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Sunday August 6

01:14
Apple's single sign-on feature gains nearly 440...




Apple's running list of providers offering support for single sign-on streaming authentication grew exponentially this week with the addition of 438 cable and satellite television companies, including firms offering services in Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Saturday August 5

22:56
Chicago police see less violent crime after using...

Law enforcement has been trying predictive policing software for a while now, but how well does it work when it's put to a tough test? Potentially very well, according to Chicago police. The city's 7th District police report that their use of predict...

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22:35
Hands on: LiquidText 3.0.11 changes how you annotate...




It's hard to go back to an more ordinary PDF annotator after using LiquidText, but it is not the ultimate PDF tool for the iPad.

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20:33
Harvard's tiny robotic arm can make endoscopic...

Minimally invasive surgery is already amazing as it is, but a team of Harvard scientists have created a device that expands its possible applications even further. They designed a tiny robotic arm that lays flat while the endoscope is moving through...

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19:02
Tesla fans reach a symbolic long-distance EV driving...

There's been a relentless quest to set electric car driving records in 2017, and a team of Italians just managed to smash a couple of those records in style. Tesla Owners Club Italia drove their Model S P100D 1,078km (669.8 miles) on one charge, set...

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17:28
Insurers increasingly use apps and drones instead of...

Hobbyists aren't the only ones using the phone and drone cameras to explore the world in new ways, as insurance companies are increasingly opting for "virtual" or "touchless" handling of claims. The Wall Street Journal cites the 2017 Future of Claims...

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16:52
More pictures of Apple's custom badge reader...




The general appearance for a door access system intended for use in Apple-controlled facilities has been revealed in a filing with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, with the custom badge reader shown to have striking and sleek design befitting the Apple Park corporate campus.

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16:50
Face ID on the iPhone 8 may work even when the...

Earlier today, developers uncovered the latest piece of information in the HomePod’s firmware: a potential upcoming Apple TV model with 4K support and more. Now, iHelp highlights yet another new iPhone 8 detail from the HomePod firmware, this time related to Face ID…

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16:00
Neil Young prepares a giant online archive for his...

Neil Young has come a long, long way since he dismissed streaming music services. The singer-songwriter has unveiled plans for a huge online archive of his work that, naturally, will tie into his streaming music service (Xstream Music). The focus is...

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15:47
Apple TV with 4K UHD, 10-bit HDR and Dolby Vision...




Apple's own firmware for the upcoming HomePod speaker has proven to be the gift that keeps on giving for enthusiasts, this time revealing that a next-generation Apple TV will boast support for 4K video, as well as high dynamic range in both 10-bit and Dolby Vision formats.

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15:00
4K AppleTV with Dolby Vision/HDR10 seemingly...

The Apple HomePod firmware is turning out to be the gift that keeps on giving. Today, developer Guilherme Rambo dug up the following strings inside seemingly confirming the upcoming HDR 4K AppleTV and some other details. more…

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14:27
Virgin Galactic conducts a 'dry run' for...

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo (official name VSS Unity) has just completed its sixth test glide. The reusable spaceplane still has between two to nine more staged glides to go before the aerospace company moves on to rocket-propelled tests. But this...

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13:34
How Apple Is Putting Voices In Users' Heads --...

schwit1 shared WIRED's report on "a life-changing technology." Steven Levy spoke with Mathias Bahnmueller as he tested a new Apple sound processor that beams digital audio directly into hearing aids.
Bahnmueller suffers from hearing loss so severe that a year ago he underwent surgery to install a cochlear implant -- an electronic device in the inner ear that replaces the usual hearing mechanism. Around a million patients have undergone this increasingly mainstream form of treatment, and that's just a fraction of those who could benefit from it. (Of the 360 million people worldwide with hearing loss, about 10 percent would qualify for the surgery.) "For those who reach a point where hearing aids no longer help, this is the only solution," says Allison Biever, an audiologist in Englewood, CO who works with implant patients. "It's like restoring a signal in a radio station."

Cochlear implants bypass the usual hearing process by embedding a device in the inner ear and...

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12:59
Google employee's anti-diversity screed enrages...

For all the talk of improving diversity in technology companies and getting employees to treat each other with respect, it's clear that there's still a long way to go. Motherboard has learned that a Google staffer infuriated many of his coworkers aft...

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11:31
Amazon relists Blu smartphones after 'false...

Blu's unlocked Android phones are back on Amazon after a "false alarm," the company told Engadget. The online retail titan pulled down all Blu models from its website a couple of days ago. It cited "security concerns" after security firm Kryptowire r...

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09:58
Tesla lowers the Model X's price now that it...

Tesla might have ditched the Model X's relatively affordable 60D trim, but that doesn't mean it's insensitive to your price concerns. Elon Musk's outfit has lopped $3,000 off the price of the base 75D model, bringing the entry point down to 'just' $...

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09:32
Here are 67 new emoji that could come to iOS next...

The Unicode Consortium this week has outlined 67 new emoji that are currently under consideration for inclusion in the Unicode 11 standard set for release next year. The new emoji are currently in draft status, meaning they could change or be cut before the pubic release next year…

more…

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09:18
Gruber’s conjecture regarding the iPhone D22 display...

Thanks to last week’s inadvertent release of an unredacted build of HomePod’s version of iOS, we know some things that we didn’t know before. One of those things is that the new edge-to-edge iPhone is codenamed D22, and that the OS explicitly supports an iPhone display with hardware resolution of 2436 × 1125 pixels.

I love these resolution articles that Gruber does.

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09:08
∞ Two new The Rock x Siri ads

I do like The Rock. These are are kind of fun.

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09:07
AirPods see slight improvement in shipping time from...

During Apple’s Q3 2017 earnings call this week, Tim Cook commented that the company was increasing its production capacity of AirPods to continue reducing ship times. Now, the shipping estimate for AirPods on Apple’s online store has fallen…

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08:59
Frowning poop and other proposed emojis

67 new emojis have been listed as “draft candidates” for inclusion in the 2018 emoji set, including softball, mango, salt shaker, and a variation of the much-loved pile of poo emoji.

I’ll admit, I laughed.

[Via MacRumors]

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08:30
Recommended Reading: Pro soccer players train with...

How Soccer Players
Are Getting Smarter
On the Field With
Brain-Training Video Games
Tom Taylor,
Sports Illustrated

Athletes are employing all kinds of tech during training to gain a competitive edge while tracking progress. Sports Illustrated tell...

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08:18
This week’s top stories: AAPL earnings, new iPhone 8...

In this week’s top stories: Firmware from Apple’s HomePod speaker offers a slew of iPhone 8 details, AAPL reports its earnings for a strong Q3 2017, and reports offer insight on the next-generation Apple Watch. Read on for all of this week’s news…   more…

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07:50
Apple may consider server worker tech for...

Apple is beginning to work with Google-backed technologies known collectively as service workers reports Fortune. A service worker is a script that your browser runs in the background, separate from a web page, opening the door to features that don't need a web page or user interaction. Today, they include features like push notifications and background sync. 

Apps built with Service Workers, called progressive web apps (PWAs), don’t require downloads. You just point your browser at a website, and you're in the app, which you can then add to your home screen for easier access. 

PWAs purportedly have advantages over native apps. They use service workers to fetch cached content, so they can function without a network connection, and to improve discoverability in search engines. 

 And they...

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07:34
Purported 'iPhone 8' production photo...




A new photo of the alleged "iPhone 8" engineering validation test codenamed "Ferrari" has been published on social media, with the image showing the locations of the charging coil, the stacked main board, and a void for where the L-shaped battery goes.

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06:59
Google adds Home speakers to its software preview...

Google is giving you a way to get updates for its Home speaker before other people do. All you have to do is volunteer to be part of its Preview Program, which was originally launched for Chromecast in 2016. If you sign up for the initiative, your de...

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06:12
Video shows pilot successfully using AirDrop 35,000...

Is it just me or does anyone else think this shouldn’t have worked? I can barely get AirDrop to work between my Mac and iPhone when they are two feet from each other.

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05:00
External Link: AT&T and Verizon Getting Slower...

According to a report by OpenSignal, 4G LTE download speeds have gotten slower in the months since Verizon and AT&T have brought back unlimited data plans. Between OpenSignal’s February 2017 and August 2017 reports, AT&T’s average speed fell 6.8 percent while Verizon’s fell a whopping 11.7 percent. OpenSignal doesn’t indicate anything nefarious here, only that increased demand is slowing down those networks. Interestingly, Sprint and T-Mobile, which have offered unlimited data for years, both saw an increase in speeds: 8.6 percent for Sprint and 4.8 percent for T-Mobile.

 

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05:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend. We have a new most-played YouTube champ and an important PSA for Game of Thrones fans.

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04:04
The hottest Apple-related news for the week of July...

There’s a lot happening in the world of Apple news this week. Following are the hottest articles for the week of July 30-August 4.

China's crackdown on the Internet is continuing with news that Apple was forced to remove all major VPN (Virtual Private Networks) apps from its local App store, which helps users overcome the country's "Great Firewall.”

Apple says the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has certified approximately 320,000 acres of working forest that the company supports in China, enough for all its product packaging.

Apple and Google have...

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03:24
‘iPhone 7s’ dummy model depicts glass back design as...

We’ve received a couple of photos from Apple tipster Sonny Dickson this morning that depict a dummy model for the ‘iPhone 7s Plus’, one of three new phones Apple is said to be launching this year. Although marketing branding is unknown, the ‘7s’ devices are expected to iterate on the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus chassis.

One distinction will be the introduction of glass backs (rather than aluminium), which this dummy model incorporates. It is believed that the phones will support inductive charging. More pictures after the jump …

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00:07
Respawn CEO: Despite sales stumble, expect more...

Titanfall 2 has sustained its playerbase and momentum with free DLC every month since its release, but there's no question that the game was a hit that didn't make the impact it should've. In an interview, Respawn's CEO chalked it up to an inconvenie...

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Friday August 4

22:49
Conjecture Regarding the Precise Details of the...

Thanks to last week’s inadvertent release of an unredacted build of HomePod’s version of iOS, we know some things that we didn’t know before. One of those things is that the new edge-to-edge iPhone is codenamed D22, and that the OS explicitly supports an iPhone display with hardware resolution of 2436 × 1125 pixels.

For reference, all 4.7-inch iPhones to date (6, 6S, and 7) have a display resolution of 1334 × 750, at 326 PPI. All Plus models to date have a display resolution of 1920 × 1080, at 401 PPI. Apple publishes these numbers on the iPhone tech specs comparison page.

Back in 2014, in the lead-up prior to the announcement of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, I tried to guess the pixel...

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22:45
Review: Kwikset Premis HomeKit lock chews through...




The Kwikset Premis is a lot of things. It's a HomeKit compatible connected deadbolt with a nice touch number pad with well-lit numerals. It's also a disappointment. We reviewed it for an extended period and found all the wrinkles.

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22:45
This week on AI: See the final 'iPhone 8'...




Early HomePod firmware, ironically, exposed a bevy of secrets about Apple's "iPhone 8," including the general design of the device and features like facial recognition. Not to be outshone, Apple shared its June-quarter financial results, which were up across the board -- including a rare gain in iPad numbers.

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22:40
Apple may integrate Service Workers into WebKit,...




Apple this week began work toward integrating Service Workers, an API that lets browsers run background scripts, into WebKit, suggesting the company might one day support a form of next-generation web app in iOS.

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20:54
Apple reportedly nixes plans to incorporate under-...




Apple has decided not to incorporate an embedded Touch ID solution for its forthcoming "iPhone 8" handset, according to well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, leaving the door open for competitor Samsung to incorporate similar technology in next year's Galaxy Note 9.

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20:33
Facebook tries slipping more local politics into...

Facebook isn't shy about wanting to increase your involvement in politics, and that might soon include seeing posts from the politicians you don't follow. A spokesperson has confirmed to Recode that the social network is testing a feature that slips...

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19:43
OmniOutliner Essentials and Pro 5.1.1

Adds localizations for 10 languages and fixes numerous bugs. ($9.99/59.99 new, free update, 37.1 MB)

 

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19:17
Comcast’s new X1 tools give parents more control...

After debuting an all-in-one streaming app for its cable TV service and a new IoT-commanding home gateway earlier this year, Comcast announced on Friday that it is adding a trio of new parental control features to its X1 internet system: Timed Pause,...

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18:11
YouTube Music adds song and album downloads almost...

It's pretty surprising that Google is updating the YouTube Music app instead of scrapping it wholesale. Before the most recent update it mainly served as a way to cast tunes that don't exist on the Google Play Music app to a Chromecast Audio. With th...

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17:49
Prosecutors claim Marcus Hutchins admitted writing...

Just a couple of days after the FBI arrested Marcus Hutchins (aka MalwareTech) he made an appearance in a Las Vegas federal courthouse, pleading not guilty to charges accusing him of creating the Kronos banking malware. KSNV News 3 Las Vegas reporter...

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17:20
Apple Plans To Release a Cellular-Capable Watch To...

According to Bloomberg, Apple is planning to release a version of the Apple Watch later this year that can connect directly to cellular networks, a move designed to reduce the device's reliance on the iPhone. From the report: Currently, Apple requires its smartwatch to be connected wirelessly to an iPhone to stream music, download directions in maps, and send messages while on the go. Equipped with LTE chips, at least some new Apple Watch models, planned for release by the end of the year, will be able to conduct many tasks without an iPhone in range, the people said. For example, a user would be able to download new songs and use apps and leave their smartphone at home. Intel Corp. will supply the LTE modems for the new Watch, according to another person familiar with the situation. Apple is already in talks with carriers in the U.S. and Europe about offering the cellular version, the people added. The carriers supporting the LTE Apple Watch, at least at launch, may be a limited...

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17:04
US Army reportedly ceasing use of all DJI drone...

According to a memo obtained by sUAS News, the US Army will stop using DJI drones, effective immediately. "Due to increased awareness of cyber vulnerabilities associated with DJI products, it is directed that the US Army halt use of all DJI products,...

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16:43
Fission 2.3.2

Adds support for 32-bit AIFF and WAV files and “extremely” preliminary compatibility with macOS 10.13 High Sierra. ($29 new, free update, 10.4 MB)

 

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16:20
Bring your own SNES cartridges for the Supa RetroN HD

The upcoming launch of Nintendo's SNES Classic has turned up the hype on 16-bit nostalgia, and Hyperkin is ready to seize the moment. The company already builds several consoles built for retro gaming, and now product designer Chris Gallizzi tweeted...

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15:58
'Scape' mode in 'GT Sport' is...

Even if you're garbage at racing games, this fall's GT Sport has a lot to offer beyond absurdly detailed cars. Case in point: "Scape," the game's insanely deep photo mode. More than just freeze-framing the action during a race, Scape will let you dro...

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15:43
Airfoil 5.6.2

Adds “extremely” preliminary compatibility with macOS 10.13 High Sierra and updates the Instant On component. ($29 new, free update, 14.2 MB)

 

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15:40
BOE4 flight schedule

Boeing has to test their engines for long periods of time in flight. I guess these Boeing pilots decided to liven up the boring work and not just fly around in circles.

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15:38
The ghostly radio station that no one claims to run

I love these odd little stories.

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15:20
Apple Owns $52.6 Billion In US Treasury Securities,...

randomErr shares a report from CNBC: If Apple were a foreign country, CEO Tim Cook might have considerable political clout in the United States. That's because the tech giant owns $52.6 billion in U.S. Treasury securities, which would rank it among the top 25 major foreign holders, according to estimates from the Treasury Department and Apple's SEC filings released Wednesday. Apple's stake in U.S. government securities as of June, up from $41.7 billion as of last September, puts it ahead of Israel, Mexico and the Netherlands, according to Treasury data released last month, which tracks up to May of this year. With $20.1 billion in short-term Treasury securities and $31.35 billion in long-term marketable Treasury securities, Apple still falls far below countries like China and Japan, which hold over a trillion dollars in U.S. government debt each -- which has caused considerable hand-wringing in Washington. Still, Apple is way above other big companies like Amazon, which owns less...

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15:11
AWT News Update: August 4, 2017

A short Apple World Today News Update podcast for you today:

  • Not only is the 3rd-generation Apple Watch expected this fall with an LTE chip inside, but now rumors are flying that it will sport a new design as well
  • Some DirecTV Now users are getting invitations to beta-test a new DVR capability, with the function being available on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV
  • OpenSignal finds that 4G LTE download speeds have slowed measurably since last year, mainly due to increased data traffic from unlimited plans launched in February

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

Text Version

This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’...

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14:55
AT&T might be the first US carrier to sell a...

Next year, Huawei may finally get a foothold in the US market when AT&T reportedly begins selling its next leading phone. Getting its support would be huge for the company: It's the third-largest smartphone maker in the world behind Apple and Sam...

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14:35
Report: Apple will release an LTE-enabled Apple...

Apple might have one more trick up its sleeve at its annual fall event. While we’re all waiting for a brand new iPhone that will reportedly bring a brand new design, wireless charging, and AR capabilities, it seems as though Apple is also working on an LTE-enabled Apple Watch that will bring phone independence once and for all.

According to a report by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, “at least some new Apple Watch models” this year will come equipped with LTE chips “planned for release by the end of the year.” That would allow users to receive notifications and phone calls without having an iPhone nearby, as well as download music and use third-party apps.

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14:34
'Despacito' is the third to hold YouTube...

The juggernaut that is Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's 'Despacito' just took the crown for the most-watched YouTube video ever. It crossed the 2.9 billion-watch threshold held by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's "See You Again," which itself only ousted...

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14:19
'Apple Watch Series 3' rumored to boast...




On the heels of news that Apple intends to release an LTE-equipped Apple Watch model later this year, a new rumor surfaced claiming the smartwatch line will receive its first design refresh since launch in 2015.

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14:05
The next Apple Watch might not need an iPhone for...

Well, Apple Watch fans have more to look forward to than just a new operating system. According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple will release a version of its Watch with cellular network support built-in by year's end, relieving users of the nee...

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14:02
AirPods now estimated to ship in four weeks in the U...

As noted by MacRumors, Apple has updated its online store to indicate that AirPods are now estimated to ship in four weeks in the United States, Europe, and many other regions, down from a six-week estimate listed since launching in December. 

The wireless headphones use advanced technology and interact with Siri, Apple’s personal digital assistant. AirPods are available from Apple.com and Apple Stores. They require Apple devices running iOS 10, watchOS 3 or macOS Sierra.

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13:57
Rumor: Apple Watch Series 3 will be cellular capable

The Apple Watch Series 3 — expected in September — will be able to connect directly to cellular networks, a move designed to reduce reliance on the iPhone, according to Bloomberg, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the matter.”

Apple currently requires the smartwatch to be connected wirelessly to an iPhone to stream music, download directions in maps, and send messages while on the go. Equipped with LTE chips, at least some next gen Apple Watch models will be able to conduct many tasks without an iPhone in range, according to Bloomberg. For example, a user would be able to download new songs and use apps and leave their smartphone at home.

Apple's Apple Watch Series is expected to focus on improving battery life and overall performance, but will probably sport no major redesign. It may also pack ambient display...

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13:48
Rumor: Apple experimenting with various types of AR...

Apple is experimenting with various types of augmented reality (AR) glasses, according to the Financial Times (which requires a subscription). Some use their own integrated display; others work with an iPhone.

I’d bet on the latter. Apple has applied for several patents regarding AR. For instance, patent number 9,482,869 is for a “head-mounted display apparatus” for retaining a portable electronic device with display.”

Similar to patent number 8,957,835, it’s for VR goggles that would connect with an iPhone. It seems to involve connecting an iPhone (or perhaps an iPod touch) to a GoPro-ish head mount for viewing media on a private display.

Apple is more interested in AR than virtual reality (VR), because the former connects people whereas the latter is often an isolating experience involving a headset that renders the user blind to the real world. The tech...

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13:47
Bloomberg: Apple adding LTE to next Apple Watch [...

[Update: John Gruber adds that a new form factor is coming this year too:

“It’s hard to overstate just how big a deal this could be. No mention in Businessweek’s report, though, of the all-new form factor that I’ve heard is coming for this year’s new watches.”

This would mark the first external change since the Apple Watch debuted.]

Bloomberg reports that Apple is planning to release an updated Apple Watch model by the end of this year with built-in cellular connectivity. Bringing cellular connectivity to the Apple Watch has been...

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13:47
Apple to launch cellular connected Apple Watch later...




A report on Friday claims Apple is planning to release a version of Apple Watch this fall with an integrated cellular LTE chipset, allowing the device to connect to offsite servers without the help of iPhone.

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13:46
Coinbase will support newly-minted Bitcoin Cash...

Earlier this week, disgruntled members of the bitcoin community successfully split a new cryptocurrency off from the main branch. Bitcoin Cash, as it's called, attempts to speed up transactions, a key problem with bitcoin's aging structure. But the n...

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13:35
$1.7 million worth of fake Apple goods confiscated...

1.3 million pounds (approximately US$1.7 million) worth of fake Apple goods have been seized by West Sussex Trading Standards of the West Sussex County Council, reports ITV News. It’s the biggest in its history.

Fake chargers, batteries, cables, headphones and adapters were seized from a warehouse in London. An investigation was launched after a charger, bought for £59 from a shop in Haywards Heath in West Sussex overheated, notes ITV News.

Photo courtesy of West Sussex County Council

The customer became alarmed at how hot it became when charging her MacBook, so she contacted Trading Standards, which later found it was fake and unsafe. The trail led to another shop in Brighton and on to a warehouse in Kingston-upon-Thames.

The West Sussex County Council (WSCC) is the authority that governs the non-...

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13:24
Proposed emojis include the drunk face and sad poo...

It's only been a month since the Unicode Emoji Consortium released version 10 of the colorful little communication icons, including more diverse images along with zombies, a T-rex and (yes) a sandwich icon. Now, though, the group has yet another set...

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13:20
Friday 5: ScreenFlow 7 adds dark mode, custom...

In this week’s edition of Friday 5, we take a look at ScreenFlow 7 — a major update to the previous version of the popular screen recording and editing app. ScreenFlow 7 features brand new export options, a newly-implemented dark mode interface, support for custom hotkey mapping, and much more. Have a look at five of my favorite new features found in this major ScreenFlow update. more…

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12:59
Apple experimenting with 'several different...




As Apple invests heavily in augmented reality, the company is still internally unsure about where the future of AR hardware may go, and as a result there are reportedly multiple competing projects being developed internally.

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12:47
Billboard’s ‘Artist Pass’ is Snapchat’s first music-...

Snapchat is getting a music documentary series courtesy of Billboard. Called Artist Pass, the series' five-minute long episodes will give viewers behind-the-scenes looks at musicians as they prepare for their performances, and artists like Luke Bryan...

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12:32
Report: Apple’s AR glasses product may rely on...

A new report from the Financial Times offers an update on the progress of Apple’s AR glasses product rumored to be in development. According to the new details, the vision for Apple’s glasses product isn’t totally clear as of yet…

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12:30
Child’s Play is giving joy and gaming carts to more...

If you're at a children's hospital next year, the chances of seeing one of the Gamers Outreach Foundation's (GOF) signature Go Karts are pretty high. The all-in-one rolling gaming rigs have proved quite popular in the 25 facilities that currently hav...

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12:22
Video: See instant markup and notes with Apple...




The Apple Pencil will become more powerful and useful than ever with this fall's release of iOS 11, giving users the ability to instantly begin drawing and taking notes as soon as the stylus is in hand. AppleInsider offers a closer look at how the new feature will work on the iPad Pro.

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12:00
9to5Rewards: Colorware custom skins for iPhone, iPad...

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is Minnesota based Colorware. If you’re not already familiar, the company offers a wide selection of device skins, custom painting, printing, and more. The company has an iPhone, iPad, or MacBook skin of the winner’s choice to giveaway to 9to5 readers.

more…

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11:52
AT&T launching beta of DirecTV Now DVR...




AT&T has launched a round of beta testing for its DirecTV Now streaming service DVR, and is inviting select iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV customers to participate.

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11:15
Police seize $1.69M in fake Apple accessories from...




A collection of fake Apple products estimated to be worth £1.3 million ($1.69 million) were seized from a warehouse in London on Tuesday, with the raid by UK police and local Trading Standards officials confiscating a large collection of imitation Apple chargers, batteries, and other items.

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11:03
Apple airs two new 'Rock X Siri' ads based...




Apple on Friday released two new iPhone 7 ads, once again tied into its "Rock X Siri: Dominate the Day" short.

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10:55
Happy Hour Podcast 131 | Apple leaks the iPhone 8,...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss Apple’s latest earnings results, the mistakenly published HomePod software, all the details it has revealed about the iPhone 8, and much more. 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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10:51
Send and Receive Faxes Cheaply with the Right iOS App

Apps proliferate for sending and receiving that antiquated form of document transfer, the fax. Pick the right app to keep costs down.

 

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10:46
Best Buy is selling Amazon devices at a steep...

Best Buy has a one-day sale on Amazon devices today. The sale includes the Kindle Paperwhite, super cheap Fire tablets, and, yes, Alexa-powered devices like the Echo and Echo Dot. The discounts end just before 10 PM Pacific on Friday.

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10:23
IoT Pays Off: Ecobee and Xcel Energy team up for...

Companies and consumers alike are beginning to reap the rewards of the "Internet of Things". A while back, I wrote a review of the Ecobee 3 Lite smart thermostat, a HomeKit-compatible thermostat that works well with Siri. Not only has the Ecobee 3 Lite down a great job of keeping our house comfortable, but it's now going to save us even more money on our electrical bill. Ecobee has teamed up with utility company Xcel Energy for a program called AC Rewards in which the utility can remotely control the thermostat on high-demand hot summer days to reduce electrical loads.

Signing up for the program requires one of four...

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10:15
What’s Wrong with the Touch Bar

After close to a year with a 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Josh Centers doesn’t find Apple’s new alternative input device all that useful. He explains why, and offers some suggestions for how Apple could make it better.

 

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10:02
Review: Action Band for Apple Watch offers sharp...

For the last few weeks I’ve been using the Action Band for Apple Watch by X-Doria and it’s the most comfortable sport band I’ve worn to date. With unique design, both familiar and new color options, and a price tag 50% less than Apple’s Sport Band, Action Band is worth your attention.

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09:57
Performance added for "(R)evolution of Steve...

Edward Parks as Steve Jobs. Photo courtesy of The Santa Fe Opera

If you missed out on the other world premiere performances of the new opera "The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs" at Santa Fe Opera, you're in luck. The opera has been so well received that Santa Fe Opera has added an extra performance on August 22, 2017.

Just how good is "The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs"? Here are excerpts from rave reviews listed in an email from The Santa Fe Opera:

"A triumph"
— The Washington Post

"Breathtaking inventiveness and dramatic power — 
a true fusion of sound and subject matter"
— San Francisco Chronicle

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09:50
Facebook Takes Another Stab at Neutralizing Fake News


Stung by charges that it allowed fake news stories to proliferate during the 2016 election cycle, Facebook has begun rolling out broadly a feature meant to regain the trust of its members. The tool effectively will surround questionable stories with related news stories offering different perspectives -- a strategy intended to help readers discern where the truth lies. Facebook this spring began testing a feature that offers different takes on stories fact checkers have disputed as false, including coverage by legitimate news organizations.

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09:49
Apple said to be targeting March quarter 2018 launch...




Apple assembly partner Wistron is allegedly preparing to expand its production in India, setting the stage for a second-generation iPhone SE shipping in the first quarter of 2018.

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09:42
Rumor: Wistron Corp. to produce the next-generation...

Taiwan-based contract electronics maker Wistron Corp. is preparing to expand of its production base in India to produce the next-generation iPhone SE, reports Focus Taiwan, quoit unnamed “sources in the South Asian country.”

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

Getting a foothold in India has been a challenge for Apple. The company has opened its retail stores in a number of countries around the world, but not in India. The country has restrictive real estate investment laws for foreign companies.

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09:40
Deals: High-end 2017 15" MacBook Pro for $2,649...




Weekend deals are in effect now with instant savings on Apple's new Mid 2017 15-inch MacBook Pro. Or save hundreds on closeout 2016 models with no tax collected outside NY and NJ. Back to school shoppers can also pick up a 21.5" iMac HD for $899.99 ($50 off) with no tax collected outside NY and NJ.

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09:33
Apple retail establishments are the new mall anchor...

Apple’s retail stores are turning into the new mall anchor store, a role once held by department stores, because they draw lots of foot traffic, which also benefits the smaller stores.

In the U.S., there are roughly about 140 million customers with iPhones, estimated Gene Munster, a partner in Loup Ventures in an interview with TheStreet, and those millions usually need to go to a bricks-and-mortar store for service.

"An Apple Store in a mall is equivalent to staying alive at a mall," he added.

The presence of an Apple Store in a mall also increases the value of a mall and allows mall owners to raise square-footage rates for other tenants. Robin Abrams, a commercial real estate executive in New York City, told TheStreet that hedge funds evaluating malls will factor in whether or not...

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Echo Dot $35, 2016 12-inch...

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09:14
Samsung Display revving up its OLED lines to prepare...

According to the Korean news site, etnews, Samsung Display will operate seven of its sixth generation flexible OLED lines on full scale this month to prepare for the “iPhone 8.” The next gen phone is expected to debut in September, although supplies will probably (and as usual) be constrained.

The article says its production capacity of panels for Apple smartphones will increase sevenfold from 15,000 panels per month from last year to 105,000 panels per month this year. If etnews and other reports are correction, the next generation smartphone will be the first to use OLED tech.

OLED technology is used in many high-end smartphones.  Supporters of the technology praise its high contrast/deep blacks and potential thickness and power consumption advantages.

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08:32
Apple may give the iPhone SE a speed boost early...

Apple may be planning to launch an updated version of the iPhone SE with a faster chip early next year, according to at least one rumor. Apple upgraded the storage options for the current iPhone SE earlier this year, but the processor and other specs remained the same.

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07:59
Samsung operating 7 OLED lines at full capacity for...




Samsung Display will reportedly be operating seven OLED production lines at "full scale" this month in order to churn out panels for Apple's "iPhone 8," the first iPhone to use OLED technology.

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07:09
Video shows pilot sending image from iPhone to...




Taking peer-to-peer direct wireless transfers to new heights, a new video shows Apple's AirDrop technology being used to send pictures taken from one plane to another in-flight, at 35,000 feet.

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07:00
Worldwide AR/VR market will grow from $11B today to...

As ARKit demo apps continue to generate excitement for the launch of the iPhone 8, whose 3D cameras are expected to be optimized for augmented reality, IDC is predicting a profitable future for the technology …

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06:56
'Cold' smiley, frowning poo among 67 emoji...




The Unicode Technical Committee has introduced 67 emoji as "draft candidates" for inclusion in the Unicode 11 standard come the second half of 2018, which may dictate what characters will be seen in "iOS 12" and the follow-up to macOS High Sierra.

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06:28
Samsung OLED production lines dedicated to iPhones...

Samsung is ramping-up manufacturing volumes on seven separate OLED production lines dedicated to panels for the iPhone 8, according to a Korean report. While the panels are described as ‘flexible,’ this simply refers to the type of screen needed for an edge-to-edge display.

The report says that full-scale production will begin later this month, with output capacity increasing by 700% …

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06:00
Get Ready For iPhone Wireless Charging with this...

We don't know for certain if the mythical iPhone 8 will feature Qi wireless charging, but it's almost guaranteed that Apple -- a member of the Wireless Power Consortium that developed the Qi standard -- will adopt the standard soon. You can take advantage of the technology today with the Mini Qi Wireless Charging Pad from Mobile Kingdom, available for just $11.99 in black or white.

Use the Charging Pad with a Qi-compatible case like the mophie charge force case for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and you'll find that charging becomes as easy as laying your iPhone on the Mini Qi Wireless Charging Pad. That "puck" you see at the top of this post is what the charger...

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05:51
Smartphone use has radical impact on mental health...

San Diego State University professor of psychology and author Jean Twenge has claimed that smartphone usage is having a radical impact on both the behavior and mental health of U.S. teenagers.

The arrival of the smartphone has radically changed every aspect of teenagers’ lives, from the nature of their social interactions to their mental health […] Rates of teen depression and suicide have skyrocketed since 2011. It’s not an exaggeration to describe iGen as being on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades. Much of this deterioration can be traced to their phones.

Far from being the usual generalized complaint about teens spending too much time staring at their screens, Dr Twenge has plenty of hard data to support her contentions – made in The Atlantic, the magazine in which Laurene Powell Jobs recently bought a majority stake...

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05:46
AppleInsider podcast talks Q3 earnings, HomePod...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about Apple's fiscal third-quarter 2017 earnings call, plus all the information that's hidden in the HomePod firmware.

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05:00
Strategy Analytics: Apple Watch sales placed around...

While Apple has never released exact numbers as to how many Apple Watch units have been sold, Strategy Analytics puts the number around 30 million.

This puts it behind Xiaomi in the wearables market, but definitely in respectable territory.

“Apple shipped 2.8 million wearables worldwide in Q2 2017, growing 56 percent annually from 1.8 million in Q2 2016,” said Strategy Analytics Director Cliff Raskind. “Apple has for now lost its wearables leadership to Xiaomi, due to a lack of presence in the sizable fitness band subcategory.”

Raskind added that this could change with the introduction of the Apple Watch Series 3, which is expected to ship this fall.

“The rumored upcoming Watch Series 3 launch with enhanced health tracking could prove to be a popular smartwatch model and enable Apple to reclaim the top wearables spot later this year,” he said.

According to the firm, Apple shipped 2.8 million units during the second quarter of 2017, compared to...

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05:00
Apple files for patent for remotely updating a...

A 2016 Apple filling with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) showed that the company is urging the FCC should “recognize solutions such as the MFi [Made for iPhone] hearing aid platform as alternatives for hearing aid compatibility compliance.” And the tech company apparently has other plans along these lines, having filed for a patent (number 2017022341) for “remotely updating a hearing aid profile.”

It would allow users to replace a current hearing aid profile stored in a hearing aid. In one embodiment, the hearing aid profile is updated by sending a hearing aid profile update request to a hearing aid profile service, receiving the updated healing aid profile from the hearing aid profile service, and replacing the current hearing aid profile in the hearing aid with the updated hearing aid profile.

I’m pretty sure Apple isn’t planning to go into the hearing aid business, but is more interested in having such aids work in conjunction with iPhones. However,...

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