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Friday April 14

14:21
'Nex Machina' will show you exactly how...

Finnish developer Housemarque's ode to Robotron: 2084, Nex Machina is out for PC and PlayStation 4 this summer. And while we debuted it in December, details for the frantic arcade shooter have been relatively scarce since. But that's slowly changing....

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13:31
This experimental e-book gets edited every time it...

A Universe Explodes is an unusual e-book in a variety of ways. Best viewed on a mobile device, it's about 20 pages long and has 128 words per page. Only 100 people "own" the original version, though the book itself is free and can be read by anyone a...

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13:06
Live your Kamehameha-blasting dream with '...

Somewhere high on the list of childhood fantasies is the dream to hurl balls of energy from your hands. Capcom knows this urge, which is why they stuck a Hadoken-throwing simulator in their Ultra Street Fighter II Nintendo Switch port. But the king o...

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12:50
Apple received a permit to test self-driving cars in...

It seems like Apple has not yet hit the brakes on its self-driving car.

As of Friday, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles now lists Apple as one of the companies with a permit to legally test self-driving cars in the state. This means that Apple’s self-driving initiative, codenamed Project Titan, is back on track.

California requires all companies with autonomous vehicles to register before hitting the road. Other tech companies like Google and Uber, alongside car manufacturers like Tesla and BMW, have also received permits to test their self-driving technology on public roads. Uber’s permit was recently secured in March, but the company had been conducting rogue trials for a while.

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12:41
Of course there's a 'Candy Crush'...

The Candy Crush craze continues to reach new heights. Just when you thought a TV show based on the popular game was more than you could handle, well, that's not the only thing happening in time for summer. King, the app's developer, has teamed up wit...

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12:23
djay Pro: Making everyone a DJ. Anywhere. Any time....

Thanks to djay Pro for sponsoring The Loop this week.

djay Pro, Algoriddim’s award-winning DJ application, is available for macOS, iOS, and Android. Now it’s also on Windows 10, bridging a native desktop and touch experience across every platform and fulfilling our mission of making everyone a DJ. Anywhere. Any time. Any platform.

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12:20
Is Apple self-driving car software coming? DMV...

Apple wants to get on those California roads. (credit: nrg_crisis (off and on))

On Friday, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) updated its website to reflect that Apple now has a permit to test self-driving cars on public roads.

Apple has been hiring automotive experts—particularly those with experience in autonomous driving—for years. (In 2015, Tesla CEO Elon Musk...

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12:16
Trump administration is killing its open data portal

Reversing yet another Obama-era practice, the Trump administration announced on Friday that it will not only be keeping its visitor logs secret for five years after Trump leaves office, but will be shuttering the Open.gov portal. This is where the pr...

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12:14
Apple considers bid for stake in Toshiba chip...

Apple Inc is considering teaming up with its supplier Foxconn to bid for Toshiba Corp’s semiconductor business, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported on Friday – the latest twist in the sale of the world’s second-biggest flash memory chipmaker.

Makes perfect sense. Guess who the largest chipmaker is? Samsung.

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11:59
Unlock YouTube's hidden Dark Mode to save your...

If you've ever tried to watch YouTube when it's dark out, you know that the typical bright white of the video service's page can be a bit blinding. Enter "Dark Mode," a hidden feature that turns the light surfaces black or dark gray so you can get on...

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11:34
Sprint and The Onion have a video series no one...

Seeing the former Verizon pitch man (who's named Paul) shilling for Sprint was a bit weird. Sprint seems to know this and has capitalized on it with a partnership with The Onion's creative services team, Onion Labs. Together they produced a series of...

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11:30
The Week in iOS Apps: Is The Best Photo App the best...

A bold name, and a bold claim

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup includes a photo app with the most audacious app name ever. Plus: Scooby Doo, where are you?

The Best Photo App

Image by Best Photo App

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11:08
Next 'Layton' game is coming to Android...

Last we knew, the new Professor Layton game's differences from prior releases were relegated to its protagonist and the absence of its original puzzle designer. Now word is out that Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire's Conspiracy...

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11:06
Indie gaming hit Fez coming to Apple's iOS...




Popular indie game Fez is coming to mobile platforms later in 2017 -- including at least Apple's iOS, developer Polytron revealed this week.

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11:01
It's Official: Apple is Testing Self-Driving...

Apple has been granted a license for testing autonomous vehicles in California, marking the formal launch of its race with the likes of Uber, Alphabet and Tesla to define the future of driverless transportation. The permit was revealed with Apple's appearance on the list of approved companies on the California automotive regulator's website on Friday morning. From a report: This suggests Apple's ambitions in the auto industry are alive, despite some reported upheaval in the project, code-named "Project Titan." Reports last year centered on changing leadership and shifting focus within the project, which is under the command of veteran Apple executive Bob Mansfield. Still, as Apple looks for its next major growth driver after the iPhone -- and as cars increasingly become computers -- it's easy to see why the company would be interested.

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10:49
9to5Rewards: Anker’s PowerCore 2200 battery case for...

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is Anker and its newest iPhone 7 battery case. 

The company has its new PowerCore Case 2200 for iPhone 7 (pictured above), which includes a 2200mAh battery in a super sleek design to give away to 9to5Mac readers this week. 

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10:43
Komodo Dragons may hold the key to fighting...

Komodo Dragon blood could save your life. Curious scientists -- are there any other kind? -- recently identified a peptide in the Dragon plasma that might serve as an antibiotic. Now, a bite from a Komodo Dragon is lethal not from venom, but from bac...

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10:31
Hands on with the best AirPods accessories

Now that AirPods have been on the market for a few months (although they’re amazingly still six weeks out on Apple’s website for new orders), there are a lot of accessories to choose from. Let’s take a look at some of the best products to enhance, protect, and prevent the loss of your AirPods.

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10:22
Alphabet's Verily details its research-focused...

Google has made a smartwatch, but not the kind you might expect. Verily, the health organisation owned by Google parent company Alphabet, has (finally) announced its 'Study Watch' for medical research purposes. It doesn't run Android Wear, nor does i...

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10:17
Apple Car rumors revive as Apple applies to test...

Let the Apple Car rumors rise like the phoenix from the ashes. Apple has received a permit to test autonomous cars in California, “the first official confirmation that the maker of the iPhone sees the century-old automobile as a product that's ripe for reinvention and a reflection of its need to tap new markets to sustain its growth,” according to Business Insider

The California DMV updated its website on Friday, adding Apple to 29 other companies testing self-driving vehicles in the state, including Tesla and Google. This is “confirmation that Apple continues to work on a self-driving car, which the company has not previously discussed in public or confirmed beyond an advisory letter to the NHTSA in December,” says Business Insider...

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10:05
Google’s Family Link app now lets you monitor your...

After launching last month for Android users, Google’s new Family Link app today arrives on iOS. The app is aimed at parents, allowing them to monitor things like screen time and apps downloaded from Google Play, as well as setting restrictions for Android devices their kids are using (via TechCrunch).

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10:03
Wouldn’t it be nice if Mac error messages actually...

This has been an eternal frustration for Mac users, more so for those of us who used the OS before OS X when these error messages seemed even more frequent. They’ve always been frustratingly opaque.

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10:00
'Tinder for BFFs' app makes more sense...

For most of my adult life, I've had trouble making friends. As a shy, introverted person, I don't go out often, and when I do, it's hard for me to talk to people. What do I say? How do I jump into conversations? After many failed attempts, I became i...

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09:50
Apple wins California DMV permit for testing self-...




The California Department of Motor Vehicles on Friday added Apple to the list of companies with permission to test self-driving vehicles in the state, suggesting that the company is pushing through with work on "Project Titan."

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09:43
Apple has an official permit to test self-driving...

As usual, the media jumps to conclusions. Apple might be testing autonomous cars but I believe it’s more likely testing autonomous car systems for inclusion into other manufacturer’s vehicles.

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09:43
Bose goes premium with its outdoor-ready Revolve...

You might see Bluetooth speakers as a commodity item, but Bose is having none of that with its premium, pricey SoundLink Revolve and Revolve Plus models. Much like the Vizio Cast, they output music from 360 degrees, so they sound the same to anyone i...

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09:39
Apple shares three special Shot on iPhone ads to...

I love seeing these ads Apple creates for other countries. I can’t wait to see the ones they produce for my native Canadian language.

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09:34
NHL adding iPads on benches for playoffs

NHL coaches have been given more technology on the bench in time for the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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09:32
∞ “Cassini’s Grand Finale”

I bet you’ve never felt this wistful about a space probe before.

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09:31
Deals: $240 off Radeon 460 15" MacBook Pros; 13...




Heading into the weekend, readers can save $240 on upgraded 15" MacBook Pros with Radeon 460 graphics and no tax outside NY and NJ. Or save $150 on Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in Space Gray. Beats Solo2 wired headphones are also $50 to $60 off instantly with prices starting at $139.99.

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09:31
W1 Beats Deals: Solo3 Wireless for $160 ($140 off);...




Amazon this week is slashing prices on popular Beats headphones equipped with Apple's W1 chip by up to $140. Pick up a pair of Solo3 Wireless headphones for $159.95 or save $20 on BeatsX earphones. Powerbeats3 Wireless Class 1 Bluetooth earphones are also $129.99, a discount of $70 off.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Withings Activité Smartwatch $...

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Withings Activité Steel Smartwatch for...

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09:29
Report: Apple officially testing self-driving cars...

Apple’s car project has gone quiet over the last few months after frequent reports detailed the company’s efforts to develop an electric vehicle. Now there’s a new development via Business Insider: Apple has registered with the state of California to test self-driving vehicles.

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08:50
How to print to PDF on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Print to PDF is an easy way to preserve the information and layout of what you are currently viewing, saving a 1:1 digital copy of the documents and websites you use everyday. You don’t actually print anything, but the idea is that an exact replica of what would have appeared on paper, if you had sent a job to a real printer, is instead stored as a PDF file.

A big advantage of Print to PDF, or Save to PDF as it is often known, is that it is available in a lot of apps by default. Apps don’t have to support PDF output, they just have to support the normal printing features. This means Save to PDF is widely available across many iOS apps, and even more Mac apps.

The concept of Print to PDF began on the desktop and macOS exposes the feature relatively prominently. On iOS, the feature is harder to find. There isn’t an obvious button in the interface for it, but the capability is there — if a little hidden. Read on for step-by-step instructions to print to PDF on Mac,...

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08:49
Actress says credit for Siri's personality...




The attitude displayed by Apple's Siri assistant can really be attributed to programmers, not voice work, according to the actress responsible for Siri's U.S. female voice, Susan Bennett.

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08:48
Happy Hour Podcast 115 | Leaked iPhone 8 schematics...

This week Benjamin and Zac put the latest iPhone 8 leaks and rumors in context including an alleged leaked schematic, Touch ID potentially moving to the back, more thoughts on Clips after one week, Apple’s new Podcasts directory name, and Apple’s internal Apple Watch challenge. 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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08:30
Renogy Phoenix packs portable power into a briefcase

Renogy Phoenix

Whether you're planning on spending a lot of time outdoors this summer or want to be prepared for emergencies, a new solar generator briefcase from Renogy called the Phoenix (US$574.99) can provide plenty of clean energy. 

The Phoenix packs 16Ah of power storage into a waterproof case outfitted with two 10 watt solar panels. What can you do with 16Ah? How about recharging an iPhone 6s 32 times? Or giving a GoPro camera 47 full charges? 

Unlike most portable external batteries, the Phoenix also comes with a built-in inverter capable of turning that power into 110V AC so you can plug in almost any small appliance or laptop. In fact, the Phoenix has a regular 110V grounded outlet, a 12V "cigarette lighter" output, 4 USB ports, and 2 12V DC ports. 

The specs say that the Phoenix with its two solar panels can be recharged in just 6 hours by placing it in direct...

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08:15
Apple Turkey airs three new 'Shot on iPhone...




Apple has aired three new commercials in Turkey as part of the country's Children's Day celebrations, with the trio of regional spots continuing the 'Shot on iPhone' campaign filmed by 11-year-old children.

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08:15
Nubrella is a hands-free umbrella that can keep your...

As a much of a gadget geek as anyone but this is utterly ridiculous. It may not flip inside out until 41mph but, among other things, you just put a sail over your head, jerking you around like a rag doll. Not conducive to steady shooting.

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08:13
Getting Your Devices and Data Over the U.S. Border

Planning ahead (and knowing your rights) can make all the difference if you want to cross into the U.S. without opening your entire digital life to U.S. authorities.

 

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07:31
External Link: Undercover in a Chinese iPhone Factory

How’s this for a summer project? NYU grad student Dejian Zeng spent six weeks last summer working in an iPhone factory near Shanghai, China. Zeng agreed to an interview with Business Insider’s Kif Leswing to describe his experience. There have been horror stories about conditions inside Chinese iPhone contract manufacturing factories, but outside of dorm life and the temporary nature of the work, Zeng’s experience will sound pretty familiar to anyone acquainted with American factory work.

 

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07:00
Photolemur 2 arrives April 18: Check out our video...

Last October we were amazed by a Mac app called Photolemur. To quote the Photolemur development team, "The software is powered by a self-learning AI image processing technology and instantly enhances photos based on its previous “experience”. Photolemur does almost everything by itself, the users only need to load the photos and save the best images afterwards." Now, the app has been optimized and runs much faster than before, the image enhancements are (in my opinion) better, and even the user interface has been streamlined. Let's take a look at what's new in Photolemur 2 ($2.99/month subscription during the first 30...

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07:00
Apple May Invest Billions of Dollars In Toshiba...

Toshiba shares recovered after Japan's national broadcaster reported that Apple is considering an investment of several billion dollars in its semiconductor unit, raising the prospect that the struggling electronics conglomerate will get a much-needed cash infusion. From a report: Toshiba has put its memory chips business up for sale to make up for a writedown of 716.6 billion yen ($6.56 billion) in its U.S. nuclear equipment operations. One option being considered is an investment accompanied by Toshiba holding shares, so that a majority of the semiconductor unit will be held by U.S. and Japanese interests, satisfying the respective governments, NHK said.


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06:41
Amazon allowing Alexa software, far-field microphone...




Amazon's core hardware and software technologies that it uses in its Alexa voice recognition products are available for use for free by hardware manufacturers -- but not to everyone.

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06:41
The new CIA head hates WikiLeaks (when convenient)

The new director of the CIA has come out swinging against WikiLeaks, calling the organization a "hostile intelligence service." In his first public speech, Mike Pompeo called Julian Assange a "narcissist who has created nothing of value," adding that...

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06:37
‘House of Strombo’ coming to Apple Music

George Stroumboulopoulos, Canada’s top music interviewer and known in Canada as “Strombo,” has signed on with Apple Music to bring his "House of Strombo" concert series to the streaming service, via YouTube. The shows are filmed at his downtown Toronto home in front of a live audience, “crammed into his living room,” reports Billboard.

Pictured is George Stroumboulopoulos and Zane Lowe, courtesy of “Billboard.”

The 10-part series, co-produced by Anonymous Content and Son House Productions will feature "a combination of international legends with young and upcoming artists across a variety of music genres.” It will include "exclusive video features, band interviews and behind-the-scenes access only on Apple Music.” 

The first episode features Canadian First Nations DJ group A Tribe Called Red but...

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06:28
Susan Bennett reveals more about the process of...

Susan Bennett has told the story before of how she became the voice of Siri without realizing it – at the time, she thought she was making the recordings for an automated switchboard system. In fact, she didn’t even find out she had become Siri until a friend played with an iPhone and recognized her voice.

But in a new interview with Typeform, she has revealed more about how the process worked, including speaking nonsense phrases …

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06:18
Facebook buys newspaper space to combat fake news

Facebook has splashed out on a bevy of full-page newspaper ads explaining how readers can better identify fake news. As Bloomberg reports, the marketing materials appeared in Bild, Sueddeutsche Zeitung and Die Welt -- among other dailies in Germany -...

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06:12
'House of Strombo' concerts coming to...




Canadian TV host George Stroumboulopoulos has forged a deal which will see his "House of Strombo" concerts come to Apple Music, broadcast in a 10-part series.

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06:06
Screen mirroring from Mac to Chromecast now...

The folks at AirBeamTV have released the Mirror for Chromecast app on the Mac App Store and on their website. Screen mirroring (sometimes called screen casting) allows you to see the screen of your Mac, or any external display connected to your Mac, on your TV. 

The Mirror for Chromecast app works on Chromecast 1 and 2 devices and the new Chromecast Ultra. Because the connection between the Mac and the TV is based on Google Cast technology, the Mirror for Chromecast app also works on Smart TVs based on the Android TV operating system, such as the latest models from Sony and Philips, says Jan van Ottele, co-founder and CEO of AirBeamTV. Whatever you can play on your Mac, can also play on your Chromecast, he adds.

Mirror for Chromecast costs $9.99. A demo is available at the AirBeam TV website.

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06:00
ICYMI: The story of Microsoft's Solitaire and...

Way back in 1988, Wes Cherry was a Microsoft intern and during his time at the company he created the biggest time waster the world has ever known: The Solitaire computer game. Cherry built the game out of boredom instead of being directed by his...

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06:00
Last Chance Deal: Get a lifetime license to...

Scanning paper documents to PDF files has literally become a snap with many iOS apps able to convert photos of bills, receipts and other paperwork to Adobe's Portable Document Format. But what if you need to search for specific information contained in those documents or edit them? That's where Optical Character Recognition (OCR) comes into play, translating PDF files into editable documents. One of the best OCR tools for Mac is Cisdem's PDFConverterOCR 4, and today only we're offering a lifetime license to this app for just $19.99. 

PDFConverterOCR converts your PDF files into almost any file format, retaining their original layouts. It works in 49 different languages, too!

  • Convert native & scanned PDFs to...
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06:00
A Good Snowman is Hard to Build charmingly lives up...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

We’ve all been inundated with the query since Frozen came out a few years back, but yes: in fact, I do want to build a snowman. And there’s an iPhone and iPad game that lets me do it all year ‘round without the need for heavy gloves and a coat.

A Good Snowman is Hard to Build debuted early in 2015 on Mac, launching with an inventive promotion that tied the daily price to the current temperature in London. The iOS version didn’t launch...

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05:56
Synology introduces DiskStation DS1517+, DS1817+,...

Synology Inc. has launched the DiskStation DS1517+ (pictured) and DS1817+,  together with the Expansion Unit DX517. The scalable 5-bay and 8-bay tower servers offer a network-attached storage (NAS) solution for tech enthusiasts and small/medium-sized businesses.

The DS1517+ and DS1817+ include a PCIe slot, which allows users to install an optional 10GbE network interface card or Synology’s new M2D17 M.2 SATA SSD adapter. In addition, the DS1517+ and DS1817+ both come in 2GB and 8GB memory configurations, which can be upgraded to 16GB thanks to the accessible memory compartment.

Installing an additional network interface card allows enthusiasts and businesses to take advantage of up to two 10GbE ports to boost maximum throughput. When combined with the Intel Atom quad-core 2.4GHz processor and equipped with optional dual channel memory, DS1517+ and DS1817+ can deliver sequential throughput performance up to 1,179 MB...

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05:50
Apple shares three special Shot on iPhone ads to...

Apple has posted three new Shot on iPhone ads to its Apple Turkey YouTube channel. The fifteen-second spots are special in that all three videos have been taken by 11-year old children using an iPhone 7. The clips include quirky uses of perspective and slow-mo to create some clever sequences.

Apple is posting the videos to celebrate a national holiday in Turkey that takes place on April 23, called National Sovereignty and Children’s Day. Watch the three ads after the jump …

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05:48
Rumor: Apple could invest ‘several billion bucks’ in...

The “will they or won’t they” speculation continues. Toshiba is spinning-off its core memory chip business and seeking outside investors in it. Apple is considering investing several billion dollars in a bid that would give it and partner investor Foxconn a more than 20% stake in the business, Reuters — citing a report from Japan's national broadcaster — says Apple is deciding whether to take a decreased stake in the embattled Toshiba chip unit to skirt governmental regulations limiting the transfer of Japanese technology to outside companies. 

The tech giant could have the edge to win the business, which would allow it to lock in memory technology for its iPhone and other products, Chris DeMuth Jr. writes for...

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05:28
AppleInsider podcast talks 'iPhone 8,'...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about the 'iPhone 8' and rumored mechanical designs, healthcare and the Apple Watch, and the MacBook Pro falling out of favor with Laptop Magazine.

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05:19
These are the six companies that depend on Apple for...

Update: The WSJ reports that Apple is withholding licensing fees from Qualcomm pending resolution of the legal dispute between the two companies. A source estimates that Apple accounts for around 12% of the company’s total revenue. Qualcomm’s share price is down 19% so far this year.

We saw recently the impact on the share price of Imagination Technologies when Apple announced that it expected to stop using the company’s GPU tech within two years. The stock plummeted by 70%, reducing its market valuation by hundred of millions of dollars.

Not surprising when it turns out that royalty payments from Apple on the company’s...

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05:15
T-Mobile snags $8 billion of wireless network...

It never hurts to prepare for the future.

T-Mobile recently won an FCC wireless auction for a portion of the wireless airwave spectrum, thereby spending $8 billion to expand its network. The carrier acquired over 1,500 wireless licenses in the 600MHz range. Signals within the 600MHz can travel longer distance and are generally considered high quality—the kind of high quality that would put T-Mobile on par with AT&T and Verizon.

Right now, the 600MHz spectrum is used by television broadcasters, and it won’t clear until early 2020 or so. The company says some of its new spectrum will be usable though, by T-Mobile as well as its subsidiary MetroPCS.

As present, current smartphones aren’t capable of operating on 600 MHz frequencies, though this is expected to change. Qualcomm is presently working on chips capable of this function.

Another arrival in the 2020s will be the expansion of wireless networks to 5G speeds. This means that T-Mobile will catch...

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05:00
Some users report of “popping sound”, possible...

This may not be the happiest news in the world, but if you’re experiencing a “popping sound” issue with your 2016 MacBook Pro, you’re not alone. A growing number of users are reporting that they hear a strange “popping” noise coming from their MacBook Pro.

Users explain that the sound is a popping similar to that of when you “slowly squeeze a plastic bottle.” While some users explain that there doesn’t appear to be a rhyme or reason as to when the popping sound occurs, other say that it seems to happen during more intensive tasks like gaming and video streaming, especially when the MacBook Pro’s fans start to kick in.

Some users have speculated that the issue relates to the ingest on the notebook where heat has caused some glue or plastic mount to lose some of its sturdiness. The issue seems to be more prevalent among 15-inch MacBook Pro users, which makes sense considering the heavier screen panel of the device.

One user offered the following:

I...

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05:00
Google Spins VR Experiences on the Web


Google on Thursday announced compatibility of its WebVR on Chrome with its low-cost Google Cardboard virtual reality system. It also launched WebVR Experiments, an online showcase for virtuality reality content in development. WebVR became available on Daydream-ready phones earlier this year. The newly launched WebVR Experiments are essentially proof-of-concept offerings -- from simple VR games such as Konterball, a ping pong game, to The Musical Forest, which lets users around the world tap or click on objects to make sounds.

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04:31
Microsoft hammered by surveillance requests in 2016

US authorities must have spent more time at Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court last year than in 2015. According to Microsoft's latest transparency report, the tech titan received 1,000 to 1,499 surveillance requests for foreign intelligence pur...

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04:09
Apple seeking ‘more than 20%’ stake in Toshiba’s...

Following earlier confusion about whether Apple or Foxconn was bidding for a stake in Toshiba’s chip-making division, it appears that the answer could be ‘both.’ Reuters cites a report by public broadcaster NHK that Apple would be making its own bid alongside the existing Foxconn one.

Apple is considering teaming up with its supplier Foxconn to bid for Toshiba’s semiconductor business, public broadcaster NHK said on Friday […] Apple is considering investing at least several billion dollars to take a stake of more than 20 percent....

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03:00
The Morning After: Friday, April 14th 2017

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

This Friday, we're saying an unexpected goodbye to the NES Classic Edition and preparing for the Model 3's big reveal in July. Oh, and scientists took a picture of a black hole -- you just can't look at it yet.

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01:31
New York City's free WiFi kiosks speed up...

When New York City launched its LinkNYC gigabit free WiFi program last year, it was a win for internet accessibility. With over 800 devices currently spread across New York City, the kiosks provide municipal broadband for anyone in WiFi range, as wel...

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01:25
Apple considers investing 'several billion...




According to the latest industry whispers surrounding the sale Toshiba's semiconductor unit, Apple is considering investing several billion dollars in a bid that would give it and partner investor Foxconn a more than 20 percent stake in the business.

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00:02
Survey says: Political polarization isn't the...

It's easy to blame social media for the rising political polarization in the US when you can use it to hide in a bubble of your own creation. Simply block people who don't share your viewpoint on Facebook and Twitter, and follow, Like and heart only...

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Thursday April 13

22:31
Skype's 'all-new' Windows 10 app...

Although Microsoft isn't promoting its Xbox One camera add-on nearly as much these days (and using one on new systems requires an adapter just to plug it in), it has acknowledged the Kinect with a new version of Skype for the console. This "all new"...

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21:01
Easter weekend at Apple World Today

The staff of Apple World Today would like to extend holiday greetings to our readers. Tomorrow is Good Friday, Easter is on Sunday, and our Jewish friends are right in the middle of Passover. During the next three days (April 14 - 16) we will be running on a holiday schedule with fewer planned posts, and we invite you to spend more time with your families.

We'll be back to a full schedule on Monday, April 17. 

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20:53
Apple said to be targeting a stake in Toshiba's...

Apple is the latest company to be linked with a possible bid for an investment in Toshiba’s sizable computer memory business, which is up for sale.

The company is prepared to make a direct investment of several billion dollars in Toshiba Memory for a stake of “several tens” of percent, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported in its lunchtime news. 

The report said Apple is also considering a joint bid with Foxconn Technology, which manufactures the iPhone. Toshiba is a major supplier of components for the iPhone.

Apple could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Apple Has a Secret Team Working On Non-Invasive...

schwit1 quotes a report from CNBC: Apple has hired a small team of biomedical engineers to work at a nondescript office in Palo Alto, miles from corporate headquarters. They are part of a super secret initiative, initially envisioned by the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, to develop sensors that can non-invasively and continuously monitor blood sugar levels to better treat diabetes, according to three people familiar with the matter. Such a breakthrough would be a "holy grail" for life sciences. Many life sciences companies have tried and failed, as it's highly challenging to track glucose levels accurately without piercing the skin. The initiative is far enough along that Apple has been conducting feasibility trials at clinical sites across the Bay Area and has hired consultants to help it figure out the regulatory pathways, the people said. schwit1 adds: "From a business aspect, the most interesting part of this venture might be how Apple combines its penchant for secrecy with...

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20:27
Google has taught an AI to doodle

Hot on the heels of the company's art and music generation program, Project Magenta, a pair of Google researchers have taught a neural network to sketch simple drawings all on its own.

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19:28
Saturn and Jupiter's moon burps bode well for...

Scientists recently took a closer look at data over a decade old and concluded that two moons orbiting Saturn and Jupiter might have environments that foster life. During an October 2015 flyby of the ringed planet's moon Enceladus, the probe Cassini...

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The time for Uber leadership to step down is long...

It seems like hardly a week goes by without Uber fending off bad press. If it isn't sexual harassment stories or driver disputes, it's self-driving car accidents and reports of sleazy business practices. The situation has gotten so bad that employees...

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Apple Park tree quota leaves local contractors...




Apple's plans to plant 9,000 trees at its forthcoming Apple Park headquarters is putting pressure on the local market, forcing contractors working on other San Francisco projects to source trees from nearby states.

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18:09
PDFpen 9 Improves Markup, Tables of Contents, and...

Smile has released version 9 of its PDF utilities, PDFpen and PDFpenPro, featuring enhanced annotation handling, a new search-and-highlight capability, linked files, and more.

 

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17:59
Nintendo's fastest-selling console ever couldn...

Nintendo has been proclaiming that the Switch is its fastest-selling console ever since the system launched, but now it has numbers to back that up. Based on NPD reports, it says the Switch sold 906,000 units in the US in March. What's surprising, ho...

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17:26
NHL partners with Apple to provide iPad Pros &...

Just in time for the 2017 playoffs, the NHL has partnered with Apple to supply coaches with iPad Pros. According to an AP report, NHL coaches are being given three iPad Pros for their bench, while arenas have also been outfitted with additional iPads and Macs…

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17:17
Nintendo discontinues the NES Classic Edition

“NES Classic Edition wasn’t intended to be an ongoing, long-term product. However, due to high demand, we did add extra shipments to our original plans.” The company has no plans to produce more NES Classic systems for North America. This announcement includes the discontinuation of the NES Classic Controller. As for third party accessories, Nintendo said the decision whether or not to continue production of accessories will be up to each individual manufacturer.

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17:14
Future Apple Watch could help treat diabetes with...

Apple is secretly working on a breakthrough for diabetes patients—something Steve Jobs originally set out to do.

According to CNBC, Apple has hired a small team of biomedical engineers to develop sensors that can continuously monitor blood sugar levels without breaking the skin. If Apple’s team is successful, such technology would be implemented in future models of the Apple Watch.

Furthermore, the report claims that Apple has been secretly working on this initiative for at least five years. The company is currently conducting feasibility trials in clinics near Cupertino. Apple has also reportedly been in conversations with consultants to figure out “regulatory pathways.”

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16:40
Uber accused of ignoring drunk driver complaints in...

In the latest string of bad PR for Uber, the company could be facing down yet another fine from regulators in the state of California, this time for allegedly failing to look into rider complaints of drivers on the service being under the influence....

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15:52
The FCC just sold a chunk of the wireless spectrum...

The results are in. After a year-long process, the Federal Communications Commission today announced the conclusion of its first-ever broadcast incentive auction, naming T-Mobile, Dish, Comcast and US Cellular as the biggest winners.

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15:47
iPhone sales down in China, but Apple App Store...

In the three-month period ending February 2017, iOS accounted for 13.2% of smartphone sales in urban China, a decline of 8.9 percentage points from 22.1% a year earlier. This marks iOS’ lowest share since the three-month period ending July 2014, reports Kantar Worldpanel.

That said, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus remained the top selling devices in the region, accounting for 8% of smartphone sales, says Lauren Guenveur, consumer insight director for the research group. By comparison, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus accounted for 14% of smartphone sales in the three months ending February 2016.

Android OS share in urban China in the three months ending February 2017 was greater than at any time in the previous year, accounting for 86.4% of smartphone sales compared to 77.1% in the same period one year earlier, notes Kantar. Android share also rose slightly in EU5 (Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain) from...

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15:36
New iPhone 8 report & renders claim in-screen...

Earlier today, leaked schematics depicted the possibility of the iPhone 8 featuring the Touch ID sensor on the back as Apple faces difficulty integrating it into the display. Now, however, an unverified report from iDropNews claims that Apple is testing two different prototypes: one with Touch ID on the front and another with the sensor on the back. The report also offers up a few additional details…

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15:34
Apple updates iMovie and Final Cut Pro X for macOS

Apple has updated iMovie and Final Cut Pro X for the Mac. Both are available at the Mac App Store.

The iMovie upgrade (version 10.1.5) is mainly a maintenance upgrade that fixes an issue which could add a red tint to video imported from some camcorders. It also addresses an issue which prevented some videos shot on iPhone from appearing in the import window and improves performance and stability. iMovie is Apple’s $14.99 videography tool for consumers.

Its prosumer sibling, Final Cut Pro X ($299.99), has been revved to version 10.3.3. It adds: the ability to expand the width of the Inspector to view and adjust effect parameters; faster redraw of audio waveforms when using clips that are being imported while recorded to disk; a Diamond icon in the Timeline Index to show when the user has modified display of roles in the timeline; more color options in the Role Editor; and several bug fixes and performance tweaks.

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Cadillac's CT6 Plug-In hybrid goes on sale in...

General Motors' Cadillac division starts sales this month of its $75,000 Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid. General Motors has started US sales of the Cadillac CT6 Plug-In after taking its first domestic deliveries of the China-produced sedan last month. T...

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14:46
The Wirecutter's best deals: Save on an Xbox...

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, they may earn affiliate commissions that support their work. Read their c...

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14:30
∞ Helix: Heavy Metal Love

I was listening to Apple Music’s Heavy Metal Radio the other day and this song came on. It had been years since I heard it, so I thought I’d share.

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14:30
AWT News Update: April 13, 2017

Friday the 13th is on a Thursday this month, so it's a lucky day for Apple news:

  • Apple is powering 96% of its facilities worldwide with renewable energy, and some suppliers sign on to make it 100% as soon as possible
  • Fitbit's planned smartwatch is not only delayed until fall, but it won't even have an App Store to start out with
  • iTunes Podcasts is now...Apple Podcasts
  • Workflow won't be getting any updates, and that's not surprising
  • NHL Teams are getting iPad Pros and Macs to help out during the Stanley Cup Playoffs

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14:14
Franc: Clothes for Real Life

Franc is founded by Brandy Mercredi, a veteran apparel designer, lifestyle blogger and mini basics designer at mini mioche. Brandy always felt style trumped fashion and found inspiration in the unique ways people were able to style a single item.

Brandy is a friend of mine, and while I know nothing about fashion, I know she took a big step starting this company and designing these clothes. Good luck Brandy!

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14:14
Google comes for Pinterest (and your dated sense of...

For years, Pinterest has been the go-to place for many people looking for fashion inspiration. Google wants to change that. That's why today it introduced a new feature called "style ideas" in the Google app for Android and mobile web.

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14:08
Apple makes updates to Final Cut Pro X & iMovie...




Apple on Thursday released updates to its main Mac video editing tools, Final Cut Pro X and iMovie, focusing the brunt of improvements on the former.

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13:58
Mac-themed Apple Watch charger: $10 on Amazon

If you buy only one Apple Watch charging stand, make it this one.

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13:50
TigerVPN protects your data and more w/ a $25...

VPN access has been in the news lately, given President Trump’s decision to overturn the highly controversial internet privacy law late last month that allows ISPs to sell your browsing history if they see fit.

There are a number of reasons to consider using a VPN for your personal devices at home and now is the time to make the jump if you haven’t already. Aside from encrypting your movements on the internet, it can also provide flexibility and the benefit of bypassing geography-based restrictions from popular services like Netflix or YouTube.

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13:48
How to file your taxes on time with iPhone or iPad

Taxes are due in the US this coming Tuesday, April 18. While that may sound like cause for alarm if you haven’t completed your taxes already, there are still some easy ways to get them done without filing late or filing for an extension. Follow along for the best apps to quickly and accurately file your taxes right from your iPhone or iPad.

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13:43
Russia blocks protest app for refusing to share data

Back in 2013 when messaging apps seemed to be cropping up every day, Zello's walkie-talkie audio dispatches seemed a novel addition to a crowded niche. We didn't anticipate that the app would become a hit with protesters in Ukraine, Turkey, Hong Kong...

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13:31
Final Cut Pro and iMovie for Mac updated with new...

Apple has released new updates for both Final Cut Pro and iMovie for macOS through the Mac App Store. iMovie version 10.1.5 for macOS includes a few bug fixes and improvements while Final Cut Pro’s update is a bit more detailed. Both Motion and Compressor have also received new improvement updates as well.

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13:30
Apple now China's largest Western software...




Geographic app store estimates spanning multiple companies and platforms suggest that Apple's App Store, buoyed by growth beyond just games, is the top individual seller by company in China, but not by platform.

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13:20
Dropbox document scanning comes to Android devices

Android Dropbox users now have the same ability as their iOS-using brethren: scanning documents right to their account with a mobile app. The company's Paper app -- a collaborative document workspace for Dropbox Business users -- also gets an offline...

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13:12
Apple Park consumed more by parking space than...




When it opens to workers later this month, Apple Park will reportedly offer nearly 3.5 million square feet of parking -- even more than the roughly 3.4 million square feet of offices people will actually work in.

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