images

Deckard's photo-enhancing gear in Blade Runner is still the stuff of fantasy. However, Google might just have a close-enough approximation before long. The Google Brain team has developed a system that uses neural networks to fill in the details on v...

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11:17
New public beta of iOS 10.3 available

Apple has released a second public beta of iOS 10.3. If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here. The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

iOS 10.3 updates the file structure on an iOS device to the Apple File System (APFS). AFPS is optimized for Flash/SSD storage and features “strong encryption, copy-on-write metadata, space sharing, cloning for files and directories, snapshots, fast directory sizing, atomic safe-save primitives, and improved file system fundamentals.”

The beta also includes a new "Find My AirPods" ability, additions to Siri, CarPlay improvements, and some changes to Maps. What’s more, Apple says that by the time iOS 10.3 is available to customers, developers will be able to respond to customer reviews on the Apple App Store.

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11:15
Anonymous Hacker Pulls Plug on Thousands of Dark Net...


Twenty percent of the Dark Net was taken offline last week, when a hacker compromised a server hosting some 10,000 websites on the Tor network. Tor, designed to hide the identities of its users, is widely used on the Dark Web, which serves as a hub for illegal online activities. Visitors to the affected pages were greeted with the message, "Hello, Freedom Hosting II, you've been hacked." The attacker reportedly took Freedom Hosting II offline because 50 percent of its sites contained child pornography.

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11:02
How to force close Apple Watch apps in watchOS 3




Just like with any other platform, sometimes Apple Watch apps will freeze or have bugs. Thankfully, watchOS 3 includes a quick way to force-quit an app from your wrist, allowing it to start fresh.

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11:01
Review: First Alert’s Onelink Smoke + Carbon...

If you’re assembling a HomeKit home, First Alert’s Onelink Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm is currently the best smoke detector to purchase. As a smart smoke and carbon monoxide alarm, Onelink sends you alerts when triggered while you’re away and HomeKit support turns Onelink into a trigger for automation. Check out our hands-on review below:

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10:55
US and UK among the most civil nations online,...

Today is "Safer Internet Day," so Microsoft has released some stats showing relative safety and civility by nation. It turns out that people find each other pretty civil online in the US, as the nation placed third on Microsoft's "Digital Civility In...

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10:30
CRISPR, 'binge-watch' and 'botnet...

The vocabulary experts who decide which terms get added to the Merriam-Webster's Dictionary are at it again. Today, over 1,000 new words made the cut from fields like science, tech, medicine pop culture, sports and more. Among the new additions are C...

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10:29
Apple posts second developer beta of macOS Sierra 10...

Apple has released a second developer beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.4. It can be be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center — if you’re a registered developer, that is.

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 brings iOS's Night Shift mode to the Mac, allowing users to cut down on blue light exposure. It also includes Shanghainese dictation support, cricket scores for Siri, and PDFKit improvements.

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10:28
Apple releases iOS 10.3 public beta 2 for iPhone and...

Apple has released the second iOS 10.3 public beta for testing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 10.3 public beta 2 follows the second developer version of the upcoming software update.

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10:27
Apple releases second developer beta of macOS Sierra...




After developer beta releases for iOS, watchOS, and tvOS on Monday, Apple has released a second beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta for developers alongside a second beta release of iOS 10.3.

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10:22
Apple Maps now provides real-time traffic conditions...

Apple Maps for macOS, iOS and watchOS now provides real-time traffic conditions to Argentina customers, according to Apple’s refreshed iOS Feature Availability webpage.

Apple Maps will now alert users highly congested areas with orange or red lines along the roads, helping drivers avoid any delays. Real-time traffic conditions are now available in more than 40 countries.

In May 2016, Apple announced the opening of an office in Hyderabad, India, that will focus on development of Maps for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. This investment will accelerate Maps development and create up to 4,000 jobs, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. The company has been continually updating and adding new features to Maps, including 3D views, the Flyover feature and tools to help customers find places to shop, eat and explore nearby areas.

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10:16
Report: Apple Watch’s record quarter generated near...

Apple doesn’t break out its Apple Watch numbers when it reports device sales and revenue each quarter, but it did say during the fiscal Q1 earnings call the wearable hit record numbers for both units and revenue during the important holiday period. The latest report from research firm Canalys today puts estimates of Apple Watch sales at around 6 million units and $2.6 billion in revenue. This would mean the company took almost 80% of total revenue for the smartwatch market last quarter, according to the report’s estimates. It would also represent around 12% year-over-year growth for Apple Watch sales:

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10:13
Thirty-six percent of U.S. merchants now accept...

Apple Pay has the largest percentage of supporting U.S. merchants with 36% accepting Apple’s mobile payment service, according to new data from Boston Retail Partners (BRP) That’s up from 16% in 2016.

Approximately 22% of retailers are planning to accept Apple Pay in the next 12 months, 11% plan to do so within 1-3 years, and 31% are adopting a “wait and see” approach. PayPal is in second place with a 34% acceptance rate, followed by Mastercard PayPass (25%), Android Pay (24%), Visa Checkout (20%), Samsung Pay (18%), Chase Pay (11%) and private label mobile wallets with 4%

Almost half (49%) of retailers already are using mobile solutions for sales staff, up from fewer than a third (31%) last year, according to BRP. The study comprised a survey of 500 top North American retailers, 76% of which have revenue of $100 million or more and 50% with revenue of $500 million or more.

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10:11
Apple rolling out macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 2 for Mac

Apple is rolling out the second macOS 10.12.4 beta for developer testing. The upcoming version of macOS Sierra is the first to bring Night Shift to the Mac.

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10:07
Stanford students recreated a 5,000-year-old Chinese...

Homebrewing is a niche hobby today, but before the industrialization of the industry, a lot of beer was made in people's kitchens. Li Liu, a professor in Chinese archaeology at Stanford, was part of a team that recently discovered a 5,000-year-old...

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10:04
Twitter pushes on in the fight against online abuse

Following the announcements in November about their fight against online abuse, Twitter has announced some new updates on their progress. Starting today the company is pushing out new changes that should help combat the more obvious online abuse patterns.

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10:02
Expect Kaby Lake processors (and 32GB of RAM) in...

Apple blog Pike's Universum hash uncovered three motherboard identifiers that hint at updated MacBook Pros with Kaby Lake processors. Since the latest version of the laptops only arrived, four months ago, I wouldn’t expect to see hardware updates for the line until September.

Built on an improved 14nm process, Kaby Lake features faster CPU clock speed changes. It also features a new graphics architecture to improve performance in 3D graphics and 4K video playback. The platform also supposedly provides enhanced battery life and security features.

Last month KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that Apple will offer a high-end MacBook Pro model this year with up to 32GB of —potentially desktop-class —RAM. He thinks Apple will begin manufacturing the 15-inch MacBook Pro with double the memory allotment of current top-of-the-line models in the fourth quarter of the year....

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09:54
Shielding on updated LG UltraFine 5K Thunderbolt 3...




The shielding applied to LG's UltraFine 5K display is effective in eliminating the radio frequency interference problem induced by Wi-Fi routers, as well as other high-power transmitters like cellular towers "blocking" the same frequency, according to AppleInsider examinations.

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09:45
Twitter finally moves to ban serial harassers

Every few months, it seems like Twitter execs swear that the company will do a better job at shutting down abusive trolls. And yet, hate and harassment continue to plague the platform, making it impossible for some high-profile users to remain active. This week, Twitter is making three changes to ramp up its efforts, and they might actually make a huge difference.

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09:44
‘Woz’ to share ‘Untold Stories of Apple’

Steve (“Woz”) Wozniak, co-founder of Apple and Silicon Valley idol, will be speaking at the Startup World Cup Grand Finale in San Francisco on March 24 at the Marriott Marquis. Startup World Cup is a global conference and competition organized by Fenox Venture Capital to bridge startup ecosystems worldwide.

Wozniak will share insights on his time at Apple and tell some untold stories. In 1976, Woz co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs,...

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09:44
Email Privacy Act has another run at becoming law

If the definition of madness is doing the same thing and expecting different results, someone should check in on the Email Privacy Act. The bill is taking its third run at becoming law after failing to pass the house in 2013 and the senate in 2016. R...

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09:35
Popular YouTubers can finally get their mobile...

Mobile livestreaming is the video trend of the moment, and the two biggest players are Facebook Live and Twitter’s Periscope. But at long last, a third is entering the game: YouTube.

Google’s ubiquitous video-sharing app has supported live streaming since last summer, but it was only available to a hand-picked group of five partners, The Young Turks, AIB, Platica Polinesia, SacconeJolys, and Alex Wassabi. Now, it will be much more widespread, with Google opening the feature to anyone with more than 10,000 subscribers, which will bring it to “hundreds of thousands” of additional content creators, according to a Google blog post.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Logitech Bluetooth Keyboard $...

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09:21
Watch the first trailer for Marvel's 'Iron...

With Marvel's Iron Fist hitting Netflix on March 17th, it's about time we've got a full look at the series. The series' first full trailer quickly introduces you to Danny Rand (Finn Jones), who returns to New York City after being away for 15 years....

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09:16
References to possible 2017 MacBook Pro with Intel...




Examination of the beta code for macOS Sierra 10.12.4 has revealed a trio of Kaby Lake processors referenced, which has pointed to specific processor substitutions for a possible MacBook Pro refresh using Intel's new processor line.

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09:09
BeatsX wireless headphones arrive this Friday

After being announced alongside the iPhone 7 last September, Apple subsidiary Beats will finally have the $149.95 BeatsX wireless headphones available for purchase in the USA this Friday, February 10. 

The BeatsX headphones have been highly anticipated, as they not only use the W1 chip found in Apple's own AirPods, but also use in-ear earbuds rather than the "EarPod-like" design of the AirPods. Those who use headphones while exercising may also find that the design of the BeatsX headphones, which use a cable to connect the two earbuds, are less prone to falling out or being lost than the AirPods.

At launch, black and white colors will be available, with blue and grey versions arriving later. The W1 chip enables simple pairing of the headphones with Apple devices, shares pairing information via iCloud, and provides longer range wireless connections that standard Bluetooth...

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09:06
6 essential settings to make your iPhone and iPad...

As I get older and my eyesight gets worse, I use some of these tips. They’re not just for the visually disabled – they’re for us “old folks” too.

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09:01
YouTube debuts iPhone livestreams for people with...




Google's YouTube on Tuesday launched live streaming via its iPhone and iPad app, bringing the feature out of beta as it attempts to compete with similar streaming options available from Facebook and Twitter.

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09:00
Moment announces new battery-powered Photo Case, and...

The team behind Moment has announced a new Kickstarter campaign today to help launch three new products. Moment has a long history of using Kickstarter to fund their projects going back to 2014 when they launched their original lenses, and then eventually their Moment Case in 2015. Today’s new campaign includes an update to their now classic lens alongside two new cases for iPhone users.

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09:00
How indie game 'TumbleSeed' made it to the...

Greg Wohlwend is an accomplished independent game designer and artist whose résumé includes critically acclaimed mobile titles Threes, Ridiculous Fishing and Puzzlejuice. His games tend to be whimsical and playful, and his latest projec...

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08:58
Twitter says it’s cracking down on abuse (again)

USAToday:

Stung by criticism that Twitter has allowed harassment and abuse to spread unchecked and under growing pressure from Wall Street to deliver growth, CEO Jack Dorsey has pledged “a completely new approach to abuse.” Twitter’s vice president of engineering Ed Ho said last week the company will keep working on combating abuse “until we’ve made a significant impact that people can feel.”

The pledges have been met with skepticism from critics. Twitter is out to prove that it’s taking safety on the platform seriously with a new set of updates that begin rolling out Tuesday. The changes will give users more control over what they see on the social media service, Twitter says.

The “again” part of the headline is key. Twitter has let this problem go on far too long and has done far too little to combat it. We’ll see if these new measures actually do

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08:41
The delayed BeatsX wireless earbuds arrive February...

If you've been waiting to get your hands on a pair of BeatsX wireless earbuds, you're in luck. Today, Beats revealed on Twitter that the delayed model will arrive this Friday (February 10th). What's more, in addition to the black and white color opti...

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08:33
iPhone camera maker Sony introduces new optics...




Sony, a supplier of camera modules used by Apple, has unveiled a new image sensor for smartphones that has its own onboard DRAM, allowing it to capture HD video at far higher frame rates than current generation smartphones are capable of filming.

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